Ivy Tech Community College receives grant to launch online literacy tutorial

INDIANAPOLIS— Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana developed a statewide open-source information literacy tutorial with the support of a $69,634 Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant received in 2013. The completed tutorial will be launched this summer.

Under the direction of the Ivy Tech Statewide Library Directors Committee, in collaboration with MediaFuel and with assistance from Indy Translations, LLC, Ivy Tech Information Literacy Tutorial (Ivy TILT) is comprised of a collection of modules designed to teach information literacy skills. It will be launched in Summer 2014 at Ivy Tech campuses. The tutorial modules are interactive, focusing on specific aspects of information literacy, such as information evaluation, search techniques, and academic integrity. Ivy TILT will provide information and teach skills that will support Hoosiers in their academic, personal, and employment pursuits.

“This tutorial will give people across the state the chance to improve their online literacy,” said Ivy Tech Community College President Thomas J. Snyder. “By developing this program, we will enable our students to develop skills in evaluating information that can be used to succeed inside and outside the classroom, particularly improving upon their techniques for finding future employment.”

IvyTILT is available to Ivy Tech students and faculty as well as high school students enrolled in dual credit courses. The modules are also available in Spanish to serve Indiana’s Latino population. By embracing open-source sharing among non-Ivy Tech libraries including public, K-12, and higher education institutions, it is the goal of the Ivy Tech library directors to make IvyTILT available to all residents of Indiana at some point in the future.

This project has been made possible by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services administered by the Indiana State Library. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute’s mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually. Ivy Tech has campuses throughout Indiana. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering affordable degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its community along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.

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