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Evaluating Information Skills Training Courses (InfoSkills2)


About InfoSkills2.....


Welcome to the Evaluating Information Skills Training Course (InfoSkills2) web pages. InfoSkills2 is an online interactive course on evaluating information skills training courses that is being delivered by email and Web pages. The course has been comissioned by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) as a FOLIOz course for Australian librarians. The aim of this course is to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate information skills training courses.


The InfoSkills2 course began on Monday 4th August 2008 and finished on Friday 19th September 2008. For the course materials see the InfoSkills2 archive. To see an outline of the course see the InfoSkills2 course timetable.


Course aim....


The course aims to equip you with the knowledge and skills to effectively evaluate information skills training courses.



Course objectives....


By the end of this course, participants will be able to:


  • Understand and define the concepts of ‘information skills’ and 'information literacy'.
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of learning.
  • Design feedback forms for students.
  • Evaluate feedback from students.
  • Measure the impact of information skills training courses.
  • Evaluate training provision.
  • Engage with fellow course participants in discussing issues arising from evaluating information skills training.



InfoSkills2 Course Materials...


Key materials:

  • The portfolio template for the course is available to download here: please select either the Group-supported version or the Self-directed version depending on which route you are following. (Please note that this Wiki works best if you open these files in a new window)






Buddy Group List:

Find out who your buddies are at: Buddy Group List


InfoSkills2 Discussion Area


For more information about the discussion area see InfoSkills2 discussion area email


For more information about InfoSkills2, see the following references:

  • Alison Brettle. 2007. Evaluating information skills training in health libraries: a systematic review. Health Information and Libraries Journal  24 (s1): 18-37.

  • Alison Brettle and Joanne Greenhalgh. 2004. Made to Measure: developing a template to assess the effectiveness of information skills training CILIP: Health Libraries Group 2004 Conference. [Online] [Accessed July 2008]
  • Ian Forsyth, Alan Jolliffe and David Stevens. 1999. Evaluating a Course. London, Taylor & Francis Ltd. (2nd rev ed.) ISBN: 0749428104.
  • Donald Kirkpatrick. 1979. Techniques for evaluating training programs. Training and Development Journal, 33 (6): 78-92
  • Leeds Metropolitan University and Manchester Metropolitan University. 2002. The Big Blue Information Skills Toolkit: Evaluation [Online] [Accessed July 2008]
  • National Library for Health. 2008. Evaluation Toolkit [Online] [Accessed July 2008]
  • Jo Webb and Chris Powis. 2004. Teaching Information Skills: Theory and practice. London: Facet Publishing

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