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STEP: your questions answered

The launch of first three STEP modules has generated a lot of positive feedback, some useful comments and a number of questions. Some key themes have emerged in the questions, so we hope this post will provide some useful guidance.

One of the most common questions we’ve received is whether the modules can be embedded into local Learning Management Systems. We are pleased to say that when all seven Modules are published on the e-Learning For Healthcare platform in the next few weeks, they will then be made available from the Electronic Staff Record eLearning portal.

For those of you who would like to add the modules to your local Learning Management Systems, you – or your local eLearning manager – can download them from the NHS eLearning Repository, when they become available we will let you know. Remember though, the modules don’t have to be accessed from within a Learning Management System, they can simply be played in a web browser. Alternatively, you can promote the modules on your library web site as Sarah has done, by adding this link and the link to our animations.

Based on some comments we’ve received, we wanted to share some other ideas about how you can use the STEP modules as part of your blended learning offer to complement your local training programmes.

Module 1 is a pre-assessment module which enables the learner to reflect on their current level of knowledge. It also acts a signpost to other modules, helping them to identify any gaps in knowledge or areas where they want to build confidence. This module includes a downloadable sheet for learners to record specific learning needs. You could ask trainees to complete Module 1 before a face to face training session and encourage them to bring their self-assessment sheet highlighting their learning needs.

Modules 2 and 3 cover which resources to search and how to plan a search strategy. These could also be completed prior to face to face training so that in your sessions you are free to focus on hands on practice. Alternatively for longer sessions, you could support users to complete the modules or parts of them within a session. You can also signpost to the modules post-training as a way to reinforce learning.

Module 3 has an animation on the use of OR/AND. As well as being embedded in the modules it is also available on You Tube for linking or embedding into websites or incorporating into presentation slides. You can either use the full video covering both OR/AND or shorter versions on just OR or AND to brighten up your training sessions.

We hope that you can find ways to use the suite of training to complement your existing training and to provide a tool which users can access for support from anywhere.

If you have any other ideas about how the modules could be used in your training, please add your comments below.

Thanks

Sarah and Tracey

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk

Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckhealthcare.nhs.uk

STEP e-learning modules now available!

As you know, we’ve been developing a suite of literature searching modules for you to use as part of the information skills training you offer.

We are delighted to announce that the first three modules are now available from https://www.e-lfh.org.uk/programmes/literature-searching/

‘Building the Foundations’ includes three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and get started planning a search.

Module 1 Introduction to searching
Module 2 Where do I start searching?
Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Please feel free to place these links on your websites use the attached flier to promote the modules.

The next three modules on ‘Developing the Skills’ will be launched later this year and ‘Applying the Skills’ modules will be available in early 2018.

Attached are some FAQs about the modules which you may find helpful.

If you require further information, please contact the project leads:

Tracey Pratchett, Knowledge and Library Services Manager, Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust tracey.pratchett@lthtr.nhs.uk
Sarah Lewis, Library Services Manager, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust sarah.lewis@buckhealthcare.nhs.uk

STEP is stepping up a gear!

Work is progressing on the creation of the STEP e-learning modules. Our content lead, Michelle Maden has made significant strides in working out the detail of the module content and the blended learning team have really got stuck into creating the design.

So far we have

  • Agreed modules, titles and learning objectives
  • Drafted the content of 3 of the 7 modules
  • Planned the basic design of the modules in terms of menus, screen layout and colours
  • Started work on a piece of animation to explain AND/OR
  • Published a piece in the Health Libraries Group Newsletter

We have also decided on the collective name for the modules- How to search the literature effectively: a step by step guide for success. The feedback we received suggested making the title active ie how to.... as well as having positive connotations ie success. The step by step reflects our original project name STEP.

At all stages, we have tried wherever possible to obtain input from our ever helpful Virtual Reference Group, project team clinician and the steering group.

The modules are really starting to take shape now and we are hoping to release the first module for testing early on in the New Year so watch this space….!

Sarah Lewis
Clinical Outreach Librarian
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

Tracey Pratchett
Knowledge and Library Services Manager
Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust