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February 16, 2000

TILT Texas Information Literacy Tutorial
Written By: Hazel Jobe

This interactive library tutorial sponsored by the University of Texas System Digital Library gives users the opportunity to develop information literacy skills in an interactive, fun way.

The tutorial uses whimsical graphics and flash animations. The writing style is lighthearted, and the tutorial makes excellent use of advanced interactive techniques. Users can choose to explore the site Full TILT -- plug-ins required-- or Lite TILT -- without plug-ins.

TILT is a well-organized site that allows users to navigate through the tutorial with ease. Directions and links for downloading the necessary plug-ins are included. Users can also investigate other areas of the site by using the menu bar at the top and bottom of the screen.

The Texas Information Literacy Tutorial (TILT) is written for college students but could be used with high school students or by anyone who wants to improve research skills. A few misconceptions about the Internet are dispelled in the introduction. The tutorial is divided into three modules: Selecting, Searching and Evaluating Sources. Each module includes a lesson about the topic, interactions, and a quiz. Modules are designed to require about 30 minutes each. Students can explore Full TILT with all the bells and whistles or choose Lite TILT with just the text and few graphics. Help and tips are available along the way for explanations of key words, concepts, and accessing other parts of the site. The quiz results can be e-mailed to the teacher. This is an excellent tool for teachers to add to their bag of tricks for teaching information literacy skills.