2A1 Assessing Online Systematic Review Training: Updated Findings from an Environmental Scan and Evaluation

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  • Introduction: Online training for systematic review (SR) methodology has become an attractive option due to its flexibility and the limited availability of in-person instruction. Librarians often direct new reviewers to these online resources, so it is important that we are knowledgeable about the variety of training resources available that best fit our patrons' needs. Methods: We reviewed the published literature and conducted an environmental scan of online SR training resources. After screening for inclusion, scores were assigned using a previously published evaluation rubric for online instruction modules. Resources were evaluated in the following areas: 1) content; 2) design; 3) interactivity; 4) usability. Scores were analyzed using descriptive statistics to compare performance across the domains. Results: Twenty resources were evaluated. Overall score average was 61%. Online courses (n=7) averaged 73%, web modules (n=5) 64%, and videos (n=8) 48%. The top five highest scoring resources were in course and web module format, featured high interactivity, and required a longer (>5hrs) time commitment from users. Conclusion: Score analysis suggests that resources include appropriate content, but are less likely to adhere to principles of web-based training design and interactivity. Just-in-time, quick resources like videos could benefit from such principles. Awareness of these resources has benefited team members and enabled them to make informed recommendations for training based on patrons' needs. Future online SR training resources should pay greater attention to established best practices for online instruction in order to provide high quality resources regardless of format or user time commitment.

  • Date created
    2017-05-15
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  • Type of Item
    Conference Paper
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R31834F0J
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    Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International