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An edX Course on Advanced Literature Searching in the Health Sciences

Sunday, May 5
2:05 PM - 2:10 PM
Room: Columbus KL (East Tower, Ballroom/Gold Level)

Background : A team of informationists at an academic institution partnered with local educational experts to create an edX course on advanced literature searching. The course spans the search process, from finding the right resources to reporting the process well. Through a series of educational methods (lectures, interviews) and activities, the instructors share their collected experience and expertise with the learners, who approach the course with a general interest in the process or with a specific project in mind. To our knowledge there is no other massive open online course (MOOC) that covers the search process as comprehensively as this one does.


Description : A planning team convened in 2016 to develop the course. Its initial work, spanning several months, resulted in a syllabus that consisted of eight core lessons. Each lesson included content and activity ideas, with objectives mapping directly to the overarching course objectives. This work fed the proposal that was submitted to the unit that coordinates campus MOOC initiatives. The proposal was accepted, ultimately providing the team with access to resources, technologies, and educational experts that otherwise would have been inaccessible.

The course maintains a weekly lesson structure; however, all content becomes immediately available to learners upon registration. edX provides instructors with assorted learner data, including completion rates and demographics. A survey integrated into the course provides additional data about effectiveness and applicability of content. Registration has exceeded 1000 in the three months since launch.


Conclusion : The course is ongoing, with new learners registering daily. The team hopes that each learner finds the information relevant to their search interests or needs, regardless of whether they sequentially work through all lessons or choose material more selectively. Ideally, the material will help improve the quality of advanced searches, as well as the discourse that surrounds the search process. As an open course, it has potential for broad appeal, to both librarians and non-librarians, and especially to those who do not have easy access to search experts and professional development courses.


 

Mark MacEachern

Informationist
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Mark MacEachern, MLIS, is an Informationist in the Research & Informatics division at the University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library.

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Patricia F. Anderson

Emerging Technologies Informationist
University of Michigan-Ann Arbor
Ann Arbor, Michigan

I am a medical informationist specializing in emerging technologies relevant to healthcare, with expertise including dental informatics, systematic review methodologies, text mining, web accessibility, social media, gaming for health, and graphic medicine, with recent or forthcoming publications, activity, or resource development in all these areas. Relative to social media expertise (especially Twitter), I have been a Mayo Clinic Social Media Network External Advisory Board member since 2010; am a co-founding partner of the original Cancer Tag Ontology; provide both formal and informal Twitter support for a range of Twitter chats, conferences, and meetings; teach workshops at the University of Michigan on professional Twitter use, Twitter as metadata, Twitter for research, and related topics. I am a co-author on several articles on social media use and cancer. I am the team leader for the Medical Library Association’s international research team given the mission to address information and skills needs around emerging technologies for medical librarians. I was the lead searcher for fourteen teams of the NIH Consensus Development Conference on Dental Caries, which was the first to require use of systematic review methods by all presenters. I have co-taught on systematic reviews with Cochrane Collaboration experts, and collaborated on systematic reviews for Cochrane teams as well as many others. I am a co-instructor for an online course on systematic review methods and a collaborator for a team currently planning a MOOC on advanced searching methods in the health sciences. I was the senior editor of the three-volume book, Medical Library Association Encyclopedic Guide to Searching and Finding Health Information on the Web.

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Emily C. Ginier

Informationist
University of MI
Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Judith Smith

Informationist
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Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Jean Song, AHIP

Assistant Director, Academic and Clinical Engagement
University of Michigan, Taubman Health Sciences Library
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Jean Song, MSI, AHIP is the Assistant Director for Academic and Clinical Engagement at the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan where she currently leads a team focused on deep curricular and clinical integration throughout the health sciences disciplines through library-led instruction, expert and systematic searching, and research.

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Whitney A. Townsend

Informationist
University of Michigan
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, Michigan

Whitney A. Townsend is an informationist in the Taubman Health Sciences Library at the University of Michigan–Ann Arbor. She has been a member of numerous systematic and scoping review teams, she instructs on systematic review searching and methodology for residents, fellows, and faculty, and she is an instructor for the University of Michigan systematic review workshop.

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