The EMCC Gen. Ed. abilities assessment cycle is a three years cycle. Prior to assessment there is never a guarantee that students have had formal instruction aligned to the abilities being assessed. Seeing an opportunity to test out an intervention tool in the form of an online tutorial, a pilot was conducted with two classes, ENG102 and ECN211. The tutorial was designed to align with the Information Literacy EMCC Gen. Ed. Abilities. The driving research question was: Can an intervention be created to support the teaching of EMCC Gen. Ed. IL Abilities for Information Literacy?
A total of 44 student participated in the tutorial however, it was not a large enough sample to make any real comparisons. Regardless, some noticeable similarities emerged from the data from this pilot. First, similar average tutorial scores between the classes occurred. Second, both classes had similar response patterns. The findings from this pilot have already informed future work on online IL tutorials for the Information Resources Dept.