An educational resource for information literacy in higher education: visibility and usability of the e-COMS academic portal
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Pinto, M. ; Doucet, A.-V. An educational resource for information literacy in higher education: visibility and usability of the e-COMS academic portal. En: Scientometrics. 2007, vol.72, n. 2, pp. 225-252. [http://hdl.handle.net/10481/21690]
As in today’s knowledge society the Internet is playing an important role in the information literacy of university students the goal of this paper is to analyse, after its first year on the Web, the informational impact of an e-learning resource developed by Granada’s University lecturers (the e-COMS educational portal), a pioneer in Spain for training in information literacy. From the objective and subjective data provided by the own portal and by it users, two different and complementary kinds of analysis (functional and users’) are performed. Assessment of various capabilities, among which visibility and usability stand out, is provided. The highly positive but improvable results offer a detailed analysis of the functional aspects of the portal itself and of the users’ relations with this information resource. From these analyses strengths and weaknesses are extracted and some proposals for improvement are derived.