Frequently asked questions about TILT

 

What is TILT?

What research skills are taught in the modules?

How long are the modules?

Who may use TILT?

What is the purpose of registration?

When may people begin to use this site?

What do you need to access TILT?

What does the cookie do?

How do students prove they completed a module?

How can TILT be used effectively with courses?

Who can be contacted for more information?

 

What is TILT?
TILT is a Web-based, educational site focusing on fundamental research skills. It was designed primarily for undergraduate students at UT System institutions. All three modules are available in two versions: "Full TILT" (with high interactivity) and "TILT Lite" (which requires no plug-ins).

 

What research skills are taught in the modules?
Students are taught three groups of skills related to research: selecting appropriate sources, searching library databases and the Internet, and evaluating and citing information. Each of these skills is emphasized in a separate module with text, interactions, and a quiz.

 

How long are the modules?
Each module is designed to take less than 30 minutes from registration through the final quiz. Actual time spent with each interaction will vary from student to student.

 

Who may use TILT?
TILT is a Web-based resource available to anyone on the Internet. It was designed for use by any students within the UT System, but students from other schools as well as instructors, administrators, librarians, and all others are welcome to register as a First-Time Visitor or preview the site as a Guest.

 

What is the purpose of registration?
The registration process allows us to collect some statistics about our visitors. From the registration page we will know how many people from each campus have logged in as well as what year in school they are, if they have an email address, and their name for discussion boards and quiz results. We ask for the students' birthdate in place of a password which they are likely to forget.

 

When may people begin to use this site?
Anyone may access TILT. We welcome your comments. You do not need to notify us ahead if you would like to use this with a class. We welcome your comments and expect we will learn a lot from any problems reported to us, especially as growing numbers of students use the site.

 

What do you need to access TILT?
The "Full TILT" version is the most interactive and personalized. Computers with faster processors and higher-speed Internet connections work best. To access this version you need 1) at least Netscape 3 or Explorer 4, 2) "accept cookies" selected in your browser, and 3) the Flash plug-in. All of these are explained within the initial pages of TILT. The "TILT Lite" version includes fewer interactions, but does not require any additional plug-ins. To access this version you need 1) at least Netscape 3 or Explorer 4 and 2) "accept cookies" selected in your browser.

 

What does the cookie do?
The cookie allows us to collect general statistics about the student responses to the quiz. Answers to each question are tabulated as well as comments collected. We do not track any individual's specific answers. This cookie is sent back just to our server and erased from the student's computer when they leave the site.

 

How do students prove they completed a module?
At the end of each module is a brief self-assessment section or quiz. Quizes are no longer than 10 questions. As they answer each question, they will immediately get a response. The final quiz page will give them a summary of their answers and the percentage correct. Students may take the quiz as many times as they like, though they must go all the way through it each time. If their computer accepts cookies, their name will also be on this summary. Registered visitors are able to email their results to their instructors; all visitors are able to print the quiz results.

 

How can TILT be used effectively with courses?
TILT was designed specifically for classes with a substantial writing component or introductory level research. It is best if TILT is assigned and completed before students begin their research or attend a library workshop on advanced research skills. Any instructor can simply give their students the URL and have them complete it on their own time. It is preferable that instructors talk to the instruction librarian on their campus about using this resource and the local library resources that are discussed in TILT.

 

Who can be contacted for more information?
Talk to the instruction librarian on your campus for more information about these skills, local resources on your campus, or specific ideas about using TILT as an assignment. Use our form if you have comments or questions about the site.