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Learner Task Analysis

June 23, 2012

ID Project Description
In a 1.5 hour workshop, faculty will be able to access and use library resources through the ipad. Following the session, faculty will be able to: access and search selected library databases, download journal articles from library databases, download ebooks through an ebook app, and identify and use iannotate, goodreader, and notability apps for research.

Learning Goal and Type of Learning
At the end of a 1.5 hour workshop, faculty learners will be able to access and use library resources such as ebooks and journal articles, and to evaluate, select, download and use appropriate productivity apps for academic research.

Using Gagne’s Type of Learning Outcomes, (Smith & Ragan, 2005), this goal falls within the Intellectual Skills type of learning. Faculty learners will learn how to apply rules of ipad use, combine that with their extensive previous knowledge of conducting library research through traditional online methods, and complete effective academic research on their new ipad.

Major steps:

  1. Download ebooks
  2. Access journal articles
  3. Connect to network drive/work files
  4. Annotate research materials
  5. Take notes

The first skill of downloading  ebooks fall predominantly within the Procedures intellectual skills type; faculty learners will follow concrete steps to create accounts to download ebooks from the library collection. The rest of the steps for this session fall within the Problem-Solving intellectual skills type, although certain subskills will fall within Procedural. Faculty Learners will evaluate the problem of using a new device, apply their prior knowledge of how to do research, evaluate new applications and procedures on the ipad, and synthesize new and prior knowledge to conduct library research on their ipads.

Graphic – All major steps in learning tasks

Graphic – Subskills in Step 2a

Graphic – Prerequisite Analysis of Step 2a

Ordered steps  of Steps and Prerequisites (bold) of Step 2.a: Access Journal articles through web browser (Narrative):

  1. Open safari web browser (must know what a web browser is. Must know that touching app icon will open it – other ITS training)
    1. Find Safari web browser icon (usually in the bottom “shelf” on ipad apps screen
    2. Touch icon with finger to open it
  2. Browse to library website (must know that URL in URL bar is the web address)
    1. Touch URL bar in browser window. Type
  3. Create Bookmark.
    1. Discuss bookmarks – Analogy: like bookmarks in a book that takes you to the page where the bookmark is no matter where you are in a book, a web bookmark takes you directly to a preset web page no matter where you are on the internet.
    2. Touch icon that is box with arrow going out of it at top of browser screen
    3. Select Add Bookmark
    4. Edit bookmark name if desired
    5. Select Done
    6. Select bookmark icon which is the book icon at top of browser screen
    7. See Library bookmark. Select and go to library website immediately
  4. Select Find> Articles/Databases > Academic Search Complete (must know that Academic Search Complete is our general database for journal articles – other library training)
  5. Search database for topic of interest (must know how to do research in academic databases. Other library training).
    1. Touch screen in first search box.
    2. Type search phrase using on-screen keyboard. Select “Search”.
    3. Review list of results. If the list is relevant, go to next step. If the list is not relevant, revise search terms. Ask librarian for search assistance.
  6. Select article record by touching article title (must understand bibliographic information such as title, author, etc – other library training)
  7. Select full text if available – (must know what full-text means. Must be familiar with journal articles in pdf format)
  8. Select Interlibrary loan link if not available (must know ILLIAD system – other library training)

Learning Objectives
When using an ipad, faculty learners will be able to successfully:

  1. Download relevant ebooks
  2. Access relevant journal articles through web browser
  3. Access relevant journal articles through library database app
  4. Evaluate, Select, and Download a productivity app, such as GoodReader, for connection to network drives
  5. Use a productivity app, such as GoodReader, to connect to network drives to access work files
  6. Evaluate, Select, and Download a productivity app, such as iAnnotate, for annotation
  7. Use a productivity app, such as iAnnotate, to annotate and highlight research materials
  8. Transfer annotated research material to network drive
  9. Evaluate, Select, and Download a productivity app, such as Notability, for note-taking
  10. Use a productivity app to take notes, such as Notability, while conducting academic research
  11. Transfer notes to network drive for future storage and access
  12. Create a bookmark in the Safari web browser


Smith, P. L., & Ragan, T. J. (2005). Instructional design. Hoboken, N.J.: J. Wiley & Sons.
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