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  • Monograph “Information and Digital Competencies in Higher Education”
  • Open Access

A Plan for Information Competency Training via Virtual Classrooms: Analysis of an Experience Involving University Students

International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education20107:7020048

  • Received: 15 February 2010
  • Accepted: 15 March 2010
  • Published:


This article describes and analyses an information competency training programme for students, implemented by the University of La Laguna library. The initial experience began in 2006, when several information competency courses for new students were given in collaboration with several lecturers teaching core subjects.

The success of the initiative led to a change in the library Training Service’s plan and programme. The main aim was to foster the acquisition of information management competency (finding, evaluating, using and communication information). To that end, a competency training programme was developed. The programme had a sequence of learning levels to cover different needs throughout a student’s academic life. It also included competency refresher courses for teaching staff and administrative and service staff (PAS), and courses for external users interested in acquiring information competencies.

Training was carried out using an e-learning approach and several virtual classrooms were created to teach the courses. These were created on the Moodle platform and integrated into the University of La Laguna’s virtual campus. The results of the users’ assessment of the courses are presented, showing that they successfully attained the planned objectives.


  • information competencies
  • information literacy
  • training
  • virtual courses
  • e-learning