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

Un plan de formación en competencias de información a través de aulas virtuales: análisis de una experiencia con alumnado universitario


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.


En este artículo presentaremos la descripción y el análisis de un programa de formación en competencias informacionales para estudiantes desarrollado por la biblioteca de la Universidad de La Laguna. La experiencia inicial comenzó en el año 2006 con la impartición de distintos cursos sobre competencias informacionales dirigidos a los alumnos de nuevo ingreso, en colaboración con varios profesores que impartían asignaturas troncales.

El éxito de dicha iniciativa motivó un cambio en la planificación y programación del Servicio de Formación de la Biblioteca. El objetivo principal era potenciar la adquisición de la competencia en la gestión de información (localización, evaluación, uso y comunicación). Para ello se elaboró un programa de formación en competencias secuenciado con niveles de aprendizaje diferenciados a lo largo de toda la vida académica del alumno. También incluyé cursos de reciclaje en competencias para el profesorado, el PAS y los usuarios externos interesados en adquirir competencias informacionales. La formación se desarrolló bajo la modalidad de e-learning. Para ellos se formaron varias aulas virtuales para la impartición de los cursos. Estas fueron creadas en la plataforma Moodle e integradas en el campus virtual de esta universidad. Se presentan resultados de valoración de los usuarios, que reflejan que fueron exitosos en el logro de los objetivos previstos.


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Hernández Hernández, C.J. A Plan for Information Competency Training via Virtual Classrooms: Analysis of an Experience Involving University Students. Int J Educ Technol High Educ 7, 48–59 (2010).

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