The Virtual Training Suite has launched a Welsh translation of the “Internet Detective” tutorial as a free download for universities and colleges to make available via their Virtual Learning Environments (VLEs).
The new Welsh translation and download files were generously provided by staff from the eLearning and translation departments at Coleg Meirion-Dwyfor, and while created for Moodle, should also be suitable for use in other VLE software.
Download the Welsh VLE version “Gwe-dditectif” from:
(Simply download the zip file into Moodle and unzip from within the site. Then “add a file or website” with the file “index_w” as the target – there is an index file for each of the sections of the tutorial in their respective folders).
The tutorial is being publicised to universities and colleges in Wales by JISC RSC Wales.
What is Internet Detective?
Internet Detective is a free online tutorial designed to help students develop the critical thinking required for their Internet research. The tutorial offers practical advice on evaluating the quality of websites and highlights the need for care when selecting online information sources to inform university or college work. Since it’s launch in June 2006 Internet Detective has served over 2.75 million pages to nearly a quarter of a million users.
“Students are increasingly turning to the Internet to find information for their coursework or assignments, but they can be naïve in the sources they choose. There is concern among lecturers and librarians that students often degrade their work by referencing inappropriate information sources and by failing to use the key scholarly materials that they should be using.” (Emma Place, co-author of Internet Detective).
The tutorial adopts a film noir detective metaphor to offer a light-hearted guide to developing Internet skills to help with studying and research. Internet Detective is widely used in university and college courses to help students develop discerning use of the Internet.
“We used the tutorial within the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) at Manchester Metropolitan University and it has been very popular with tutors from a range of subjects, including Information Science, Law, Science and Engineering. Our user-testing suggests the new tutorial will be useful for students of all subjects new to studying at university level, or returning to study after a break” (Margaret Kendall, co-author).