Guide on the Side is open source software developed by University of Arizona librarians. It helps you quickly and easily create online interactive tutorials. The Guide on the Side was built on sound pedagogical principles of online learning including interactivity, authentic tasks, and individualized feedback.
GotS is an excellent tutorial creation tool that can be used to develop interactive learning experiences for a wide range of e-learning objectives:
All of the examples above would provide "user engaged," interactive learning. The possibilities are endless.
Why use GotS
Active Learning: GotS actively engages the user with activities such as screen manipulation, data input, problem solving. The learning is anything but passive.
Quick & Easy: The learning curve for GotS developers is very low. The development of GotS tutorials can be very fast, though the tutorial "storyboard" may require considerable deliberation.
Editing: Soooo fast. Unlike editing for video, sound or even screen capture sequences used by many e-learning tools editing GotS content is quick and easy.
Publishing: Also easy & quick -- complete the tutorial and click on "Publish." The tutorial is loaded on the ULS application server. There are no hosting problems. The GotS tutorial link can be placed in LibGuides, Blackboard, or the link can be emailed to individuals or contact lists.
All the resources below provide access to full text. To access the full text click on the title link to open the item in a RefShare shared folder. Many of the items in the RefShare folder provide a URL which will take you to the full text. Some of the items are journal articles, and these items can be accessed via the [Article Linker] button.
Source: The Guide on the Side: Best Practices. AzLA Annual Conference, Scottsdale, AZ, November 13‐15