Report on a pilot project: using a virtual classroom to develop literature review writing skills

W.F. Gordon, G.D.J. Stewart


Skill in literature review writing is identified as a key pe,jonnance indicator of a researcher's information
literacy. This paper describes the first phase of a two-phase project to develop an on-line course (virtual
classroom) in literature review writing skills, undertaken by members of the Department of Librmy and
Information Studies at the ML Sultan Technikon. The course is a module of a research capacity-building
initiative of the National Research Foundation (NRF). The authors discuss the information retrieval and
organisational competencies underpinning the composition of an effective literature review. An account is
given of the development of information literacy learning materials suitable for delivery in a virtual
classroom environment. A summary of the evaluation of the first phase of the project is provided in the

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