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Guide on the Side

Guide on the Side

Guide on the Side is an open source tool that allows librarians to quickly and effortlessly create online, interactive tutorials that are based on the principles of authentic and active learning. Active learning describes the need for students to read, write, discuss, or be engaged in solving problems, rather than merely listening to instructions.

Students can read the instructions provided by the librarian while actively using a database, without needing to switch between screens. This allows students to use a database while still receiving expert guidance, much like they could in the classroom.

Guide on the Side is built using the CakePHP framework. It has received the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award.

 Guide on the Side

Price
Free to download

Size
14.8MB (with CakePHP)
License

GNU GPL v2

Developer
Leslie Sult, Justin Spargur, Mike Hagedon, and Ginger Bidwell at the University of Arizona Libraries

Website
code.library.arizona.edu

System Requirements
MySQL
Apache
PHP with GD support, FreeType, Tidy, mbstring and JSON
CakePHP framework

Support:
User Guide, Google Group, GitHub

Selected Reviews:

Features include:

  • Simple and ease to use
  • Basic theming ability

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