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Guide on the Side

Recently the NTC has been trying out a new tool for creating tutorials, called Guide on the Side.

Guide on the Side was developed at the University of Arizona, and it received the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award and an award from the American Library Association for cutting-edge technology. Guide on the Side is free tool that allows you to create tutorials with an interactive instruction panel on the left side and a live website on the right side. In the instruction panel you can give directions for interacting with the website, embed quiz questions, and link to additional resources. The content can be divided into chapters to make it easy to return to a particular point in the tutorial. The two panel tutorial makes it easy try out what you’re learning right away and avoids the inconvenience of flipping between instructions and a website. Creating the tutorials is simple — it uses a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) editor.

Those who have tested the NTC Guide on the Side tutorials have indicated that it’s a fun and easy way to learn about a database.

You can view a sample tutorial from the University of Arizona Libraries, or the ChemIDplus tutorial from the NTC.

For more information on how to install Guide on the Side or the technical requirements, visit the Guide on the Side site.