Split-screen tutorials are an appealing and effective way for libraries to create online learning objects where learners interact with real-time web content. Many libraries are using the University of Arizona’s award-winning, open source platform, Guide on the Side; in 2016, Springshare released a proprietary alternative, LibWizard Tutorials. This article reviews the advantages and limitations of this kind of tutorial. It also examines the differences between each platform’s distinctive characteristics. These platforms create similar split-screen tutorials, but have differences that affect diverse aspects of installation, administration, authoring and editing, student learning, data management, and accessibility. Libraries now have the opportunity to consider and compare alternative platforms and decide which one is best suited to their needs, priorities and resources.


This is a post-print Author's Accepted Manuscript of an Article. The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published and is available in the JOURNAL OF WEB LIBRARIANSHIP, March 24, 2017, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/19322909.2017.1295821.


split-screen tutorials, digital learning objects, web services, flipped instruction, online learning, learner performance data, information literacy

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