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Tutorials: Text-message mini-courses

About the platform

mobile phone texting

We are testing a tool for creating text messaging-based tutorials. It's called Arist.

Arist allows us to offer tutorials that are delivered by text message to your phone.

The tutorials are split into small segments that are delivered once a day at the hour of your choice.

You will:

  • read some text
  • view some images
  • answer questions.

Choose a mini-course

Library Super Skills
This course is about using the UA library to find information that will help you in your courses. You will learn how to find better sources that will lead to better research papers.

Learning with Primary Sources
Learn how to evaluate and use primary resources in your research.

Copyright & Fair Use for Graduate Students
Learn some useful copyright tips related to publishing your dissertation or thesis.

Getting started

Here's how to start:

  1. Sign up by following the links above. 
  2. Select SMS or WhatsApp.
  3. Decide what time of day to get your messages.
  4. Complete the tutorial (you'll get messages for 5 or 6 days, depending on the course).

After you finish: Give us feedback. (We'd love to hear from you!)

Send an email to Yvonne Mery (ymery@arizona.edu).


How long will it take me to finish?
These mini-courses are spaced out over 5 or 6 days, depending on which topic you sign up for. You will receive a brief set of text messages each day (you can choose the time of day).

It should only take about 5-10 minutes during each day to complete the lessons.

Is my information private?
Your phone number is completely private. We won't have access to it, it's only used for delivering the messages.

We will have your name and email as part of this experiment, so we can see how many people have signed up. (Our license limits the number of users we can take during an academic year).

Your answers to quiz questions will be viewed by our team as part of evaluating this tool. We are not evaluating you or your skills.

For more details about privacy, see Arist's privacy policy.