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The USF/COB Distance Education Project. Vicki L. Gregory, Mel Pace and James Andrews University of South Florida Willamae Johnson The College of the Bahamas. Overview. Introduction How the Program Operates Blackboard and Virtual Community Access to Information Conclusion.

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The usf cob distance education project

The USF/COB Distance Education Project

Vicki L. Gregory, Mel Pace

and James Andrews

University of South Florida

Willamae Johnson

The College of the Bahamas


Overview
Overview

  • Introduction

  • How the Program Operates

  • Blackboard and Virtual Community

  • Access to Information

  • Conclusion


Introduction ms johnson cob library director
Introduction: Ms. Johnson, COB Library Director

  • Need for an LIS master’s degree in The Bahamas

  • Development of the Contract

  • Recruitment of students


Lis program in the bahamas
LIS Program in The Bahamas

  • 13 courses delivered in 3 ways:

    • Face-to-face

    • Blended

    • Total web

  • Students will come to the USF Campus for a ten-week summer term in 2007 to complete their last 2 classes including supervised fieldwork.


Blackboard
Blackboard

  • All SLIS classes utilize Blackboard (web course management software) to some extent.

  • Blackboard also facilitates access to the USF Library, Registration system, and email to name just a few services.


Virtual communities
Virtual Communities

  • Blackboard (web-based) course site with discussion boards, email, chat, and file-sharing capability.

    • Includes all members of a particular class

  • SLIS Virtual Community on Blackboard

    • Includes all SLIS students


What is a community
What is a Community?

  • People who interact to satisfy their own needs or roles

  • People who have a shared purpose

  • People who act within a determined set of policies and guidelines

  • All communities shape social interaction and provide a common connectedness among members


Communities of practice cop
Communities of Practice (CoP)

  • Virtual Communities in Education

    • Jennifer J. Preece

      • Online Communities: Designing Usability,

        Supporting Sociability

  • CoPs in Education or other professions


The design
The Design

Announcements

Documents

Discussion

Board

Chat or IM

To exchange

information

among

students &

faculty

not working

at the same

time .

To allow

conversation

among

members

not in the

same

geographic

area

Anything of

Interest

To the

Community

Members

Shared

Documents, forms, applications, etc.


Usf library resources
USF Library Resources

  • Students have full access to the electronic resources and databases at USF.

  • Students authenticate once when they log onto Blackboard.


Full access to usf libraries resources
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access toUSF Resources

COB Student


Full access to usf libraries resources1
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access to USF Resources

WWW Browser

COB Student


Full access to usf libraries resources2
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access to USF Resources

USF/Blackboard

ID

WWW Browser

COB Student


Full access to usf libraries resources3
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access to USF Resources

Re-configures to USF IP address

E-Z Proxy Software

USF/Blackboard

ID

WWW Browser

COB Student


Full access to usf libraries resources4
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access to USF Resources

Re-configures to USF IP address

E-Z Proxy Software

USF/Blackboard

ID

WWW Browser

COB Student


Full access to usf libraries resources5
Full Access to USF Libraries Resources

Full Access to USF Resources

E-Journals

Re-configures to USF IP address

E-Z Proxy Software

Bibliographic

Databases

USF/Blackboard

ID

OPAC

Tutorials

WWW Browser

…and many other

resources

COB Student


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • First cohort successfully underway – currently in their third semester.

  • Beginning to recruit for a second cohort to start probably in 2007.

  • PowerPoint available at:

    http://shell.cas.usf.edu/~gregory/ACURIL/USFCOB.mht


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