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Thinking Outside the Box: Using E-learning to Instruct Large Populations. Lisa Santucci / Rob Withers Miami University Libraries. Who We Are. Selective state assisted institution with undergraduate emphasis 15,000 undergraduates, 1,300 graduates 3,473 first year undergraduates

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thinking outside the box using e learning to instruct large populations

Thinking Outside the Box: Using E-learning to Instruct Large Populations

Lisa Santucci / Rob Withers

Miami University Libraries

who we are
Who We Are

Selective state assisted institution with undergraduate emphasis

  • 15,000 undergraduates, 1,300 graduates
  • 3,473 first year undergraduates
  • 17:1 student/faculty ration
need for undergraduate instruction
Need for Undergraduate Instruction
  • Anecdotal feedback from students
  • Feedback from librarians & instructional staff
  • NSSE Survey: students note little growth in library /research skills
  • Many other institutions are doing the same: TILT, Penn State - Information Cycle
challenges to undergraduate instruction
Challenges to Undergraduate Instruction
  • No required introduction to use of library resources/research strategies
  • Limited time within existing classes for library instruction
  • Not enough librarians/classroom space to reach every class
online instruction
Online Instruction
  • Minimize need for instructional facilities
  • Prevent schedule conflicts with other classes/activities
  • Provide online support through call center software used for reference
obor grant opportunity
OBOR Grant Opportunity
  • Entitled: “Online Information Competencies Course Assessment Project”
reaching the gameboy generation
Reaching the “GameBoy” Generation

Today’s students expect:

  • Less long, sequential presentation of information
  • Multimedia used to deliver information
  • Education and entertainment are not mutually exclusive
  • Giving them what they want and what they need
hardware software
Hardware/Software
  • Server to house E-learn
  • Macromedia Flash, Fireworks
  • Snagit
  • Blackboard CourseInfo
  • In house development done by Librarians
development phase
Development Phase
  • Content team develops script containing text information together with ideas for images
  • Design team conveys information in script, with goal of minimizing text needed
  • Invited all librarians to brainstorming session for input
components of e learn
Components of e - Learn
  • Understanding Information/Evaluating Information
  • Finding Books
  • Finding Articles
  • Finding News
  • Searching the Web
e learn modules
E-Learn Modules
  • Can be used outside of Blackboard
initial delivery
Initial Delivery
  • Contacted sample group of incoming students via campus email requesting to take survey
  • Enrolled students in Blackboard course management software
  • Checked students machines to ensure they had software needed
student software requirements
Student Software Requirements
  • Shockwave/Flash
  • Audio card
  • Java?
feedback from trials 2003
Feedback from Trials (2003)
  • First round (50 students): " didn't like the timed element of the screens they want to control the pace"
  • Second round (88 students): positive responses.
challenges
Challenges
  • Ensuring Human Subjects /18 and older
  • Lack of course credit for completing work
  • Frequent changes
  • Developing advanced, subject specific modules to build on core competencies
  • Text-heavy - vs - graphics intensive
  • Library jargon
  • Not all students use University Email
future directions
Future Directions
  • University Admissions Welcome CD-ROM
  • Students receiving credit
  • Keeping it timely
  • Modules that are subject specific - BMZ