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Library Support for Distance Learning: Thursday, April 9, 2009

This staff guide provides access to information regarding librarian involvement with distance education at UF.

April 9, 2009

Notes submitted by Margeaux Johnson (Science & Technology Librarian) and Missy Shoop (Library West Instruction & Outreach Coordinator)

The Health Science Center Libraries also had two members in attendance- Mary Edwards and Linda Buston. Based on the discussion at DLC, there are 3 things that the libraries can begin working on to support distance faculty & students:

  • Creation of a presentation marketing library services for distance faculty.
  • Creation of subject portals for distance learning students.
  • Creation of Library modules and tutorials that can be incorporated directly into distance learning classes.

Here are our notes regarding the libraries’ involvement in distance learning:

A common challenge faculty face is getting copyright permission for video.  The members of the Distance Learning Council (DLC) would like the libraries to give more support in the process of copyright obtainment for multimedia. (This may just be an issue of marketing the services that we currently have).

It would be important to have modular and cross-accessible library learning units available to any distance learning course.  Attendees were unaware of UF Libraries YouTube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/UFlibraries).  This resource could be the platform for library content in distance learning courses, as they like to embed videos.  Camtasia or ShockWave videos on performing research, using the library catalog, information–seeking skills in general, ARES/ILL instruction, off-campus access, downloading the VPN and many others could all be broadcasted on our YouTube channel. 

A library presentation to faculty engaged in distance learning would be useful because faculty simply do not know what the libraries have to offer.  The presentation should include copyright information, ARES/ILL information, YouTube channel demonstration, distance learning LibGuide/blog (not created yet) demonstration, and other services available.  Presentation could be offered through CITT, in the libraries or in the academic departments.  A web-simulcast/recording would be helpful (possibly through CITT?).  HSCL is already very involved with distance learning in their colleges—Mary Edwards, who was present at the Council meeting, is willing to collaborate with us to develop this presentation. The faculty present at the session wanted this information to be presented at departmental meetings and wanted the entire presentation to be no more than 10 minutes.Distance course schedules are available at the DCE site. The library could begin by working with faculty members offering classes listed here: http://distance.education.ufl.edu/
A LibGuide for non-health sciences colleges will be created along with a sister blog as platform for information-sharing between libraries, students and faculty. 

The College of Education’s distance learning program is growing rapidly; 75% of their summer ’09 courses will be online.  Marylin Ochoa created a website linked from the Education library to package content for their distance learners.  Ben Campbell (Coll. Ed.) suggested that the same types of portals should be established for each college.  Marilyn’s example: http://www.uflib.ufl.edu/educ/distance.html  We would suggest using LibGuides instead of a website for future content construction.

Distance learning wants to create services for students who go home for the summer, but still wish to take classes. 

Developing a distance education blog for centralized communication was discussed.  The council members are hoping that the new IT/E-learning provost position will help to solidify information sharing.

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