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Adding value to first year student learning with embedded library media: podcasts and vodcasts in the learning management system (LMS)

Adding value to first year student learning with embedded library media: podcasts and vodcasts in the learning management system (LMS)

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  • WISE: WAGUL Information Sharing Exchange. Western Australian Academic LibrariesPermission to use Image from ECU Image Gallery
  • Podcasts and vodcasts mediaPodcasts and vodcasts can be effective way to engage studentsLiterature supports this approachSome academic staff using media in the Learning Management System eg Blackboardblended learning experience in many units/courses: mix of online and F2Fcollaboration between academic staff and faculty librarians can move what we do as librarians into student spaceWe had done some podcasts and vodcasts and wanted to place them close to students’ digital home
  • faculty/library partnershipLibrarians work closely with faculty particularly unit and course coordinatorsFor this study worked with experienced podcaster and Unit coordinatorTeacher Education first year unit chosen as already set up for podcasts and mediaEDL1000 Becoming a TeacherTeacher Education first year students in K-7 courseLibrary workshop in another core unitstudy participants = 323Ethics approval had already been gained to get research data from this groupour hypothesis….
  • Decided to trial this as pilot semester 1, 2009information push approach would deliver podcasts/vodcasts into the LMSNot all students visit the library websitesupport and assist studentsBuild on what they had already covered in other unit(s)develop students’ information literacy skillsalso signal to students that these skills considered importantevaluation of podcasts/vodcasts themselves, the mixImage SXC stock photos
  • Borrowing from the library (3.30 mins ) audioEducation databases (4.00 mins) audioDeveloping a search strategy (5.50 mins) videoWilson Web Education database (7.45 mins) videoMix of media: audio and videoMix of content: generic and subject specificImage SXC stock photos
  • Embedded mediaDelivered using LAMSPurpose built for online learningStudent-centred learningWorks within BlackboardStudent activity can be monitored
  • Student access logs measured students’ interest and level of engagement with the library informationNumbers who accessed not high, despite lecturer encouraging themPodcasts/vodcast access was not compulsory


  • 1. WISEShareCase 2009
    Adding value to first year student learning with embedded library media
    Julia Gross
  • 2. Embedding library media
    media: podcasts/vodcasts can increase student engagement
    podcasts/vodcasts can enrich student learning
    blended learning experience
    embedded ‘just-in-time’ library media
    collaboration between academic staff and faculty librarians
  • 3. Teacher education case study
    faculty/library partnership
    Unit coordinator
    Teacher Education K-7 first year students
    Library hands-on workshop
    Teacher Education first year unit
    EDL1000 Becoming a Teacher
    study participants = 323
    our hypothesis
  • 4. Our hypothesis
    The effective utilisation of specific library media, requires that they are strategically placed. By locating media in context, aligned with other learning activities within an academic unit or program, we hypothesised that the media would attract interest and provide data about students’ library literacy and needs
  • 5. Information push approach
    pilot semester 1, 2009
    information push approach
    support and assist students
    develop students’ information literacy skills
    evaluation of these library media
  • 6. Library podcasts/vodcasts
    Borrowing from the library (audio)
    Education databases (audio)
    Developing a search strategy (video)
    WilsonWeb Education database (video)
  • 7. Media deliveryusing LAMS
    Learning Activity Management System (LAMS)
    LAMS plug in within Blackboard
    purpose built for online learning
    student-centred learning
  • 8. Evaluation of LAMS access logs
  • 9. LAMS forum discussion
    I do use the databases and find that they take up little time and are very easy to use. I would advise others to use them too
    I haven’t actually used the education database yet, but now feel, after watching the podcast, that when I eventually do, I will know how to use it
  • 10. LAMS forum discussion
    The vodcast helped us create better search strategies which will help us find more quality information and will save us time
    I particularly liked the consistent use of examples to help us understand the theory behind how to develop an effective search strategy
  • 11. What did we learn?
  • 12. What did we learn, about using media?
    embedded library media supports students
    asynchronous access
    at point of need
    sustainable, re-usable
    needs updating
    LAMS ideal medium, not essential
  • 13. What did we learn, our staff?
    educational partnerships between library and academic staff
    academic staff bring great student focus
    need to target academic staff willing to experiment
    library staff learn new skills
  • 14. What did we learn, about our students?
    interest in library media from students
    decreased in interest in more specific library media
    library awareness in first year TE students
    useful comments on the Forum
    good to hear the student voice
  • 15. Questions & Comments