Feeding and Captivating OU Students


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Feeding and Captivating OU Students

  1. 1. Feeding & Captivating OU students Tim Wales, Learning & Teaching Librarian Team Leader (OUBS & Technology), 29th June 2007
  2. 2. Feeding...
  3. 3. They’re doing it...
  4. 4. We’re doing it in public (a bit)
  5. 5. Old dog - ROUTES (And in private a lot more)
  6. 6. New tricks – ROUTES RSS feed Moodle VLE RSS feed import
  7. 7. New tricks – ROUTES RSS feed Finance course Moodle VLE website
  8. 8. Library Resources RSS Feed tool ICT course Moodle VLE website
  9. 9. Some RSS Issues Who should use it for what? Is it a real-time feed? Library branded? Does it actually save us time? Do users want it? Is it comprehensive? Do we still need a Library website?
  10. 10. Captivating...
  11. 11. Background • Online tutorials for searching OPAC demoed at BBSLG 2004 Conference by Northumbria University – produced with TechSmith Camtasia Studio software • OU Library pilot project 2004-05 to test screen capture software on a management literature search tutorial for a new capstone MBA course – produced with Macromedia Captivate software • Library produced ICT version for Technology in 2006-07 • Management tutorial now being updated for Nov 2007
  12. 12. Pilot version demo
  13. 13. Lessons from pilot version • Audio commentary time-consuming and tricky to create & modify, annoying to listen to (and superfluous?) • Tutorial needs to be produced by librarians not “techies” • Detailed storyboarding may help reduce production time • Use of templates should reduce “production fiddling” • More interactive elements required to engage student • Chunking content into discrete sections facilitates reuse from Library perspective • Wasn’t really integrated into target course
  14. 14. ICT version 2006/07 • Library contracted to produce an online literature search tutorial for new courses in Technology ICT Programme • Library charged £3500 for the job • Produced by members of Business, Law & Technology team in Library with OU advice on accessibility issues • Took 6 months to complete working part-time or 100 production hours • Includes activities and self-assessment quizzes
  15. 15. ICT tutorial production process 1. Outline structure and broad content agreed with course team chairs 2. Storyboards created in Powerpoint for each section 3. Drafts shared with course teams via Wiki & FirstClass 4. Storyboards converted into Captivate outputs 5. Flash outputs tested on various PCs and proof-read 6. Final versions uploaded to Technology Information Search Guide and course VLE website 7. Ongoing feedback from users
  16. 16. Issues (1) • Software not as flexible as anticipated: – Powerpoint import limited = copy & paste instead – Resizing screen size not automatic = hand-crafting – Accessibility limited • Unresolved output issues on some user PCs: – Tutorial automatically fast-forwards to end – Text displays inconsistently – Buttons and quiz elements do not always work
  17. 17. Issues (2) • What content goes where and where should this be hosted? – Information Search Guide v Library websites v course websites v tutorial • Difficult to get pacing right and students don’t notice the control buttons • Difficult to convey “dry” topics visually
  18. 18. Positives • Good team project, work valued by Technology • Powerpoint storyboarding helps conceptualise for screen • Forces consideration of how students learn • Opportunity to address new technologies and hot topics and also offer additional support to resources • Easier to update than pilot version as no commentary • Flexible delivery options e.g. zipped offline version • More engaging approach to user education (esp. for librarians!) than textual approaches alone
  19. 19. ICT tutorial demo
  20. 20. Questions or comments?