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  1. 1. Integrating a digital library into the school e-learning environment<br />West Island School<br />Dr. Dana Dukic <br />A librarian stuck in Moodle<br />
  2. 2. Overview<br />Digital library – characteristics and contents<br />A model of a Distributed Digital Library<br />Distributed Digital Library and Moodle<br />How to embed digital resources in Moodle based courses<br />
  3. 3. Digital libraries in rescue<br />With the growth of the Internet, e-learners are exposed to an overwhelming range of information available at the click of mouse<br />Digital libraries provide e-learners with directions in accessing and using electronic resources and rescue them from information overload<br />Digital libraries also help teachers to find quickly suitable resources for teaching<br />
  4. 4. Characteristics of digital libraries<br />rich in contents <br />no physical boundary<br />round the clock availability <br />multiple access to resources<br />saving space <br />provides information retrieval <br />immediate availability of new resource<br />can be easily embedded in school e-learning environment<br />
  5. 5. Digital library resources and services<br />Digital library links e-learners to<br />Subscription resources<br />library catalogues<br />licensed journal databases<br />electronic book collections<br />multimedia collections<br />interactive teaching resources<br />Free resources from the Internet<br />Gateways<br />Directories<br />Multimedia channels<br />selected Internet websites (using social bookmarking)<br />Library instruction materials in multimedia formats: <br />library tours, <br />interactive tutorials with quizzes and worksheets<br />Forums for communication and interaction with others<br />Moodle forums<br />
  6. 6. West Island School Digital Library<br />Subscription databases<br />Encyclopedias:<br />Britannica <br />Access Science<br />Periodicals: <br />UK/EIRE Ref. Center (Ebsco)<br />Student Resource Center (Gale)<br />NewsBank<br />Literature reviews:Novelist (Ebsco)<br />eBooks:Questia Schools<br />Interactive teaching resources:<br />brainPOP<br />eChalk<br />Multimedia databases:<br />Point of View (Ebsco)<br />Global Issues in Context (Gale)<br />Discovery Education Streaming<br />Free Internet resources<br />Audio books<br />E-books<br />Subject directories and information gateways<br />A selection of quality websites<br />Video and audio channels<br />News channels<br />
  7. 7. Online Encyclopedias<br />
  8. 8. Periodicals<br />UK/IERE reference Center<br /><ul><li>Up-to-date periodicals
  9. 9. RSS Feed</li></ul>NewsBank<br /><ul><li>Periodicals
  10. 10. News
  11. 11. Hot topics
  12. 12. Special reports</li></li></ul><li>E-books<br />Questia<br /><ul><li>e-books
  13. 13. journals
  14. 14. magazines
  15. 15. newspapers</li></ul>Research topic:<br />The Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis<br />
  16. 16. Multimedia resources<br />Student Resource Center<br /><ul><li>reference
  17. 17. magazines
  18. 18. academic journals
  19. 19. news
  20. 20. primary sources
  21. 21. multimedia</li></ul>Discovery Education Streaming:<br /><ul><li>full videos
  22. 22. video clips
  23. 23. photos</li></li></ul><li>Multimedia resources<br />Global Issues in Context<br /><ul><li>Journals
  24. 24. Magazines
  25. 25. News
  26. 26. Audios
  27. 27. Videos</li></ul>Points of View<br /><ul><li>Point of view
  28. 28. Periodicals
  29. 29. Newspapers
  30. 30. Biographies
  31. 31. Radio & TV news
  32. 32. Primary sources
  33. 33. Images
  34. 34. Videos</li></li></ul><li>Interactive Teaching Resources<br /><ul><li>Animations
  35. 35. Activities
  36. 36. Quizzes
  37. 37. Games</li></li></ul><li>The move to Moodle<br />ESF’s decision to replace CLC e-learning platform with Moodle provided school librarians with an opportunity to update and remodel the existing library web pages and their contents<br />This is how the idea about a distributed digital library was born<br />
  38. 38. What is a 'distributed digital library’<br />Distributed Digital Library is a 'virtual' library whose content is the aggregation of many independent web pages, rather than a collection of resources kept in a central school library website.<br />Individual library pages accumulate various digital resources for the specific subject areas in school curriculum<br />Library pages can be also focused on different age groups of students, for example, pages with resources suitable for Lower school, Middle school and Upper school<br />
  39. 39. What are the benefits of DDL for teaching and learning<br />connects effectively to school curriculum<br />secure to students and teachers an easy access to suitable resources <br />meets learning needs of students of different age and learning abilities<br />
  40. 40. How DDL builds on Moodle features<br />Moodle is an e-learning platform that is primarily designed to deliver contents in instructional formats<br />Main characteristics of Moodle:<br />Chunks of dynamic contents<br />Built-in instructional activities<br />High flexibility<br />Easy-to-manage interface<br />Moodle based library pages are designed more in instructional format<br />It helps teachers to imbed library digital resources in teaching<br />Teachers can simply link suitable resources to their Moodle courses<br />
  41. 41. Why is Moodle a convenient tool for librarians<br />easy to embed and manage digital collections by using Moodle components<br />rich with instructional tools<br />brings library close to teachers<br />simple authentication for digital library users<br />brings in a new quality in communication with users<br />easy way to pass new information to users (news forums connected to course members’ email)<br />knowing better the students (students need to enroll to access Moodle library courses, students profiles with photos)<br />
  42. 42. WIS Library on Moodle<br />WIS Library Moodle space is organized by disciplinary areas and by students’ age groups.<br />Course: Library<br />Course linked pages:<br />Disciplines<br />English<br />Science <br />Design & Techn. <br />Modern languages<br />Humanities etc.<br />Age groups<br />KS3<br />KS4<br />IB Diploma<br />
  43. 43. How librarians use Moodle components<br />Course Pages <br />Developing subject area gateways<br />Topics<br />Access to various library collections<br />Blocks<br />Link to school library OPAC<br />RSS feeds for research topics or selected journals<br />Embedding teaching tools and tutorials<br />Forums<br />Introducing new resources<br />Discussing various library issues<br />
  44. 44. ENG LIB: English page<br />Topics<br /><ul><li>Online databases
  45. 45. Free E-books and Audio books
  46. 46. Literature website
  47. 47. Reading networks
  48. 48. Multimedia literature resources
  49. 49. Information literacy instruction</li></li></ul><li>IB LIB: IB Library page<br />Topics<br /><ul><li>Online databases
  50. 50. Research skills
  51. 51. Academic honesty and citation
  52. 52. Turnitin
  53. 53. Extended Essay
  54. 54. Theory of Knowledge Essay
  55. 55. Free resources from the Internet</li></li></ul><li>How librarians use Blocksin Moodle<br />Link to OPAC<br />RSS Feed<br />RSS Feed<br />Social software<br />
  56. 56. Connecting to students with Moodle<br />
  57. 57. How to embed library e-resources in Moodle courses<br />Undoubtedly, teachers are keen on using digital resources provided by school libraries, but there is still a lack of awareness of how best to integrate these resources into the e-learning environment <br />Here are some ideas how to develop lessons in Moodle by using e-resources from West Island School digital library:<br />Two English courses: <br />Macbeth (year 8)<br />To Kill a Mockingbird (year 9)<br />Science course:<br />Solar System (Year 7)<br />
  58. 58. Teaching unit: Macbeth<br />
  59. 59. Macbeth<br />
  60. 60. Book Study: To Kill a Mockingbird<br />Moodle page<br />
  61. 61. e-learning resources<br />
  62. 62. Discussion starter<br />RSS FEED<br />
  63. 63. Teaching unit: Solar System<br />
  64. 64. Rethinking of library instruction methods and tools<br />The move to Moodle is also an opportunity for librarians to rethink the way in which online training on the use of various e-resources is organized and presented<br />Library lessons should, as well as library Moodle pages, be adjusted to the requirements of different disciplinary areas<br />Library instruction pages are also becoming more lively because librarians are utilizing many dynamic components offered in Moodle to embed suitable interactive and multimedia teaching materials. <br />
  65. 65. Virtual Information Literacy Class for KS3 students<br />Moodle block<br />
  66. 66. Research skills for IB students<br />
  67. 67. Further development<br />The project of creating a distributed digital library supported by instruction pages is still in its infancy and it is not yet available in a complete and usable form.<br />The further development of DDL should go in several directions:<br />Creating pages with subscription e-resources for major disciplinary areas<br />Adding up suitable quality resources from the Internet<br />Providing interactive tutorials for key resources<br />Supplying instructional materials for basic information literacy skills<br />Raising awareness of library digital resources with teaching staff and students<br />
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