Bending the Blend

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Paper delivered at the Solstice Conference 2009 by Denise Turner and Sue Myer from Teesside University

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  • Bending the Blend

    1. 1. Bending the blend Thursday 4 th June 2009 Denise Turner and Sue Myer Library & Information Services Teesside University
    2. 2. OUTLINE <ul><li>Creating an online induction to introduce students to library resources </li></ul><ul><li>Background </li></ul><ul><li>Current face to face induction and online support </li></ul><ul><li>Designing the online induction </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation </li></ul>
    3. 3. BACKGROUND <ul><li>Growth in programmes designed for off campus delivery </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New online Masters-level programme in learning technologies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Library induction – essential part of induction programme </li></ul><ul><li>JISC-Emerge UKAN-Skills project at Teesside University </li></ul>
    4. 4. CURRENT PRACTICE <ul><li>Face to Face in a lecture theatre which includes: </li></ul>
    5. 5. IMPORTANT FEATURES <ul><li>Personal contact – important to break down barriers </li></ul><ul><li>Fun element </li></ul><ul><li>Coherence </li></ul><ul><li>Tailored to immediate needs </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Session </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning material </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. CURRENT ONLINE SUPPORT <ul><li>Pages on the L&IS web site </li></ul><ul><li>Limitations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No personal contact </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dry and lacking coherence </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Information overload </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Audience? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Not interactive </li></ul></ul>
    7. 7. INFLUENCES ON OUR APPROACH <ul><li>What does the learner need ? </li></ul><ul><li>Developer limitations: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Expertise </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Overcoming fear of appearing amateurish </li></ul><ul><li>How tailored can we afford to be? </li></ul><ul><li>Not reinventing the wheel </li></ul><ul><li>Encourage/inspire reuse </li></ul>
    8. 8. INSPIRATION <ul><li>Michael Tomasky (Guardian) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Informal style of video </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Second Life </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visual context for the information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web 2.0 look and feel </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Quick to develop and always beta </li></ul></ul>
    9. 9. OUR TARGET <ul><li>Video </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Set in authentic environment and introducing key staff </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Narrated screen capture of resources </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quiz </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To encourage interaction with support materials available </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Packaging the content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To engage learners and provide essential information </li></ul></ul>
    10. 10. EVALUATION <ul><li>What have we achieved? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>online induction prototype </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web2.0 version </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What issues have we faced? </li></ul><ul><li>Where do we go from here? </li></ul><ul><li>Any questions? </li></ul>

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