Kennedy & Ure - Screencasting: delivering information literacy sessions online for distance learning students
Screencasting: delivering information literacy sessions online fordistance learning studentsMarion Kennedy, Heriot-Watt University, M.L.Kennedy@hw.ac.ukCatherine Ure, Heriot-Watt University, C.M.Ure@hw.ac.ukDistance learning students make up a significant proportion of the student body inHigher Education. At Heriot Watt University, distance learning students (independentdistance learners and those studying with one of the University’s Approved LearningPartners abroad) represent a larger student body than on-campus students. A keystrategic aim of the University is to increase both the number of distance learningstudents and the number of students based on-campus overseas in future years.While the digital library brings opportunities to support distance learners in allowingremote access to electronic resources such as ebooks, ejournals and online searchtools, distance learning students may not always have equitable access to Libraryservices to support their use of these resources. In particular, services delivered on-campus such as face-to-face help with enquiries, Library workshops or teachingsessions may be inaccessible to the majority of distance learning students.Recent and emerging technologies offer great potential to deliver or enhance existingdelivery of campus-based services online to remote learners - while offering morechoice and flexibility to all students.As part of a wider investigation into how digital technologies might support remotelearners, this paper describes a project exploring screencasts to deliver a series ofexisting on-campus Library workshops online.The paper will present the project background in the Heriot-Watt University Libraryworkshop programme, the rationale underpinning the move to online delivery andhow this might improve the learning experience of current and future distancelearning students, the methods used to create the online materials and the proposedmethods for gathering student feedback. Pedagogical issues in moving from face-to-face to online delivery will also be addressed.