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Newall, Gratton & Maltby - When the Graduate School came knocking at the library door: a tale of invitation, collaboration and innovation


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Newall, Gratton & Maltby - When the Graduate School came knocking at the library door: a tale of invitation, collaboration and innovation

  1. 1. When the Graduate School cameknocking at the library door… … a tale of invitation, collaboration and innovation
  2. 2. Introducing…
  3. 3. The Graduate School• Background – WebCT – Standard online courses – Moderated courses• Moodle pilot – Moderated course ‘Introduction to the literature review process’ • Forums are the cornerstone of the course
  4. 4. Invitation • Visiting tutors on ‘Intro to Literature Review Process’ – Course NOT about literature searching • Observed different style of learning and teaching – Evident from forum contributions that participants needed help with search strategies
  5. 5. Why do it? The times they are a-changin’ – Something new – Untraditional > One size doesn’t fit > Reach students
  6. 6. How it works How it works
  7. 7. The tasks
  8. 8. What it’s like• Change and develop > Course + Tutors  added, omitted, amended• Gently does it... > tentative involvement at first • Learn from other participants • When to intervene...? Too soon, too late
  9. 9. Challenges• Subject database knowledge• Time... • Intensive • Slots • Gaps • Relationship building • Recapping • More committed time • Working hours v evening
  10. 10. Example post: introducing Re: Welcome and socialisation forum By JM - Friday, 25 January 2013, 11:27 AM Tutor post Hi All, Im one of the librarians in the Medicine & Health Sciences faculty team here at UoN and Ill also be one of the tutors on this course. Im going to be around first thing Monday morning and so will look forward to meeting everyone on here then. Jane
  11. 11. Example post: are you joining us? Re: Show and tell forum By JC - Monday, 28 January 2013, 03:45 PM Tutor post Hi. Theres been lots of really interesting and useful discussion this morning, but keep it coming! If you havent posted yet, please do and share your experiences with the rest of the group. Jenny
  12. 12. Example post: specific answer Re: Compare and contrast forum by ND - Wednesday, 30 January 2013, 01:59 PM Tutor post Hi D, In addition to the very helpful advice from E, in terms of using the CINAHL database specifically, it might be best to enter each search term one at a time. This will allow you to choose the appropriate CINAHL heading/s from the databases thesaurus. You would then be able to combine the results of each search term together using the "Search with AND" button. Nicola
  13. 13. Example post: back on track Re: Compare and contrast forum By EN - Tuesday, 21 February 2012, 11:23 AM Hi Katrina, Thanks for sharing your experience of searching your own research topic. Do you now want to have a go at one of the searches weve outlined in todays task and then compare and contrast the results in a follow-up post? Elizabeth
  14. 14. Example post: end of task summary Re: The matrix forum by SH - Thursday, 31 January 2013, 10:16 AM Tutor post Thank you for all your interesting contributions to the “Compare and Contrast” forum, which allowed you to think more deeply about the functionality of the various databases and to apply the advanced search techniques to the pre-defined question in your selected subject area. Several of you commented on the iterative nature of the search process. On Friday we will be looking at ways of saving your searches so you can run them again. Several of you found the exercise allowed you to use databases you may not have considered before. You commented that searching across a variety of databases in the initial stages of a literature review gave you more confidence in identifying the most useful ones for your subject. I’ll be online this morning and am looking forward to your thoughts on today’s exercise applying the search matrix to your own research question. Dont forget to attach a copy of your matrix to your post! Susan
  15. 15. Example post: bit late… Email sent Tue 12/02/2013 08:36 Dear N, It’s great to see you posting but I’m afraid this course ran from 28 Jan to 1 Feb, and so there won’t be any tutor support I’m afraid. If you would like to rebook for the next course (29 April to 3 May), you can now do this online at: Very best wishes, Elizabeth
  16. 16. “Today, and more than ever,I FEEL LIKE A RESEARCHER”.
  17. 17. The participants Participants by status Participants by type of PGR 96 103 16 9 PT FT MRes Doctorate Participants by stage Participants by discipline 68 47 34 23 28 12 8 4 Yr 1 Yr 2 Yr 3 Yr 4 + Arts SocSci MedHea SciEng
  18. 18. Example post: early days Re: Spreading your wings forum By CS - Tuesday, 13 November 2012, 05:31 PM I am doing a multi-disciplinary PhD, and I think I fit best in ‘social science’ and ‘science and engineering’. That is immediately the part where I started to quiver a bit, and I realised that I have been scared off by the eLibrary Gateway. I have been avoiding it, because there are so many options, and I was confused about where to start searching, which databases are the most suitable for my subject(s), and how do I start searching? While I was going through the instructions I came across ‘RSS feed’, a term which I have seen before, but I have no idea what it means. I also learned something completely new to me: Lemmatisation. This seems to be a very useful tool. Overall it was a very useful exercise especially to get to know the different possibilities and the symbols used in different databases. It is also good to know that you can save your searches in some databases but not in others, and if you want to save them you need to be logged-in. Is logging-in via the university login enough, or do we need to make special logins for certain databases? I realised that I still have a lot of things to explore.
  19. 19. Example post: the learning deepensRe: Compare and contrast forumby TJL - Wednesday, 14 November 2012, 03:58 AMEarly start for me (on the heels of my task 2 posting). I ran the term, single transferable vote,through each of the social science databases. I first used the term without quotations, accepting allthe default settings, and then with quotations (side note, I prefer the modify search function withinIBSS & JSTOR). Here are the search result counts for each database: IBSS 75/62 JSTOR 1520/504 SCOPUS 101/85 Web of Science 101/78Sorting the lists simply by publication date, I noticed a lot of inconsistencies among the databases.For example, Clarks article in Party Politics appears first in both IBSS and Web of Science, second onthe list in SCOPUS, and not at all in the JSTOR database. I was quite surprised how different theresults were through JSTOR as the other three databases featured a number of the same articles.As far as what Im taking away from this experience, Ill reiterate my comment from the task 2exercise: the validity, relevance and applicability of the results are so dependent on the key wordsused, databases selected, and search parameters adopted.
  20. 20. Example post: time well spent Re: The matrix forum by EOA- Thursday, 3 May 2012, 04:35 PM The search matrix doc is a brilliant tool. Getting synonyms was easy using MS-word. The search method has given my searching some improvements and I feel now I have got more comprehensive and more detailed results than even before. It takes some work putting things together initially, but it pays off a lot at the end. Many thanks for this tool. Regards E
  21. 21. Example post: peer to peer learningRe: Saved searches, citation searches and alerts forumby SN- Thursday, 31 January 2013, 10:24 PMWeb of Science offers the possibility to set search alerts but also citation alarms, which are quite usefulwhen you want to follow the papers you have published, or if you want to follow up on somepapers/review which influence your work etc… I found this link which helped me setting alarms onWoS: I find those tools extremely useful and Iam definitely going to use them (more) in the future. Re: Saved searches, citation searches and alerts forum by NME - Friday, 1 February 2013, 02:44 PM I used WoS and SCOPUS databases to re-run the previous search results which I got from the last task. I’ve learnt how to save my search results and create both email and RSS alerts. Both services are very useful but personally I prefer email alerts as I check my email regularly. Thank you S, I used the link you provided to understand how to create alerts and it is very straight forward. I’ve set Citation alerts for some research topics which are very important. Citation alert is a very interesting tool as it allows you to follow the relevant articles. Really great to learn these research services available in different databases.
  22. 22. “I enjoyed the course tremendously. It is not just the course materials, e.g. tutorials on various databases and the search matrix, which areuseful, it is the forum with students participation and experience sharing that gives me motivation to learn more and more... I guess this is thebeauty of the Moodle design for off-campus research students like myself. The feedback from the tutors is immediate, constructive and specific.” “Experimenting with search techniques in different databases and participating in this type of learning to see how it works. I enjoyed theway that I could fit in the tasks around the rest of my day and didnt have to travel into the university… this is a good way of giving everyone theability to say what they think and ask questions without being dominated by strong voices.” “The course was very useful. When I started my PhD, I received a lot of papers to read through. I have found many more papers in themeanwhile, but it was not very structural and I did not know how to use and choose the databases from the eLibrary-gateway properly. Thingshave become much clearer now, and I learnt how to set up an alert, etc. I just did not have/take time to explore all these things, and the course
  23. 23. Post-course evaluation 1. Why did you register for the Effective Literature Searching (online) course? 2. For you, what were the advantages/disadvantages in the Effective Literature Searching course being delivered online? And, how would you say this compared to any face-to-face information/library skills training you may have attended? 3. Approximately how much time did you spend on the course in total? Was this too much, too little or about right? Could you keep up with the programme of tasks? 4. How did you find each of the following tasks? If you found any particularly useful or difficult, please could you explain why? 5. How did you find the contributions made by other participants? To what extent did you learn from them and to what extent do you think you helped others? How important was this aspect of the course to you? 6. How did you find the tutors input during the course? Was it timely? Were their responses helpful? Did you feel supported? Do you have any comments on how this could be improved?
  24. 24. ResponseTutor Support - 24/7 (or 24/5)1. University of Nottingham, Nottingham (UK)2. University of ? – west coast of Canada of USA, speculative3. University of Nottingham, Ningbo (China)
  25. 25. If you have been affected by any of the issues in today’s tale of invitation, collaboration and innovation, please get in touch with: Elizabeth Newall, Faculty Team Librarian, Arts Chris Gratton, Learning Technologist Maltby, Faculty Team Librarian, Medicine & Health Sciences
  26. 26. And finally…One year on and an email arrived out of the blue: “I followed and really enjoyed the Effective Literature Search on-line course a year ago as a guinea pig (I was one of the MA distance learners). Something from the course must have stuck, because Ive just been offered a PhD place”