Effectiveness of Communication Media in Enhancing Learning
Teaching a class in digital libraries became part of my teaching repertoire approximately four years ago. The first time the class was taught it was purely theoretical with some evaluation of current digital libraries accessed through the Web. Since that first class a unit that entails hands-on use of the Greenstone Digital Library software to build the beginnings of a digital library has been incorporated into the class. The first two times there was an optional assignment that could replace the digital library assignment, but starting two years ago, the optional assignment was dropped. Since the class is taught via the Web, finding the right mix of communication has been a challenge. This paper will look at the modules in the digital libraries class plus student satisfaction with the use of a threaded discussion board, text chat, and/or VoIP with the ability to follow the instructor’s moves on their web screen to help them complete the assignment.
Keywords: Digital Libraries, Library and Information Studies, Distance Learning, Communication Preferences
Dr. Vicki L. Gregory
Director and Professor, School of Library and Information Science, University of South Florida