2007 NSDL Annual Meeting: Advancing NSDL Networks
November 6, 2007 - November 8, 2007
Just build it and they will come, right? Attracting students and teachers to our digital libraries.
This panel explores student and teacher use of digital libraries. Research on student activity in NSDL is critical to measuring the educational impact of the libraries. Digital libraries are not one size fits all. Each library must attract and engage students and teachers in its own way. This panel discusses what has been done to attract students and encourage them to return. It explores further research needed to build larger learning communities.
We provide examples of how students currently use digital libraries and how their use and interactions are monitored. For example, one project customizes problems for individual students as they work with the library and adjusts problems based on student cognition. This research evaluates whether individualization helps stakeholders find materials they need and encourages them to return to the site. Another panelist engages over 900 teachers in nationwide workshops, supporting them to use their library that has a web community over 2 million visitors. Another panelist developed a flexible laboratory simulations used by more than 5,000 students at five universities.
We explore what works in building learning communities and possibly uncover more strategies for building learning communities. We identify tools and reporting mechanisms that have been effective and formulate recommendations to help incorporate, support and grow our communities. We describe how students interact within mature digital libraries including best practice examples of how to involve students and provide models for growing online communities.
Panelists will share:
-- descriptions of student and teacher use of the library;
-- impediments (personal or curricula) to use of the library;
-- empirical evidenc e on whether students and teachers prefer this site over traditional instructional materials or other libraries;
-- limitations and difficulties expressed by students and teachers about using the library;
-- modifications needed or requested by students and teachers to improve the library;
-- strategies used to grow the community
1. Beverly Woolf, Customizing resources for NSDL, firstname.lastname@example.org, University of Massachusetts
2. Ethel Stanley, BioQUEST and Ben: Extending Community Collaboration through Digital Library Partnership email@example.com, Beloit College
3. Edward Almasy, Rachel Bower, AMSER: Applied Math and Science Education Repository, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, University of Wisconsin
4. Steve Weimar, Leadership Development for Technology Integration: Developing an Effective NSDL Teacher Workshop Model, firstname.lastname@example.org, Drexel College
5. David Yaron, ChemEd digital Library: An NSDL Pathway for Chemical Sciences Education, email@example.com, Carnegie Melon University
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