Supporting first year e-learners in courses for the information professions

Persistent Link:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106286
Title:
Supporting first year e-learners in courses for the information professions
Author:
Combes, Barbara; Anderson, Karen
Editors:
Khoo, C.; Singh, D.; Chaudhry, A.S.
Citation:
Supporting first year e-learners in courses for the information professions 2006, :587-597
Publisher:
School of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological University
Issue Date:
2006
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10150/106286
Submitted date:
2007-05-27
Abstract:
A considerable amount of research has been done into studentsâ first year experiences at university: their transition from school to university studies and their social needs and experiences. The work described in the literature has concentrated on students who attend school on campus. If on-campus students are experiencing problems with feeling isolated, a lack of identity and feeling part of a community, then how do distance students deal with these same issues? A research project conducted at Edith Cowan University in 2004-2005 sought to discover the issues affecting first year students and the problems they experienced when beginning studies in online professional education programs for librarians, library technicians, teacher librarians, archivists and records managers. Many of these students in the School of Computer and Information Science (SCIS) study by distance education and are wholly dependent on elearning. There are others who attend on campus but undertake a significant proportion of their studies through elearning. Communication and IT skills and preparedness must be added to the list of major first year experience issues for this group. Two separate studies were initiated to find out how the online environment differs from the on-campus experience, how students feel about studying online and what needs to be included to facilitate a more supportive experience at university. The results of these two studies - First experiences of online university study and Using discussion forums to create an online learning community - are reported here.
Type:
Conference Paper
Language:
en
Keywords:
Library and Information Science Education
Local subject classification:
e-learning; first-year student experience; discussion forums

Full metadata record

DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorCombes, Barbaraen_US
dc.contributor.authorAnderson, Karenen_US
dc.contributor.editorKhoo, C.en_US
dc.contributor.editorSingh, D.en_US
dc.contributor.editorChaudhry, A.S.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2007-05-27T00:00:01Z-
dc.date.available2010-06-18T23:43:49Z-
dc.date.issued2006en_US
dc.date.submitted2007-05-27en_US
dc.identifier.citationSupporting first year e-learners in courses for the information professions 2006, :587-597en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10150/106286-
dc.description.abstractA considerable amount of research has been done into studentsâ first year experiences at university: their transition from school to university studies and their social needs and experiences. The work described in the literature has concentrated on students who attend school on campus. If on-campus students are experiencing problems with feeling isolated, a lack of identity and feeling part of a community, then how do distance students deal with these same issues? A research project conducted at Edith Cowan University in 2004-2005 sought to discover the issues affecting first year students and the problems they experienced when beginning studies in online professional education programs for librarians, library technicians, teacher librarians, archivists and records managers. Many of these students in the School of Computer and Information Science (SCIS) study by distance education and are wholly dependent on elearning. There are others who attend on campus but undertake a significant proportion of their studies through elearning. Communication and IT skills and preparedness must be added to the list of major first year experience issues for this group. Two separate studies were initiated to find out how the online environment differs from the on-campus experience, how students feel about studying online and what needs to be included to facilitate a more supportive experience at university. The results of these two studies - First experiences of online university study and Using discussion forums to create an online learning community - are reported here.en_US
dc.format.mimetypeapplication/pdfen_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherSchool of Communication & Information, Nanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectLibrary and Information Science Educationen_US
dc.subject.othere-learningen_US
dc.subject.otherfirst-year student experienceen_US
dc.subject.otherdiscussion forumsen_US
dc.titleSupporting first year e-learners in courses for the information professionsen_US
dc.typeConference Paperen_US
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