ERIC Number: ED411783
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Weaving the Web into Course Integrated Instruction.
Wallach, Ruth; McCann, Linda
In the fall 1995, a professor teaching an undergraduate course asked the Reference Center at the University of Southern California to conduct a research session on Dante related resources on the Internet, and to show her students how to search the Dartmouth Dante Project. A simple homepage was created for the class, which listed the course syllabus, the reading assignments, and selected Internet resources related to Dante. Due to the impossibility of telnetting the Dante Project at the time of the class, search screens were downloaded into the class homepage and incorporated into a detailed online search guide, which was distributed as a paper handout. Another project involved showing students in a graduate seminar in French literature how to search ARTFL, a large full text database of almost 2,000 French authoritative texts spanning several centuries. A homepage was created, similar to the one for Dante and search instructions were distilled and presented in class on paper. These two experiences revealed that when designing orignial library instruction with or on the Internet requires considerable preparation time. Important issues to consider are little advance notice frequently given by requesting teaching faculty to develope a project so a program for systematically developing a course-integrated web project on a wider scale must be in place. Also, the time and staff needed to expand pilot projects into programs requires more professional staff. Coordinating the non-intersecting sets of subject expertise of the academic instructor with the subject and technical expertise of the librarian is a major issue. The technical knowledge and expertise with electronic information sources and with issues of integrating these into instruction which librarians bring to a web project can be critical to its final success. One role that librarian can play is to develop web access tools that collocate electronic resources and provide instruction on how to evaluate and use specialized electronic resources that have already been made available through the web by academic faculty and researchers. (AEF)
Descriptors: Computer System Design, Course Integrated Library Instruction, Higher Education, Information Sources, Instructional Materials, Internet, Librarian Teacher Cooperation, Library Role, Library Services, Material Development, Online Searching, World Wide Web
Electronic version: http://www.library.ucsb.edu/untangle/
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Office of Institutional Studies.