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ERIC Number: EJ1117445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0748-5786
Opportunities and Challenges for Students in an Online Seminar-Style Course in LIS Education: A Qualitative Case Study
Farooq, Omer; Matteson, Miriam
Journal of Education for Library and Information Science, v57 n4 p271-282 Fall 2016
Online enrollments in U.S. higher education programs continue to grow, a trend that is also seen in LIS education where in some cases entire MLIS programs are being offered online. Synchronous online seminar-style courses present interesting challenges for both radical inclusion and innovation. This qualitative case study explored the effectiveness of a synchronous, online seminar conducted via Google Hangout in an online program. The findings revealed similarities and differences between a face-to-face seminar and a synchronous online seminar. Factors such as meaningful interactions, group collaborations, and technology literacy--hallmarks of a social constructivist learning environment, play critical roles in optimizing the experience. These findings emphasize the need for a stronger pedagogical framework to guide online LIS education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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