Reaching Out, Reaching In
In July 2011, the team developed and launched a comprehensive suite of learning objects, titled Our Space, Your Space, which focus on library etiquette. Our Space, Your Space was launched as part of the library orientation programme for freshmen. The topic, library etiquette, seemed too trivial to be included in library classes or library tours and is perceived as common knowledge. However, the necessity of addressing library etiquette has been voiced by many library users. We therefore considered this topic as a perfect choice for e-learning and delivered it in a pre-emptive, non-lecturing package of video, animation, images, text and audio.
The link to Our Space, Your Space was sent to approximately 2,000 freshmen, out of which some 470 students left their comments and feedback. The students generally felt that this e-learning module was a positive experience (93 percent) and most (94 percent) claimed that they now had a better understanding of library etiquette. The freshmen also used words such as “interesting”, “useful”, “engaging” and “fun” to describe the module.
E-learning benefitted the library by augmenting our limited manpower resources, delivering content which is not covered in library classes and supplementing our face-to-face instruction sessions.
Moving forward, the e-learning team will look at further ways to collaborate with the university’s Learning Management System and make use of mobile platforms to deliver our learning objects.
Li Ka Shing Library’s e-learning objects can be accessed here
(Submitted by: Yuyun W. Ishak, Rajendra Munoo, Chrissy Tan, Devika Sangaram and Janelle Chin. The e-learning team members can be reached at email@example.com)