Enriching Online Learning Through Technology: A Perspective from Academic Librarianship
Friday, March 11 3:25-3:45 PM
This presentation from an academic librarian’s perspective first discusses how academic librarians provide reference services to library users. It makes the connection between librarians and teacher educators, particularly with respect to the online environment, which offers both challenges and creative opportunities to engage and support learners. As a complement to traditional text-based online reference offered through chat or other instant-messaging systems, academic librarians use technological tools such as Jing to guide library users in their research-related activities. Jing, a free tool for capturing material on one’s computer screen, is a valuable resource for academic librarians and their colleagues in the education field. This tool allows educators to enrich online communication and instruction and to address diverse learning styles. In addition, a screen-capture product such as Jing can be used as a collaborative work tool for providing faculty and staff development.