Evaluation of computer-based aids in library and information studies
thesisposted on 2010-11-16, 09:49 authored by Diana F. Rose
The idea that computers are important as an aid to learning has gathered momentum due to ecomomic and social conditions. Moreover, the number and flexibility of computer hardware and software has lead to them being used at all levels of education, from primary school to higher education. This is learning at a distance as it involves no direct contact with the teacher in the traditional sense. This study, which is in the form of a formative evaluation, involves computer-based aids used to deliver commercial packages and reading lists in information and library studies topics. The evaluations involved tutors, academic librarians and students at all levels; research and undergraduate. Staff and students from Loughborough University and the Department of History at Leicester University were participants, as well as tutors and academic librarians from various British universities. To complete the study, questionnaires and interview questions were designed to reflect the backgrounds of participants, their views on the success, or otherwise, of the aids and their views on computer-based learning in general. Quantitative and qualitative techniques were to determine outcomes. Commercial packages were highlighted and some comparison was made between staff and students with regard to outcomes. Features which were more successful were identified, and information was gathered on how students use automated reading lists. The value of this study is two-fold. First, it brings forward information which can be used to improve computert-based learning and, second, it pinpoints the situation as it was during the years of evolution, i.e. 1992-1996.
- Information Science