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|Title: ||Evaluation of computer-based aids in library and information studies|
|Authors: ||Rose, Diana F.|
|Keywords: ||Computer-based aids|
|Issue Date: ||1998|
|Publisher: ||© Diana Florence Rose|
|Abstract: ||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.|
|Description: ||A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.|
|Appears in Collections:||PhD Theses (Information Science)|
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