What a difference a web makes

Published on Nov 20, 2015

For the SCONUL annual conference 2015. A national perspective (with my ALT hat one) for our session on blended learning and its potential for libraries and learning spaces. I have invited Jane Stephenson Head of the Library services in our National Oceanography Centre to talk with me about the blended learning approach our library has taken.


What a difference a web makes

Sconul Annual conference,  July 2015 

Blended learning

This is a talk for the SCONUL annual conference held in Southampton 1-3 July 2015.

The idea is that we need to embrace the resources available to us through the mechanisms that we have available.

The use of blended learning to facilitate information access and use is important and a feature of what students have said that they prefer than just face to face.
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When we use technology we tend to do what we did before we had it.

We think within the constraints of the environment we are in. It is very hard to think about changing if we don't know what we can do.

Developing skills is essential

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From this

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To this
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is in evitable

ALT survey on tech use
ETAG - Educational Technology Action Group, Gov report
Change is coming
Connected learning
Things need to change to progress.

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@bryanmmathers (image)
Bryan has created an image last year for this report - of what the space will look like in 2020 - I think that it looks like that now (2015)

Speed of change is rapid

Student focus (not institution)

Student has coursework to hand in and is just getting started. COULD BE ANYTIME
They've had their induction months ago - what do they do? Can't remember anything about what they can get from the library
1. scenario 1 - Logs onto the uni system and finds a page about the libraries opening times

2. Scenario 2 - logs in and finds a virtual tour, online assistant and interactive learning modules to help them learning about searching, how to use the catalogues etc

Convenience = just in time
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Digital literacies

the ability to operate effectively as a citizen in the 21st century
Fundamental absolutely essential for the effective part of technology enhanced learning.

Definitions are everywhere but I like the ones that say we need them to engage with the world we are in effectively.

ETAG report has provided one here with further details:

Understanding the impact of new technologies on society, including the ways in which new technologies change disciplines (e.g. history, chemistry, English, etc)
• Understanding the nature of digital identities and being able to manage your digital identities appropriately
• Being able to interact safely in a digital world (encompassing e-safety, cyber-bullying, data security,
• Being able to locate, organize, understand, evaluate, analyze and (re)present information using digital
technology (including using dynamic and procedural representations) - what you might think of as 'the creative' making and doing aspects of using digital technology (though of course many other aspects of the subject are creative too).

blended learning

More than 1 definition but = online & offline with structure
MIT define it as "structured
opportunities to learn, which use more than one learning or training method, inside  or outside the classroom."

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Student expectations
Mobile devices
learning on the go
access to info

Association for Learning Technology survey 2014

UCISA Survey for technology use

all of them acknowledge that students carry with them more than one device, web enabled

Expectations are key - we know what they are, we need to adapt to them

Horizon 2015 Report

Educause produce report every year -

flipped learning and online assessments are the key focus for this year
reaffirming expectations for access online and face to face

Students feel connected to their institutions

This is from the ECAR survey 2014

They surveyed over a 100,000 students across the US and

Benefits for you

  • Access for everyone
  • More efficient
  • More effective
  • More information
  • Connect with communities
Big data - we have so much data from our online behaviours usually organisations and brands are better at using it to tailor our experiences that we do in education.

We can see patterns of behaviour, times of usuage, who, what, when where. if we see something isn't being completed then we can review the data.

No surveys (unreliable)
Engaged communities of value to us and them

benefits for students

  • Useful
  • Timely
  • More accessible
  • Personalised learning (data)
  • Support for learning

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Students still want this - they want a library, they want to ask questions and sit down with a book in the quiet of a library with experts to help them when they need it
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But they also NEED this.

San Jose State Uni
Information literacy & "Connected Librarians"

SJSU is a great example of progressive forward looking university. Activity engaging in information literacy offers conference and 'connected librarians'

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Oxford Brookes - beautiful learning spaces, coupled with resources for learning.

The learning environment is important and needs to be flexible (mobiles, tablets, laptops)


Not "If?",
but "When?"

It is also a question of how? Transitioning staff who are used to a face to face role is hard when they feel that they don't have the skills.

Digital Literacies support for institutions is important. Teams across the Institution need to work together to ensure that they enhance the student experience.
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University of southampton

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