Archive for the ‘Virtual Libraries’ Category

Humanities research in the digital age

Since the earliest civilizations, people have recorded their thoughts and experiences through storytelling, art, philosophy and other forms of expression. In today’s digital age, scholars are advancing humanities research with tools like visual mapping and computation to better probe questions of what makes us human. Stanford University 

Indiana educators benefitting from state’s commitment to OER

Candice Dodson describes the work Indiana has done to promote openly licensed digital resources during an interview with EdScoop TV. edscoop

A Cengage Buffet

Cengage, the publisher and technology company, is introducing a subscription service that will enable students to access Cengage’s entire digital portfolio for one set price, no matter how many products they use. Inside Higher Ed

New Media Consortium Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition

What is on the five-year horizon for academic and research libraries? Which trends and technology developments will drive transformation? What are the critical challenges and how can we strategize solutions? These questions regarding technology adoption and educational change steered the discussions of 77 experts to produce the NMC Horizon Report: 2017 Library Edition, in partnership […]

‘Inclusive Access’ Takes Off

Major education publishers — including Pearson, Cengage and McGraw-Hill Education — report that the number of colleges offering “inclusive-access” programs has grown rapidly in recent years. Where previously students might have been assigned textbooks individually, now many institutions are signing up whole classes of students to automatically receive digital course materials at a discounted rate, […]

Student Voice in Textbook Evaluation: Comparing OpStudent Voice in Textbook Evaluation: Comparing Open and Restricted Textbooksen and Restricted Textbooks

Advocates for student voice in higher education believe students should have the right and power to engage in much of the decision-making traditionally dominated by instructors or administrators. This qualitative study examines the role of student voice in the evaluation of textbook quality. Evaluators included two graduate students enrolled in a project management course at […]

Improving Digital Library Experiences and Support with Online Research Guides

With a goal of improving the development and delivery of effective online information literacy resources, the purpose of this study was to look at how program level and the timing of the introduction of a Literature Review library guide influenced online business student perceived value of the resource.  A population of undergraduate business students (N=355) […]

Student Engagement with E-Texts: What the Data Tell Us

This case study of Indiana University’s e-text initiative reports on students’ actual use of and engagement with digital textbooks. In a typical semester, students read more in the first four weeks and less in later weeks except during major assessment times; in a typical week, most reading occurs between 5:00 p.m. and 2:00 a.m. from […]

Exploring the Use of E-Textbooks in Higher Education: A Multiyear Study

=A four-year university-wide study of students’ e-textbook practices found that e-textbook use has increased, particularly among younger students. =The major barriers — including a student preference for print and unfamiliarity with e-textbooks — show signs of being alleviated. =Other factors related to mobile device access and pedagogically effective e-textbooks show little change over the study […]

Elsevier takes on Wikipedia with science definitions service

Publisher argues Topics platform will provide ‘breadth, depth and currency of knowledge’, and remove the need to leave its website Times Higher Education