Using Courseware Discussion Boards to Engage Graduate Students in Online Library Workshops

TitleUsing Courseware Discussion Boards to Engage Graduate Students in Online Library Workshops
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsRempel, HGascho, McMillen, PS
JournalInternet Reference Services Quarterly
Date Publishedoct
Type of ArticlePreprint
Keywordsadult learners, discussion boards, distance education, graduate students, literature review, online workshops
AbstractLibrarians at Oregon State University ({OSU)} Libraries used the discussion board features of Blackboard courseware to create an interactive experience for graduate students at a distance who could not attend the on-campus {"Literature} Review Workshops." These recently developed workshops have been extremely popular with graduate students across the disciplines and have generated a growing demand from distance education graduate students and faculty to offer similar information online. Reluctant to simply deliver content via an online tutorial, librarians sought to duplicate the workshop atmosphere by making the sessions available for a short time-period online, asking participants to respond to discussion questions at specific points in the workshop, and offering audio-mediated online demonstrations of tools and resources. Student feedback and follow-up requests for more workshops support the perception that this approach offered a rewarding learning experience that addressed their specific adult learning needs. [{ABSTRACT} {FROM} {AUTHOR]} Copyright of Internet Reference Services Quarterly is the property of Taylor & Francis Ltd and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)