Use of the university library, eLibrary, VLE, and other information sources by distance learning students in University College Dublin: implications for academic librarianship

Byrne, Sinead and Bates, Jessica (2009) Use of the university library, eLibrary, VLE, and other information sources by distance learning students in University College Dublin: implications for academic librarianship. pp. 120-141.

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the information behavior of Bachelor of Business Studies (BBS) distance learning students in the Quinn School of Business, University College Dublin (UCD). In order to gain a better understanding of the information behaviors of distance-learning students, the study sought to answer the following research questions:; ; What are the main sources of information for the BBS distance learning students?; What are student perceptions of the virtual learning environment (VLE), Blackboard employed by the Quinn School of Business?; To what extent, if any, is there evidence of collaborative information behaviors and practices?; The full cohort of BBS distance-learning students was surveyed. A total of 55 out of 136 (40.4%) responded to the survey. Data were collected by means of a self-completion online questionnaire. The paper presents the findings of the study and considers implications for academic librarianship. The chief sources used by the students to assist them with study are web search engines (primarily Google) and content from the VLE (Blackboard). Search engines and the university elibrary are the main sources used by the students when conducting an information search for their course, however the students also rely significantly on their lecturers with regard to acquiring information for their coursework. The study also found that collaboration with regard to information sharing is a major facet of the information world of this cohort of students.

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Depositing User: National Forum
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2015 15:59
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2015 15:59
URI: http://eprints.teachingandlearning.ie/id/eprint/1911

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