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Deakin University Library : an active partner in the implementation of the new generation e-learning platform Desire2Learn

Horn, Anne and Owen, Sue 2011, Deakin University Library : an active partner in the implementation of the new generation e-learning platform Desire2Learn, in IATUL 2011 : Libraries for an open environment, strategies, technologies and partnership : Proceedings of the 32nd International Assocation of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference, IATUL, [Warsaw, Poland], pp. 1-11.

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Title Deakin University Library : an active partner in the implementation of the new generation e-learning platform Desire2Learn
Author(s) Horn, Anne
Owen, Sue
Conference name International Assocation of Scientific and Technological University Libraries. Conference (32nd : 2011 : Warsaw, Poland)
Conference location Warsaw, Poland
Conference dates 29 May- 2 Jun. 2011
Title of proceedings IATUL 2011 : Libraries for an open environment, strategies, technologies and partnership : Proceedings of the 32nd International Assocation of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference
Editor(s) [Unknown]
Publication date 2011
Conference series International Assocation of Scientific and Technological University Libraries Conference
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Publisher IATUL
Place of publication [Warsaw, Poland]
Keyword(s) information discovery
Deakin University Library
e-learning platform
learning management system
Desire2Learn
Summary Deakin University has a long association with e-learning platforms, utilising the functionality of various Learning Management Systems (LMS) over a period of years. Transforming learning and teaching is a key priority of the University and moving to a new generation e-learning platform that supports engaging learning experiences through quality course design is a strategic imperative.

In 2010 Deakin University selected Desire2Learn as its replacement LMS, an innovative platform that offers next generation functionality. The University is investing significant resources in 2011 to implement the new system. The Library is harnessing the opportunity to embed search and discovery and information access throughout the LMS, including presence at the highest level of navigation. A Library widget providing students with clear pathways and immediate access to key library collections, services and features is being developed by the Library in conjunction with the Faculties‟ academic champions and educational developers. Liaison Librarians are negotiating with academic staff to create context-specific pathways, to utilise Desire2Learn Web2.0 capabilities and to imbed more personalised resources and LibGuides aligned with units of study. This is happening at a time when libraries are introducing new approaches to information discovery.

This paper describes Deakin University Library‟s journey in partnering with academic staff and others across the University to implement Desire2Learn as a vital new e-learning platform. It reports on many outcomes including: value created by embedding quality information in learner-centred course delivery; increased awareness of library subscription resources when accessible within students‟ workspace; strong and continuing relationships built with academic staff; enhanced Library staff engagement with flexible learning principles and new technologies. The question of where embedding information access in online courses and units fits with the Library‟s exploration of web scale solutions is also touched upon. And finally, an insight into how recent research undertaken by Deakin University Library has influenced our approach to information discovery solutions suggests an opportunity for many more questions to be explored.
Language eng
Field of Research 080709 Social and Community Informatics
Socio Economic Objective 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
HERDC Research category E1.1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2011, IATUL
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30052839

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