CoFHE NW AGM: Learner Scenarios 2
Posted February 5, 2010on:
For this weeks CoFHE NW AGM we focussed on assessing learners needs and how libraries can resource their learning styles. Based on scenarios, the attendees discussed the current challenges faced by libraries in meeting evolving students needs and then moved on to discuss how technology could potentially help. Over the next few blog entries I will focus on each scenario and the comments received during the session.
Laura is an experienced digital learner – she attends college part time and continues her studies at home.
Laura accesses course resources and information by logging onto the college’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) from her personal computer in her bedroom, but also travels into college for classes and meetings with other students.
Whilst travelling she learns through listening to podcasts and enjoys watching videos on her iPod touch. She rarely visits the library because she feels that there are no resources available there for her.
The greatest challenge with Laura was felt to be how to attract her into the library. With a learner of this type there is a need to invest in appropriate technology and digital resources to suit her needs. In addition there is work required to promote the library and associated services; particularly focussed on digital resources.
It was commented that most libraries don’t, at present, offer podcasts. Maybe there is scope here to utilise podcasts for marketing? These could be used in association with social sites such as Twitter and Facebook. Libraries need to think further about their marketing strategies once they are confident that the resources and services they are offering provide something for every learner.
The library could also store podcasts from college lecturers and distribute to learners through mobile technologies or via the VLE. This could be the start of a college audio library…
In a similar vein to Hannah (the previous scenario), providing digital resources on SD cards may be suitable so that she can utilise them on her own equipment.
Libraries need to invest in technology and digital resources such as eReaders, eBooks and visual resources to resource the digital learner.