CoFHE NW AGM: Learner Scenarios 5
Posted February 16, 2010on:
For the 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.
Jonathan likes variation in the types of physical environments in which he studies dependent upon his mood and the work he has to do. He finds a relaxing environment conducive to learning, and so long as noise and activity isn’t intrusive, he chooses to learn anywhere. He’s regularly seen studying whilst having a coffee in McDonalds.
Four times a week he visits the gym and whilst cycling and running takes the opportunity to read his course notes.
Jonathan’s needs are more than just appropriate media and technology. He needs a variety of physical learning environments available to him depending on his mood and what work needs to be done. These spaces could be provided throughout the college grounds. The challenge for the library is knowing what space is available for learners and to provide resources for the learner to be able to use in these environments. Therefore mobile provision is the key here. iPod Touches preloaded with material, eReaders, digital cards loaded with material that can be used on his own equipment. Audio resources such as podcasts and audio transcriptions of key materials could be extremely useful for learners of this type.