Introduction to e-resources and the digital library

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Coombs Steven  Bhattacharya Madhumita 
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Fall Semester  /  Recommended semester:6,8
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Introduction Video/Audio

GSDP_digital_resources-7284.mp4 (4蛻) 

Outline of lecture

This course intends that students窶 review and understand the protocols (e.g., copyright/窶呂opy left窶, Creative Commons License (CCL)) for implementing Open Educational Resources (OERs) and other e-resources (e.g. Google Scholar) to support academic work. Understanding how online resources can support academic desktop research along with the role of ebooks, ejournals and other online research tools will provide an overview of what is now assumed to be the digital library.

Purpose of lecture

The main purpose of this course is to provide the students窶 with an overview of elearning tools and processes so as to develop an understanding of the role and support services of the digital library and its e-resources for desktop academic research. The course will also review, apply and assess the quality of these generic elearning resources, e.g. YouTube videos, ejournals etc.

The course learning objectives are as follows:
On completion of this course participating students will be able to:

1. Develop the generic learning skills given in the overall program learning objectives;

2. Identify and define the nature of e-resources that support elearning;

3. Gain an understanding of the role and purpose of the digital library to support elearning;
4. Identify strategies for selecting eresources to support academic tasks such as desktop research;

5. Use evaluation criteria as a means of assessing the quality of digital resources; and

6. Engage with and author various e-resources for a user proposed project.

Plan of lecture

Session 1:
Introduction to the course and the participants, learning objectives and eAssessment;
Session 2:
Defining the role and purpose of the digital library to support elearning;
Session 3:
Strategies for identifying and selecting eresources for academic purposes such as desktop research;
Session 4:
Quality Assurance (QA) evaluation criteria for assessing digital resources;
Session 5:
Authoring e-resources for a user proposed project; and,
Session 6:
Plenary (Presentation, feedback and discussion of performance for future improvement).

Textbook and reference

No prescribed textbook. Open Educational Resources (OERs) will be used as given online.

Related and/or prerequisite courses

It is expected that students have some competency in English and have enrolled onto the 窶廾nline Learning and ePortfolio窶 course.


The overall distribution of the marks are allocated to the learning activities as given below:

Online Communication
Collaborative eTools
Reflection Evidence
Organisation & Presentation
Quality Enhancement

The Pass Mark is 60%

Comments from lecturer

This course will be offered in a blended learning mode including both face to face and an online learning environment. All the course materials and activities will be available online.
The generic learning objectives are common to all five GSD courses:
Develop generic educational and academic skills of the wider Global Skills Development program within the medium of English Communication learning activities with reference to leveraging:
1. The student窶冱 knowledge
2. Critical reflection of learning experiences
3. Expression of concepts and ideas
4. Interaction with others in both face-to-face and virtual environments
5. Values, culture and ethics

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