Developing eLearning skills in the library: an evaluation

2016-10-05T05:50:51Z (GMT) by Yiye Han Steven Yates
A paper presented at AL4 2016
14:45 – 15:05pm, Friday 3 June 2016

Purpose

Monash University Library has embraced eLearning as a strategy in its teaching of information research and learning skills within the university. This paper explores the sustainability of this strategy through an evaluation of eLearning related work in the organisation and concludes with recommendations for sustaining and improving practice.

Design/Methodology/Approach

This evaluation uses a mixed methods methodology. Quantitative and qualitative data is obtained from surveys, usage statistics, records of eLearning resources, focus groups, interviews and case studies for an enriched understanding of practices.

Findings

Findings suggest that library staff have gained knowledge and skills indicating a sustainable strategy. However, further work is required to sustain staff development and support staff requirements in the long term.

Research limitations/implications

This research is limited by its wide focus. Although this is mostly resolved through the use of multiple data collection methods, the thoroughness of the evaluation may have suffered while attempting to be comprehensive.

Practical implications

The conclusions of this evaluation as well as methods of its execution can be shared with other institutions wishing to produce eLearning resources in a sustainable and effective manner.

Originality/value

Monash University Library develops its eLearning resources in-house, whereas many other institutions outsource. This paper explores the effectiveness of the implementation of this strategy based on evidence discussed in the paper.