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Digital Libraries as Learning Environments: A Case for Enabling Digital Libraries

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dc.contributor.author Ahmad, Faisal
dc.date.accessioned 2005-08-10T12:57:13Z
dc.date.available 2005-08-10T12:57:13Z
dc.date.issued 2005-08-10T12:57:13Z
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1911/5110
dc.description Final doctoral research paper presented at JCDL 2005 Inaugural Doctoral Consortium, 7 June 2005, Denver, Colorado, USA.
dc.description.abstract Digital libraries have improved the availability of resources by leaps and bonds compared to traditional libraries. The improved availability does not have much effect on improved accessibility of resources. Accessibility is related to making the resources useable and useful for the user [1]. This shortcoming can be addressed by changing the focus from user-centered design to learner-centered design of digital libraries. In this paper, I present a theory of learning that is a natural fit for online digital libraries. Based on this theory, I will present a framework that provides guidance for design and development of educational digital libraries. I call the resulting digital libraries “Enabling Digital Libraries”. Enabling digital libraries are characterized by the interactions that provide processes and representations that enable a learner to grasp a higher level of understanding related to her task / information requirements / learning needs. I will show how the conceptual framework can be used for evaluation of current digital libraries interfaces and how can it be used to guide design of new generation of educational digital libraries.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of Computer Science, University of Colorado, Campus Box 430, Boulder, Colorado, USA 80309-0430
dc.format.extent 540675 bytes
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language.iso en
dc.subject digital libraries
learning environments
accessibility
learner-centered design
educational digital libraries
enabling digital libraries
information seeking
learning conceptualizations
dc.title Digital Libraries as Learning Environments: A Case for Enabling Digital Libraries
dc.type Article
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dc.identifier.citation Ahmad, Faisal. (2005). "Digital Libraries as Learning Environments: A Case for Enabling Digital Libraries."

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