Fairy tales and Elggs: social networking with student rovers in learning commons

Tairi, Kim and McCormack, Rob and Leihy, Peodair and Ring, Peter Fairy tales and Elggs: social networking with student rovers in learning commons., 2008 . In VALA 14th Biennial Conference and Exhibition, Melbourne (Australia), 05-07 February 2008. [Conference paper]


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The Learning (or Information) Commons concept has transformed and extended library services in universities worldwide and most university libraries have adopted aspects of the concept. At Victoria University (VU) the Commons has co-located related student services. Student Rovers are a key feature of the service offered. To build an online community of practice for the Rovers, VU experimented with open source social networking software. A central lesson is that, while web-based social networking is essential, the usability and reliability of any particular software is less important than the way in which such tools are used by participants. This paper will outline preliminary results of VU's evaluation of the pilot and dispel some of the myths and fairy tales around using social networking software in an educational context.

Item type: Conference paper
Keywords: Social networking; Information literacy; Academic libraries; Learning community; Learning; Social networks; Community networking
Subjects: D. Libraries as physical collections. > DD. Academic libraries.
A. Theoretical and general aspects of libraries and information. > AB. Information theory and library theory.
L. Information technology and library technology
Depositing user: Rebecca Parker
Date deposited: 30 Sep 2008
Last modified: 02 Oct 2014 12:12
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10760/12307


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