Library Gears up Online Education in Coronavirus Crisis
25 March 2020, Wednesday, 10:24, Submitted by libtraining
During the COVID-19 epidemic, XJTLU Library has accelerated its multi-platform online education of Information Literacy, to better support both students and staff in their learning and research in XJTLU.
With series of webinars held from 10th February, more than 800 participants registered in LibCal for these professional short courses, which cover the themes of Gateway to Library Resources, Search Like a Pro, and Powerful Smart Tools.
The enthusiasm was reflected by full registration of certain training courses, active interactions such as polling and raising questions with the Chat function in BigBlueButton room, and large demand for learning materials. The three repeated sessions of Library Off-campus Access hold between Feb 10 and Feb 12 attracted more than 300 students, who interacted frequently with the presenter with the help of audio technology. The course Exploring High-quality Literature in Web of Science demonstrated advanced functions of Web of Science, one of the world’s top citation databases. Tons of online demos by the presenter together with immediate tutoring help trainees identify high-impact research documents and gain and overview of the research trends in his/her field.
“The content of the webinar is explained clearly and well structured. I will attend other library’s workshops in the future,” said Dr Qian Wang of XJTLU’s Institute of Leadership and Educational Advanced Development.
“The webinar of RefWorks is really helpful for my reference,” noted Tengxian Xu, a Year 1 student of XJTLU’s Department of Mathematical Sciences, “the teacher's instruction is very detailed, after the webinar I am able to use RefWorks independently. It saved me a lot of time for generating the reference in the papers.”
In response to the demand for presentation materials and webinar playbacks, XJTLU Library promoted Library ICE Module for all XJTLUers to access course reviews.
In addition to live sessions, the Library provided all XJTLUers with a special courseon LiVE, which is the Library’s online learning platform. The course A Case Study - Critical Thinking and Information Literacy in the Digital Environment was designed to enhance students’ core competences in identifying, searching, and selecting information in the digital age through the case study relating to COVID-19. This course has also been included in the Developing Global Citizenship program initiated by ILEAD.
The integration of online education platforms has taken XJTLU Library training courses to more audiences due to Internet’s openness and convenience. In the coming month, the Library will further publish webinars on alternative referencing management tools in order to assist XJTLUers’ research. You are welcomed to view course details and register your interested ones on LibCal.