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Board 77: Designing, Launching, and Assessing a Multimedia Online Learning Module for Library Orientation of First-year Engineering Students

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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June 19, 2019

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Engineering Libraries Division Poster Session

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Engineering Libraries

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Gavin Paul NYU’s Tandon School of Engineering

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Gavin Paul has been an academic librarian at the Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology for many years and is currently the librarian for Instructional Services. He has worked with science and technology resources and has delivered reference and instructional services in a multitude of subjects and venues using the full and ever changing resources of the university. Teaching users how to evaluate sources and find the information they need is his interest and specialty. In addition, he was in charge of User services for many years and has been heavily involved in outreach, collaboration and web services throughout his career at Dibner. He received his undergraduate degree from Manhattan College, his MA from Fordham University, and his MLS from Queens College.

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Yona Jean-Pierre New York University

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Yona Jean-Pierre is the Director of Faculty Innovations for Teaching and Learning (FITL) at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and Philosophy from the University of Rochester and her Master of Science in Mathematics from NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Formerly known as Polytechnic University). She manages the FITL Center, which encourages and promotes innovative teaching strategies and technologies for learning. The Center provides faculty with training on new classroom technologies, access to technologies and resources, opportunities for research and design, and collaboration on educational and technological projects. Ms. Jean-Pierre has taught Mathematics, Problem- Solving and Academic Success Seminars at Polytechnic University and Columbia University. In addition to her experience in academia, Ms. Jean-Pierre has practical experience in developing online technology and multimedia products having worked in corporate positions at Google Inc. and iVillage Inc.

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Ana Torres New York University

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Ana Torres is Assistant Head at Bern Dibner Library of Science and Technology, NYU. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Barnard College, Columbia University, a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute and a Master’s degree in Technical and Professional Communication from NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Formerly known as Polytechnic University). She supports library research and teaching at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering by improving user experience as it relates to services, space and collections. She is currently focused on diversity and accessibility within the library environment.

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The Dibner Library of Science and Technology, having delivered orientations to graduate students in traditional workshop formats (auditoriums, classrooms, etc.), saw an opportunity to create a self guided multi modal module for undergraduates, and through university partnerships, make it available to a wider audience. We felt that an independent technology driven approach would be ideal for engineering students who will be engaging with and employing such an approach in their coursework and probably in their career. In partnership with the Faculty Innovations in Teaching and Learning department, the Dibner Library built an interactive multimedia library online module that was integrated into the school’s New Student Orientation Program. The process unfolded in multiple stages. It began with the conception of the module in the library and evolved into our partnerships with departments to design and implement it. A recounting of this, and a discourse on the advantages of the module over an in person presentation - in areas like accessibility, pacing and assessment - may be of interest to engineering libraries and departments. The module demonstrates the transformation of library content and delivery format in an effort to increase usage and information retention among new university students. Using the school’s Learning Management System, we converted what had been an in-person presentation into a multimedia self guided system, incorporating screen capture, voice over, videos, captions and hyperlinks. The module successfully launched to a user audience of 736 and we are reviewing the generated usage data to better define student's library resource needs and areas for improvements in the module. The current product and prospective user base is capable of exponential expansion. The format and design of the module allows for the transfer of different types of content for student learning. We plan on developing modules for advanced learning with refined assessment tools for better analysis. Collaboration with other departments may be employed to provide similar experiences to graduate students, new faculty, and online learning students. Additional modules can be targeted to engineering disciplines. We will begin with an introduction to the Dibner Library, the state of our orientations, the FITL partnership, and the need we were trying to fill, then explore the process of creation and implementation, and conclude with a discussion of the initial feedback, and possibilities for modification, and expansion. We hope to demonstrate the advantages of the module and its effectiveness with reference to student feedback, and data such as video plays and visits, view times, drop offs, returns, and the employment of BitLy to measure the number of referrals to our library workshops page.

Paul, G., & Jean-Pierre, Y., & Torres, A. (2019, June), Board 77: Designing, Launching, and Assessing a Multimedia Online Learning Module for Library Orientation of First-year Engineering Students Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--32425

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