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									The MLS Online
Jana Bradley, Director
Library Science Program
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
Syracuse, New York
jobradle@syr.edu
         ONLINE DEGREES:
           Introduction
   Alternatives to campus education
   From online courses to degrees
   Rethinking online course structure
   Rethinking online pedagogy
   Rethinking entire degree delivery
    online
    ONLINE DEGREES: Syracuse
           Experience
   School of Information Studies, Syracuse
    University, Syracuse, New York
   Library education since 1896
   Limited residency distance MLS, since
    1993
   Online delivery of 3 master’s degrees
SCHOOL OF INFORMATION
STUDIES
   Interdisciplinary information school
   5 degrees
       Master of Library Science
       Master of Information Management
       Master of Telecommunication and Network
        Management
       Bachelor of Information Management and
        Technology
       Ph.D. in Information Transfer
        LIMITED RESIDENCY
        ONLINE PROGRAMS
   Limited residency, online delivery
    options for MLS, IM, TNM digress
   Initial 7-10 days on campus
   Internet courses
     with 3-4 day residencies
     without residencies

   Primarily part-time students
           ONLINE MLS
TOPICS
   Enabling Technology
   Individual Courses
   Degree Program
   Faculty Issues
   Student Issues
    ENABLING TECHNOLOGY
   Online teaching/learning space
   Conditions of access
   Software choices
     Internet tools
     Build your own

     Vendor online course products
ENABLING
TECHNOLOGY:
Functionality
   Closed environment
   Document delivery
   Threaded discussion
   Chat rooms
ENABLING
TECHNOLOGY:
Functionality, con’d
   Student file space
   Group support
   Assignment posting
   Course management
             IT Support
   2 models
     Each tub on its own bottom
     Staff support

   Technology as the new
    instructional infrastructure
   24/7 production environment
             IT Support
   Course creation
   Course maintenance
   Faculty training/support
     Initial course
     Continual development

   Student training/support
INDIVIDUAL COURSES
   Rethinking instructional activities
   Four topics
     Providing content
     Structuring interaction

     Assigning activities

     Providing feedback/evaluation
Providing Content
   Rethinking content provision online
   Selecting readings
      textbook, scanned articles, internet
       documents
   Imparting knowledge
      Prepared documents

      Prepared presentations

      Asynchronous interaction

      Real-time interaction
Structuring Interaction
 Rethinking interaction online
 Spontaneous vs structured

 Types of structure

     Questions
     Exercises

     Student Contributions
Structuring Interaction
 Facilitator roles
 Assuring participation

     Laissez faire
     Participation requirements

     Graded participation

   Guidelines for e-discussion
Assigning Activities
   Rethinking assignments online
   Feasibility of short, frequent tasks
     Exercises
     “Search and summarize”

   E-journaling
   Cumulating student contributions
Assigning Activities
   Rethinking activities
     Papers/Essays
     Exercises

     Bibliographies/resource lists

     Projects
Assigning Activities
   Web pages as a product
     Student homepage

     Pathfinders and resource lists

     Other web documents

     Importance of a closed
      environment
Assigning Activities
   Submission alternatives
     Paper –cumbersome

     Electronic alternatives
Providing Feedback
 Developing new patterns
 Grading online

     Interspersed comments
     Comment message

     Group comments via e-discussion

   E-grades
DEGREE PROGRAM
   Rethinking all aspects of the
    student experience
     From paper to electronic
     Increased individual e-communication

     Need for “document” solutions

     Content ownership and version

      control
DEGREE PROGRAM
   Curriculum
       Relationship to campus courses
   Support services
     “paperwork” of being a student
     Interaction with university

      services
DEGREE PROGRAM
   Advising
       Relationship with advisor
       Peer advising
       Advising sites
   Extracurricular activities
       Exploring electronic delivery
       Student organizations
       Video conferences/lectures
DEGREE PROGRAM
   Student participation in
    governance
     Committee participation
     Representation

   Career Services
FACULTY ISSUES
 Reinventing oneself as a
  teacher
 Who teaches online?

 Support

    Technical

    Pedagogical
FACULTY ISSUES
 Workload issues
 Expectations of faculty

 Online presence

 Sharing Expertise
STUDENTS
   Profile of distance students
       Part-time students
       Motivated
       Often over committed
       Working, often in libraries
STUDENTS
   “Loneliness of the long distance
    student”
       Creating community among students
       Role of the residency
           Initial residency
           Course residencies
   Managing Student Expectations
SUMMING UP
Moving Toward
 Rethinking the educational
  experience online
 E-interactions for student services

 24/7 production environment

 More staff support

 Faculty self-sufficiency
MORE SUMMING UP
Moving Toward
 Strategies for sharing experiences

 Increased use of electronic
  communication in campus-based
  programs
 Higher “bars” for campus-based
  instruction
 Increased instructor teaching time
SUMMING UP
Moving Toward
 Collaborative learning and

  learning communities
 Strain on traditional faculty
  reward system
THE FUTURE
   Campus-based and Distance
    Delivery
   Can one institution do both well?
   How electronic will campus-based
    education go?
   School of Information Studies:
    commitment to both

								
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