Optimizing ICT trends to enhance Open Distance Learning : impact of a practical assignment on professional relationships.

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dc.contributor.author Henning, J. C.
dc.date.accessioned 2010-06-08T07:19:58Z
dc.date.available 2010-06-08T07:19:58Z
dc.date.issued 2010-05-17
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/3317
dc.description.abstract The image of librarians and the Academic Library’s role in teaching and learning has always been a topic close to the heart of these professionals. Equally important for librarians are positive relationships with management and colleagues within the institution. Interdependencies between faculty and the library impact on the performance and delivery of services and require careful management as well. This paper focuses on how a library manager as a member of the Extended Management Committee of a university interacted with colleagues in senior management on a topic of mutual interest to complete a group assignment. The role played by the library manager and the changes in and impact on the relationships will be highlighted. The topic of the assignment “Optimizing ICT trends to enhance Open Distance Learning (ODL)” provided ample opportunity to demonstrate the changed role of the Academic Library in ODL as well as in online teaching and learning. A brief overview of ODL, information on the assignment and methodology followed will be presented. Information on the findings will be shared and the views of participants in the audience on these findings will be invited. An opportunity to share similar or different experiences will also be provided. The findings indicate that there is a better understanding of the role of the academic library in teaching and learning as well as appreciation for the way the library optimizes ICT developments to improve service delivery and access to services and resources. Another finding is that there is enhanced collaboration with the library as well as increased awareness of possibilities to utilize technologies in ODL. As leader / coordinator of the assignment and as a result of the interaction with the group, I experienced closer collaboration and improved communication with members of the group not only during the assignment but also on an ongoing basis. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.subject Distance learning en
dc.subject Open distance learning en
dc.subject Academic libraries en
dc.subject Information technology en
dc.title Optimizing ICT trends to enhance Open Distance Learning : impact of a practical assignment on professional relationships. en
dc.type Presentation en

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