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The CERD Model: Three possible approaches to designing collaborative educational digital libraries

Presentation by Pauline Ngimwa at CALRG annual conference 2010...

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Rebecca Ferguson
24 May 2010

Presentation by Pauline Ngimwa at CALRG annual conference 2010.

Academics and librarians often work in 'silos' when it comes to design and usage of digital libraries. This results in development of digital libraries which are not always aligned to the pedagogical needs of the learner, therefore failing to utilise the full potential of digital technologies. New initiatives in the design of digital libraries have highlighte the benefits of having end-users involved in the design and development process. Such benefits include user-centred resources that directly address the needs of users. However, bringing academics and learners (end-users) and librarians together to collaborate in the design process of digital libraries is complex because of their varying needs, contexts and backgrounds.

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Pauline Ngimwa on The CERD model: three possible approaches to designing collaborative educational digital libraries.

Work in progress, looking for feedback.

Motivated by own experience working in African educational sector, and disconnect between developers of eLearning programmes and digital library programmes.

Digital libraries can benefit if that apply participatory designs, new web technologies, design collaboratively with users, and along with learning objectives.

Qualitative research work – three case studies in Uganda, Kenya and South Africa. 42 interviews with academics, students, librarians and project staff; observations and document analysis; looking at 11 projects. ‘Almost’ grounded theory.

First approach (C-I) is around collaboration and innovation.

Second approach (E-I-C) around education, innovation and collaboration.

Third approach (I-C-QI) around innovation, collaboration and quality innovation.

Exploring relationship between those.


Kim Issroff: Who decides on what counts as a quality innovation in I-C-QI?

Pauline: If interviewee, or in the documents, says it.

Anna: Grounded theory – why ‘almost’?

Pauline: Didn’t intend to use Grounded Theory initially, but found in the process that it would be useful. But even now keeps returning to the data.

Anne: Surprising that (1) very large importance of policies, the innovative stuff happens when there’s policy behind it, (2) Being HCI user-centred person, thought collaboration was important, but data found was driven by innovation, and technology innovation specifically. Parallels clear with UK situation.

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Doug Clow
09:20 on 24 May 2010

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