Engaging Faculty and Students: Expanding Horizons with Multimedia Technologies Public Deposited

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  • February 22, 2019
  • Renner, Barbara Rochen
    • ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-3505-6341
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
  • Ladd, Robert
    • Affiliation: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Health Sciences Library
  • Objective: To explore innovative uses of new multimedia technologies to support learning, research, and communication. Setting: Large academic health sciences library serving 5 schools and a 700-bed teaching hospital. Method:We sought opportunities to demonstrate to Allied Health faculty the feasibility and desirability of having students use multimedia tools to communicate about their learning experiences. We started with one class and a familiar delivery method--poster presentations--with the intent of attracting additional faculty and encouraging experimentation with a range of technologies. Results:Student poster presentations in a public forum persuaded key decision-makers--the Associate Dean and division heads--that this was an effective learning activity to extend across divisions and into new audio and video technologies for online delivery using such methods as YouTube and iTunes. Although many students are excited and ready to embrace new technologies, some faculty are uncertain about their utility in academic settings. Helping faculty envision new possibilities and providing expertise in a collaborative manner, we have been able to facilitate adoption of additional, newer technologies for active learning and scholarly communication. While students and the social environment push toward newer technologies and delivery methods, traditional scholarly venues such as conferences and many teaching contexts, tend to retain the familiar, making it necessary to support them. Additionally, some users are concerned about the learning curve and long-term viability. Conclusion: New multimedia tools offer great potential for learning, research, and communication and are becoming more powerful, easier to use, less expensive, and more available. Although some in the academic community are eager to embrace them, many don't know where to start or have difficulty envisioning how they could be put to practical use. Our job is to help them imagine the possibilities and to provide the tools and expertise to make this a reality.
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  • Medical Library Association. Mid-Atlantic Chapter. Annual Meeting (2008: Morgantown, WV)

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