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Tuesday, May 17 • 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Poster Session 2: Poster Board Number 124

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Poster Board Number: 124
Title: Rethinking the Way We Teach: A Look at Online Classes
Objective: The purpose of this research project is to find out if creating online classes for existing standing classes is useful for patrons. This will be done by figuring out who is using the classes, what their perceived needs are, and what they feel could be done to improve their experiences.
Methods: An online survey will be used to capture data for this research study. To maximize responses, the survey will go out in two ways. It will be placed directly on the online class pages to determine who is looking at the pages and why. The link will also be sent out via monthly emails to faculty to increase the number of respondents while publicizing the online classes. In addition, statistics will be gathered on the number of visits and unique visits to the online class landing page as well as the individual classes.
Results: The online survey went up on December 9, and responses were elicited in mid-January. As of February 14, 2011, only seven responses were received. Five of those were from a self-identified faculty member, one from an anonymous faculty member, and one a simple response to an email asking for feedback. While the feedback was positive, not much was learned. The statistics gathered from Google Analytics showed that the most popular class averaged forty-two unique visits per month, while the least popular class gathered around four unique visits per month. The online class landing page had an average of seventy-one unique hits per month since its creation.
Conclusions: Although it is unclear who is accessing the online classes, the statistics show that they are getting used. The benefits of online classes as alternatives or supplements to face-to-face classes make them worth creating in the future.
Authors: Amy E. Blevins, Clinical Education Librarian, Hardin Library for the Health Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA; Megan E. Besaw, Liaison, College of Allied Health; Roger Russell, AHIP, Associate Professor/Assistant Director, User Services; Laupus Library; East Carolina University, Greenville, NC

Tuesday May 17, 2011 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Exhibit Hall A - Minneapolis Convention Center

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