Discovery and Use of Online Learning Resources: Case Study Findings
Journal of Educational Technology & Society
International Forum of Educational Technology and Society
Much recent research and funding have focused on building Internet-based repositories that contain collections of high-quality learning resources, often called ‘learning objects.’ Yet little is known about how non-specialist users, in particular teachers, find, access, and use digital learning resources. To address this gap, this article describes a case study of mathematics and science teachers’ practices and desires surrounding the discovery, selection, and use of digital library resources for instructional purposes. Findings suggest that the teacher participants used a broad range of search strategies in order to find resources that they deemed were age-appropriate, current, and accurate. They intended to include these resources with little modifications into planned instructional activities. The article concludes with a discussion of the implications of the findings for improving the design of educational digital library systems, including tools supporting resource reuse.
Recker, M., Dorward, J., & Nelson, L. (2004). Discovery and use of online learning resources: Case Study Findings. Educational Technology & Society, 7(2), 93-104.