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Digital Libraries: innovative tool enhancing teaching and learning


The EMMA (European Multiple MOOC Aggregator) project, a multilingual and cross-cultural platform to collect free MOOC offered by important European Universities.

Since April 2016, The platform has hosted the Digital Library in principle and practice MOOC, offered by the University of Parma and part of DILL master community of alumni.

Join the MOOC on the EMMA virtual learning environment: click on 'ENROL ME'
The course started on April 12th, but lessons and materials will remain available until July 31st 2016


Course Overview

Digital libraries are learning spaces which serve social and intellectual roles in bringing together people and ideas. New teaching and learning methods which are more “student centered” are forcing a new focus on digital libraries. This MOOC is designed to introduce how digital libraries are important for learning

Questions: What is the role of a digital library when users can obtain digital resources from any Internet site? And what does this role change mean for the creation and design of a digital library space? 
There are many typologies of digital libraries but seems to be a general agreement that they can play three roles in education:

  1. as a resource for teaching (i.e. for curriculum development)
  2. as an environment for learning (i.e. enhancing student experience)
  3. as an authoring space (i.e.again, in support of student experience).

The course is designed to be comprehensive but fundamental. By comprehensive we mean that the course illustrates all the components of a digital library but fundamentally, in a basic way. The course also provides a hands-on opportunity for learners to create their own digital library.

The course is primarily intended for:

  • K-12 teachers at all levels, including elementary, middle, and high school teachers;
  • Continuing education or in-service facilitators supporting teachers and faculty;
  • Educators interested in educational technology and/or online instruction;
  • Cultural heritage professionals wishing to be involved in participatory educational activities;
  • Anyone with an interest in digital libraries.

This MOOC has 4 weeks of study time, with 6-8 hours a week of workload.

Video, interviews, Lesson Conversations: Each lesson will feature a number of videos and/or presentations, interviews to experts and observations highlighting a relevant topic of the lesson.

As part of the activities, you are welcome to share materials, opinions or experiences related to this course via the Conversation at the end of the lesson and via social media channels.

All content on this course and all content created by yourself as part of the course, unless specified otherwise, is licensed under a Creative Commons.


The Learning Community

All participants have joined a Virtual Learning Community which has grown during the MOOC path. Through Twitter  and Our Facebook group, we enhance the constructivist learning approach, where everybody share ideas, experiences, resources and concepts.

Use hashtags #EUmooc #DigitalLibraryLearning


Contents and structure

    The MOOC will describe many digital libraries which have been originally developed for facilitating knowledge sharing and creation and make available digital library learning spaces. Over the MOOC we will cover the following topics:

    • What is a digital library?
    • How can you use a digital library for learning? 
    • How can you create a digital library?
    • Associating resources and tools to evidenced learning needs


    Learning Objectives

    The MOOC aims to provide participants with the knowledge to take useful part in digital libraries. To achieve this, participants will learn some digital library terms and concepts, and learn about the learning role of digital libraries, the legal framework, the curation of digital resources, the practical requirements and facilities of digital collections. 

    You will learn:

    1. how to discover digital libraries, to create/curate and use digital libraries and sharing digital resource in the classroom to support teaching and learning;
    2. the learning role of digital libraries which provide a virtual place for teachers and learners to meet outside the structure of the classroom. 

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