Blended Learning in a Digital Library Learning Programme

Blended Learning in a Digital Library Learning Programme

Sirje Virkus (Tallinn University, Estonia)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3688-0.ch017
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This chapter introduces a blended learning approach within a joint international Erasmus Mundus master programme on Digital Library Learning (DILL) at the Institute of Information Studies (IIS) of Tallinn University. IIS has experimented with technology-based teaching and learning methods and tools since the early 1990s. The DILL programme has been designed to offer ways to integrate traditional strategies with methods offered by the current technology for teaching and learning. The pedagogic approach used advocates using a variety of technology and media for content delivery, communication, collaboration, and student support to meet the needs of diverse student groups and improve the quality of teaching. The chapter introduces using the virtual learning environment, social media tools, open educational resources, and video interactions with remote experts within this programme. A virtual collaboration initiative (Entrepreneurship Seminar on European Virtual Venturing) between the Ecole Supérieure d'Informatique, Réseaux et Systèmes d'Information (ITIN) in Cergy-Pontoise, France, and IIS in Spring 2010 and 2011 within the Human Resource Management Module of this programme is also considered.
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International Master’S In Digital Library Learning

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperative and mobile programme of the European Union in higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European universities and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation among three countries. An international master’s programme in Digital Library Learning (DILL) is a two-year programme for information professionals who intend to work in the complex world of digital libraries. It is a joint programme between Oslo University College (Norway), Tallinn University (Estonia) and Parma University (Italy), which was supported in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme in 2007. The students acquire a joint master’s degree of 120 European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) units, recognised by all partners.

The DILL programme is delivered on campus, and students spend one term at each partner institution. The first three terms consist of six modules of 15 ECTS each. In the first semester at Oslo University College, two modules are offered: Research Methods and Theory of Science and Digital Documents. In the second semester at Tallinn University, Information and Knowledge Management and Human Resource Management modules are given. The third semester, at Parma University, consists of two modules: Access to Digital Libraries and Usage of Digital Libraries: Quantitative and Qualitative Evaluation.

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