Determining the Electronic Information Access Visibility Among the Faculty Members in the Engineering and Technology Institutions

Determining the Electronic Information Access Visibility Among the Faculty Members in the Engineering and Technology Institutions

C. Baskaran (Alagappa University, India) and P. Ramesh (Alagappa University, India)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-9825-1.ch020

Abstract

The study analyses faculty members from 39 engineering institutions where electronic information was accessed for their teaching and research in Coimbatore District. The study observed results that 176 (33.8%) of them are Masters in Engineering, 89 (17.1%) of them have done M.Sc. Engineering, 46 (8.8%) of them have completed M. Tech, and 87 (16.8%) of the respondents are Ph.D. holders. The majority of the respondents, 221 (42.5%), are assistant professors/lecturers/senior lecturers. Two hundred fifty-one (48.3%) respondents rated that information sought from e-books are “excellent” while 205 (39.4%) of the respondents rated them as “very good.” Two hundred eighty (53.8%) respondents “agree” that electronic journals save the time of the user while 219 (42.1%) of the respondents “strongly agree.” A miniscule number, 21 (4.0%), respondents “disagree.”
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Ferdig and Trammel(2004) argue that the immediacy and commentary based systems of blogging lead to reflection and analysis and contextualisation of learning via hyperlinks. They further contend that blogs are more successful in promoting interactivity that is conversational as opposed to other online discussion. Research also suggests that blogs allow a more creative response from students (Oravec, 2005) and that the open and interlinked nature of blogs connects learners to contexts beyond the classroom (Baim, 2004).The term MOOC has been around since 2008, but the concept began to generate significant media attention and debate in 2012 with the launch of MOOCs offered by or in association with prestigious US institutions through providers such as EdX, Coursera, and Udacity. In response to widespread media attention and debate, uptake of MOOCs has since spread globally. Coursera and EdX have partnered with elite institutions in Europe, Asia, and Australasia, and new MOOC platforms have been developed including Future Learn in the UK, OpenupEd, and iVersity in Europe and Open2Study in Australia. Joseph Jestin and Ally Sornam (2016) revealed that the use of e-resources in this era of information technology supports teaching, learning and research activities. It examines the faculty usage of E-Resources in Kerala Engineering Colleges and the usage of e-resources by the faculty members of engineering colleges in Kerala. Baskaran (2011) discussed user much more interest on using Internet for accessing scientific information in which global level publications. This study reveals that faculty of science respondents secured maximum level due to keen search and obtained information by scientific journals and electronic publications. The maximum number of users are visited the library for preparing seminars, conferences and assignments. The Internet users prefer Yahoo search engine and Google is next position in this study.

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