Maximizing Collaborative Learning and Work in Digital Libraries and Repositories: A Conceptual Meta-Case

Shalin Hai-Jew (Kansas State University, USA)
Copyright: © 2010 |Pages: 192
EISBN13: 9781616921552|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-60566-878-9.ch011
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Abstract

Digital libraries and repositories aren’t often thought of as virtual learning environments. However, in function and designs, they are. A wide range of digital artifacts are archived on both private and public open-source digital libraries and repositories. There are digital collections of texts, maps, photos, sound files, geospatial resources, video, and 3D objects. There are repositories for particular fields of study as well as multi-discipline ones. These may be structured as ontologies or taxonomies in particular knowledge (or cross-discipline) domains. Recently, designers of digital libraries and repositories have been focusing more testing and design on making such spaces usable for collaborative learning and building networks of communities. This chapter will explore how to maximize collaborative learning and work in digital libraries and repositories by applying pedagogical strategies.
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