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Authors: Taha,Ahmed,

Title: Networked e -information services to support the e-learning process at UAE University

Publication Full: The Electronic Library

Year: 2007 Volume: 25 Issue: 3

Start Page: 349 Other Pages: 362

Descriptors: ELECTRONIC information resources, ONLINE information services, COMPUTER-assisted instruction, WEB-based instruction, LEARNING, INTERNET in education, UNITED Arab Emirates, E-leaming, Information services, Libraries,


Purpose — This paper aims to focus on how the e-library interoperates with the e-learning process within the academic computing environment (ACE) at the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU). Design/methodology/approach — This paper is inspired by the existing findings of a questionnaire survey conducted by the Laptop Project at the UAEU (2002-2003) and sequel research (2004-2005) on the acceptance and adoption of the Blackboard, a web-based instructional platform, by the students. Personal interviews were conducted with the instructors who were involved in the e-learning initiative to find out the appropriate e-information services that should be provided to support their respective Blackboard-aided courses. Findings — The paper finds that the instructors have viewed e-learning as a sound instructional tool and an evolving genre capable of providing more than just textual information. According to their viewpoints, the e-library could support e-learning courses with a bundle of networked e-information services such as development of course-related electronic collections, virtual reference help, current awareness and SDl, online document delivery, etc. E-literacy was found to play an essential role in fostering adoption and acceptance of e-learning, whereas the language barrier has constrained e-learning initiative in the colleges where Arabic is the teaching language, i.e. Blackboard does not support creation of Arabic contents and interface so far. Practical implications — The capabilities of the e-library in providing networked e-information services have made the integration with the e-learning process a highly urgent requirement. Originality/value — A model representing the integration of the e-library functions with the e-learning process is presented in the paper. The proposed model could be applicable in learning settings within an academic computing environment. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; Copyright of Electronic Library is the property of Emerald and its content may not be copied or emailed to multiple sites or posted to a listserv without the copyright holder's express written permission. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use. This abstract may be abridged. No warranty is given about the accuracy of the copy. Users should refer to the original published version of the material for the full abstract. (Copyright applies to all Abstracts.)


M3: Article; Taha, Ahmed 1; Email Address: Jazraby@yahoo.co.uk; Affiliations: 1: Jimi Business and Engineering Library, UAE University, Al-Ain, United Arab Emirates Source Info: 2007, Vol. 25 Issue 3, p349; Thesaurus Term: ELECTRONIC information resources; Thesaurus Term: ONLINE information services; Thesaurus Term: COMPUTER-assisted instruction; Thesaurus Term: WEB-based instruction; Thesaurus Term: LEARNING; Thesaurus Term: INTERNET in education; Subject Term: UNITED Arab Emirates; Author-Supplied Keyword: E-leaming; Author-Supplied Keyword: Information services; Author-Supplied Keyword: Libraries; Author-Supplied Keyword: United Arab Emirates; Number of Pages: 14p; Illustrations: 2 charts, 1 diagram. Document Type: Article

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Issn Isbn: 2640473