2006 A digital literacy trial within the city libraries

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  • 1. A digital literacy trial within the city libraries IANIS+Annual conference Ronneby, June 15th, 20006 Eleonora Pant

2. Summary

  • Overview Elearning in Turin libraries
  • Partners
  • Project requirements and phases
  • Course design
  • Social environment
  • Measuring and evaluating
  • Future developments

3. Overview: eLearning in city libraries

  • AIM: to give the people accessing the libraries the opportunity to fill their digital gap
  • Public libraries play a role of fundamental importance
  • The municipality of Turin started an experimentation of blendedelearning
  • Managed by the KEILab

4. Mission of Public Libraries

  • [...]
  • promotingdialog and cultural diversity ;
  • ensuringaccess for citizensto all sorts of community information;
  • facilitating thedevelopment of information and computer literacy skills ;
  • supporting and participatingin literacy activitiesand programmes for all age groups, and initiating such activities if necessary.
  • (UNESCO/IFLAPublic Library Manifesto)

5. ProjectObjectives

  • extending the educational services offered by thePublic Library System(SBU) of Turin
  • the reduction of the Digital Divide and the increase of digital literacy among the population, expecially disadvantagedandliving in peripherical discricts people of the city.

6. Project phases

  • Identify an adeguate opensource LMS solution
  • Implemet a trial course about basic use of PC and office application
  • Organize a pilot course with on site support
  • Deliver the course
  • Evaluate data and problems

7. Project Partners

  • The project is coordinated by
  • Turin Public Library System
  • In partnership withKEILAB

8. Sistema Bibliotecario Urbano di Torino

  • the Central Public Library,
  • the network-center,
  • 15 branch libraries
  • 4 service points in public offices
  • 2 Prison libraries.
  • 4 multimedia classrooms
  • Documents :1.318.324
  • Periodicals (Current Titles):3.268
  • Lendings:761.268
  • Visits:1.250.377

9. KEILab

  • A research project based on agreement between CSP and Turin University (Education Sciences Department, LIASES-Faculty of Economics)
  • is focused on:
  • elearning toolsandmethodologies ,
  • collaborative work ,
  • digital communities andknowledge management
  • Open source software

10. Project Requirements

  • The project was specially intended to support:
  • Unemployed people in seek of professional retraining
  • Elder people
  • Foreign people looking for professional training and language support
  • People with various levels of disability
  • Requirements: opensource,multilingual supportandusability accessibility

11. Platform Selection Atutor(www.atutor.ca) Developed by the Adaptive Technology Resource Centre of the University of Toronto, Canada. Claroline(www.claroline.net) Developed by the University of Louvain. Belgium. Moodle(www.moodle.org) Developed by Martin Dougiamas 12. Selection results

  • The selected LMS wasAtutor .
  • Accessibility
  • Test and self evalution tools
  • Compliance to sector standards
  • Multilingual support

13. Course design

  • Narrow user-base:limited to30 students
  • Restricted Access
  • Face to face tutoring
  • Digital Literacy - related content
  • Fixed temporal span
  • Trasmissive (instructionist) approach to learning

14. Social environment of the project First phase : may-june 2005 inMirafiori outskirt Second phase : october-november 2005 in Mirafiori and Borgo Po outskirt 15. Data gathering - Questionnaires

  • Before: to evaluate competence, motivations, area of interests as well as age, gender and occupational info
  • After: to analyze the satisfaction level, their impressions, suggestions and remarks.

16. Measuring and evalutating

  • Measure and evaluate
  • the platform suitability
  • the contents
  • the participation
  • the satifaction of the participants

17. Measuring and evaluating - participation

  • 25 participants completed the courses
  • Younger than expected (43 years old)
  • Level of education higher than expected (secondary school)
  • Few retired and unemployed people, no immigrants
  • No competences in using PC
  • Motivation for learning: self development (15 on 25)

18. Measuring and evaluating - satisfaction

  • The course was considered useful enough
  • Didactical objectives were quite reached
  • The effectiveness of the course was defined as not so satisfactory

19. Measuring and evaluating - satisfaction

  • The course was considered enough useful
  • Didactical objectives were quite reached
  • The effectiveness of the course was defined not so satisfactory

20. Measuring and evaluating the course

  • The Atutor LMS was used without problems
  • The mood in the classroom was positive
  • The didactical contents were succefully achieved
  • The onsite tutoring was considered very positively

21. Future developments

  • This first experimental phase will be completed shortly with the production of a final report about the experience.
  • A second phases is going to start with the production of contents related to the city and the services available especially devoted to
  • immigrants and non-EU citizens.

22. Contacts [email_address] Skype: epanto CSP innovazione nelle ICT Sedevia Livorno 60 - 10144 Torino Edificio Laboratori A1 Tel+39 011 4815111 Fax+39 011 4815001 E-mail : info@csp.it Seconda sede operativa Villa Gualino - Viale Settimio Severo 63 10133 Torino www.csp.it