Graduate Students' Collaborative Information Seeking in a Group-based Learning Setting

Graduate Students' Collaborative Information Seeking in a Group-based Learning Setting

Date: May 2013
Creator: Lee, Jisu
Description: Working with others within an organization can have a variety of positive effects, and the benefits of collaboration have been discussed in various disciplines. In information science, interest in collaborative information seeking, including collaborative information seeking by students in an online learning environment is expanding. This study was aimed at understanding graduate students' collaborative information seeking behaviors through the process of a group project, including factors that affected students' perceptions of collaborative work and their difficulties during the collaborative process. The research was based on Yue and He's model, which describes information users' collaborative communication and information behaviors, and Kuhlthau's model, which describes users' individual information seeking behaviors. The participants were 43 students enrolled in a master's level course delivered primarily online. The students were required to work together in groups to complete a research project. Data were collected through a background survey, behavior survey, and online communication texts and analyzed using descriptive statistics, statistical tests, and content analyses. The results showed significant changes in collaborative and information seeking behaviors and perceptions across three stages of the project during the semester. Theoretical, practical, and methodological implications for future research are discussed.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
"Mapping the Southwest" Project: Collaboration for Curation of Wide-format Items

"Mapping the Southwest" Project: Collaboration for Curation of Wide-format Items

Date: April 2013
Creator: Alemneh, Daniel Gelaw
Description: This presentation discusses the 'Mapping the Southwest' project and the collaboration for curation of wide-format items.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
An Analysis of the Satisfaction of the Students during the First Ten Years of the Collaborative Program between Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas

An Analysis of the Satisfaction of the Students during the First Ten Years of the Collaborative Program between Dallas Theological Seminary and the University of North Texas

Date: August 2008
Creator: Kavlie, Lucas B.
Description: This study analyzes the satisfaction of doctoral students in the joint doctoral program in Christian higher education between Dallas Theological Seminary (DTS) and the University of North Texas (UNT). The study focuses on the 18 students who have been identified as advanced participants in or graduates from the joint program from its inception in 1997 through its 10-year mark in 2007. Fourteen of the 18 eligible students agreed to participate in this study for a 77.8 % response rate. The doctoral students completed a survey that was created using a study of Garrett in 2006 of doctoral students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities and of McLaughlin in 2002 of graduate students in Christian education at DTS. The purpose of this study was to determine to what extent the joint doctoral program in higher education between both institutions meets the expectations of the students and prepares them for the range of careers that they then pursue. The study offers a number of findings surrounding the five research questions and offers several conclusions and recommendations for further research. The study concluded that the surveyed participants were immensely satisfied with their education experience thus assuming that the joint program does meet expectations ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Collaborative Digital Repository Opportunities

Collaborative Digital Repository Opportunities

Date: October 11, 2010
Creator: Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: This presentation discusses collaborative digital repository opportunities. The presentation offers questions and considerations as well as managing digital collections.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Collaborative Strategies for Digital Preservation of Newspapers

Collaborative Strategies for Digital Preservation of Newspapers

Date: April 11, 2011
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: This presentation discusses collaborative strategies for the digital preservation of newspapers. The University of North Texas (UNT) Texas Digital Newspaper Program (TDNP), the MetaArchive Cooperative, and the Chronicles in Preservation Project are discussed with information on what they do, the importance of newspaper digitization projects, and how collaboration can further efforts in this area.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Effects of Problem-based Learning on a Fifth Grade Language Arts Classroom

Effects of Problem-based Learning on a Fifth Grade Language Arts Classroom

Date: May 2013
Creator: Blackwell, Deborah
Description: The main purpose of this qualitative research was to discover the effects of problem-based learning on a fifth grade language arts classroom. The secondary purpose was to examine how receptive fifth grade students were to a new way of learning. In this descriptive study, a group of nine students created an alternate reality game as part of a problem-based learning module. The instructional design of the study included three weeks for students to design and construct their games and one week to play, receive feedback and revise based on feedback. Through reflective blogs, semi-structured interviews, video recordings, and observations, data was collected to analyze. Over a period of five months, the data was coded and arranged into categories. The categories merged into themes. The results and findings revealed the impact collaborative groups have on design and enjoyment. Self-regulation skills were found to be lacking in most of the students, intrinsic motivation increased for some students while others developed positive outcomes beyond the scope of this study.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Appendix A: Preservation Business Model

Appendix A: Preservation Business Model

Date: March 13, 2012
Creator: Halbert, Martin; Hartman, Cathy Nelson; Skinner, Katherine; Walters, Tyler & Schultz, Matt
Description: This is an appendix to the MetaArchive Final Report. This appendix includes the 2010-2013 Strategic Plan which highlights the Educopia institute's strengths and achievements to date and details the strategic planning process. Specifically this strategic plan declares Educopia institute's: Mission statement, Vision, Three Critical Challenges, and Six Programmatic Goals (with objectives and strategies).
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Community-Driven Approaches to Digital Preservation

Community-Driven Approaches to Digital Preservation

Date: August 12, 2011
Creator: Halbert, Martin & Skinner, Katherine
Description: This presentation discusses community-driven approaches to digital preservation. The authors state the importance of collaboration and who is collaborating and how. In addition, information on some core principles of collaborative preservation and what these look like in practice.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Libraries and the Research Enterprise: A View from a LIS Educator/Researcher

Libraries and the Research Enterprise: A View from a LIS Educator/Researcher

Date: January 21, 2012
Creator: Moen, William E.
Description: This presentation is part of a panel discussion titled "Academic Libraries as Partners in Research." This presentation discusses libraries, research, and collaboration, with examples and strategies from the point-of-view of a Library and Information Science (LIS) educator and researcher.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Information
Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation: Community Briefing on the ANADP 2011 Summit

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation: Community Briefing on the ANADP 2011 Summit

Date: December 13, 2011
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: Presentation for the 2011 Coalition of Networked Information (CNI) meeting discussing the Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation Summit, held in the capital of Estonia in May 2011.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Nuts & Bolts: Preserving Digital Content at the University of North Texas

Nuts & Bolts: Preserving Digital Content at the University of North Texas

Date: June 2008
Creator: Hartman, Cathy Nelson & Phillips, Mark Edward
Description: This presentation discusses the preservation and digitization of content at the University of North Texas (UNT). The topics include a background of the digital initiatives at the UNT Libraries, the organization of the digital initiatives, the collaborative projects, the collections held by the UNT Libraries, and areas of research.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
University of North Texas Digital Scholarship Cooperative

University of North Texas Digital Scholarship Cooperative

Date: December 13, 2011
Creator: Halbert, Martin
Description: This presentation discusses the University of North Texas (UNT) Digital Scholarship Cooperative. This presentation describes what led to the UNT Digital Scholarship (DS) endeavor and campus planning effort, the aims and different scenarios studied, and the next steps planned.
Contributing Partner: UNT Digital Scholarship Cooperative (DiSCo)
Creating a Collaborative Online Project for an MBA Core course

Creating a Collaborative Online Project for an MBA Core course

Date: March 28, 2012
Creator: Evangelopoulos, Nicholas & Jayakumar, Jay
Description: Poster presented as part of the 2012 University Forum on Teaching & Learning at UNT. This poster discusses creating a collaborative online project for an MBA core course. Traditional face-to-face classes offer the rich interactive experience gained through collaborative group projects.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Business
Learning From Each Other: Narrative Explorations of Art Museum Self-guided Materials

Learning From Each Other: Narrative Explorations of Art Museum Self-guided Materials

Date: August 2013
Creator: Fuentes, Jessica
Description: By engaging in collaborative arts-based and arts-informed narrative inquiry with my six-year-old daughter, we explored self-guided materials in art museums in the North Texas area. Though the field of art museum education is becoming increasingly participatory, most academic research related to self-guided materials has fallen short of exploring visitors' experiences with these materials. Furthermore, the perspectives of children have been long overlooked in academic and, at times, institutional research about family experiences in museums. Over the course of nine months, my daughter and I visited art museums and engaged with their self-guided materials, ranging from audio tours to interactive galleries. During this time we created collaborative works of art based on our experiences, which acted as both data collection and analysis in preparation for writing narratives. Our narrative explorations allowed us each to better understand our collective experiences. Though this research specifically targets self-guided materials in art museums, any educator interested in intergenerational or collaborative family learning may find both our methodologies and our conclusions to be helpful in better understanding how narratives are essential to this type of learning.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Understanding the Owner’s Manual: the United States Constitution Examined Through the Lens of Technical Communication

Understanding the Owner’s Manual: the United States Constitution Examined Through the Lens of Technical Communication

Date: May 2012
Creator: Elerson, Crystal
Description: This dissertation explores the collaborative process and use of language that went into the creating the United States Constitution in 1787. From a technical communication perspective, the collaborative process explored did not develop any new theories on collaboration, but instead, allows scholars to track the emergence of a well-documented America collaborative process from the early period of the developing American nation on a document that has remained in use for over 235 years. in addition to examining this collaborative process, the author also discusses the use of passive voice and negative language in the first article of the Constitution.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Never Odd Or Even: Using Temporal Structures In Composing Music For Dance

Never Odd Or Even: Using Temporal Structures In Composing Music For Dance

Date: May 2012
Creator: Bernardo, Daniel
Description: This study engages the collaboration of dance and music, focusing primarily on experiences in the production of a large scale collaborative concert entitled Never Odd or Even. Famous historical collaborations offer archetypal collaborative models, the more unconventional of which are applied to the pieces of the concert. Issues and observations regarding cross-influence, project evolution, and application of the collaborative models are engaged to determine effective means of collaboration given different circumstances. The key focus of the study, the temporal relationship between music and dance, is explored in great detail to determine three models for relating time between music and dance. These temporal relationship models are applied to the pieces and evaluated on effectiveness and potential strengths when applied to dance.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Laying the foundation for successful non-academic writing: Professional communication principles in the K-5 curricula of the McKinney Independent School District.

Laying the foundation for successful non-academic writing: Professional communication principles in the K-5 curricula of the McKinney Independent School District.

Date: December 2009
Creator: Treviño, Marlea
Description: Traditionally, K-5 students' writing has had a primarily academic aim-to help students master concepts and express themselves. Even if students take a professional writing course later, they typically do not have the opportunity to practice-over the long period of time mastery requires-the non-academic writing skills they will be required to use as part of their jobs and in their civic life. Based on a limited K-5 study, Texas' McKinney Independent School District is doing a good job of preparing students at the elementary-school level in the areas of collaboration and presentation. A fair job of helping elementary-school students understand the communication situation, define audience, clarify purpose, gather and evaluate resources, and test usability. [And] a poor job of helping elementary-school students with analysis and organization. With their teachers' help, K-5 students eventually grasp the communication situation and can broadly identify their audience and purpose, but they do not appear to select words, format, communication style, or design based on that audience and purpose. Their writer-based focus affects their presentations as well, although they do present frequently. If teachers routinely incorporated audience and purpose considerations into every aspect of communication assignments (format, communication style, design), students would be better prepared for ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation

Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation

Date: August 2012
Creator: Educopia Institute
Description: The "Aligning National Approaches to Digital Preservation" (ANADP) conference was held at the National Library of Estonia, from May 23-25, 2011. More than 125 delegates from more than 20 countries were gathered in Tallinn, Estonia and explored how to create and sustain international collaborations to support the preservation of digital cultural memory. This publication contains a collection of peer-reviewed essays that were developed by conference panels and attendees in the months following ANADP.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
50 Years of Reference Service Literature Review Sources

50 Years of Reference Service Literature Review Sources

Date: April 2014
Creator: Sears, Suzanne & Leuzinger, Julie
Description: Handout accompanying a presentation for the Texas Library Association (TLA) 2014 Annual Conference at the Reference Round Table. This handout includes literature review sources representing 50 years of reference service.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
A transaction costs explanation of inter-local government collaboration.

A transaction costs explanation of inter-local government collaboration.

Date: August 2005
Creator: Krueger, Eric L.
Description: This study develops a model of collaboration choice among city governments. The theoretical model suggests that collaboration is a function of transaction costs that vary with different institutional arrangements utilized in cities, as well as the degree of competition between cities. This study argues that cities facing high transaction costs and high competition are less likely to participate in collaboration and to participate less deeply. Underlying these environmental factors are resource factors that create incentives for cities to collaborate for efficiency gains, which affect both the decision to collaboration and the depth of collaboration. Eleven hypotheses are presented to explain why cities choose to participate in collaboration in the first stage of the analysis and how deeply they collaborate in the second stage. Utilizing a Heckman model of this two-stage process, I find broad support for a number of variables that measure each of these theoretical constructs.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Suggestions for Effective Collaboration on Digital Projects

Suggestions for Effective Collaboration on Digital Projects

Date: May 24, 2012
Creator: Tarver, Hannah & Moore, Jeremy D.
Description: Presentation on suggestions for effective collaboration on digital projects.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
Building Bridges: Collaborative partnerships between institutions of higher education and independent school districts

Building Bridges: Collaborative partnerships between institutions of higher education and independent school districts

Date: September 2004
Creator: Emmanuel, Donna T.
Description: Article discussing building collaborative partnerships between institutions of higher education and independent school districts.
Contributing Partner: UNT College of Music
Supporting Computer-Mediated Collaboration through User Customized Agents

Supporting Computer-Mediated Collaboration through User Customized Agents

Date: December 2001
Creator: Ducksworth, Letatia Bright
Description: This research investigated a neglected problem - interruption of groups by agent advisory systems. The question was whether interruption by the agent advisory system was beneficial. A survey of literature in four areas is included in this dissertation. The areas surveyed were Agents, Online Help, Computer Supported Cooperative Work(CSCW) and Awareness in CSCW. Based on the review, a human subject experiment was conducted. The study investigated whether the style of agent advisory interface improved the performance of group members. There were three sets of groups, a control set that did not have advisory agents, a set that had system provided advisory agents and a set that had group customized advisory agents. The groups worked together using a CSCW application developed with GroupKit, a CSCW toolkit. The groups with group customized advisory agents used an Agent Manager application to define advisory agents that would give them advice as they worked in the CSCW application. The findings showed that the type of advisory agents did not significantly influence the performance of the groups. The groups with customized agents performed slightly better than the other groups but the difference was not statistically significant. When notified that advice was issued, groups with customized agents ...
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
JAC Audio Interview: Mary Belenky

JAC Audio Interview: Mary Belenky

Date: 1990
Creator: Ashton-Jones, Evelyn; Thomas, Dene Kay & Belenky, Mary Field
Description: JAC interview with Mary Belenky discussing collaboration, composition, and women's ways of knowing in relation to writing, philosophy, and rhetoric.
Contributing Partner: UNT Libraries
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