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Students' Criteria for Course Selection: Towards a Metadata Standard for Distributed Higher Education

Description: By 2007, one half of higher education students are expected to enroll in distributed learning courses. Higher education institutions need to attract students searching the Internet for courses and need to provide students with enough information to select courses. Internet resource discovery tools are readily available, however, users have difficulty selecting relevant resources. In part this is due to the lack of a standard for representation of Internet resources. An emerging solution is metadata. In the educational domain, the IEEE Learning Technology Standards Committee (LTSC) has specified a Learning Object Metadata (LOM) standard. This exploratory study (a) determined criteria students think are important for selecting higher education courses, (b) discovered relationships between these criteria and students' demographic characteristics, educational status, and Internet experience, and (c) evaluated these criteria vis-à-vis the IEEE LTSC LOM standard. Web-based questionnaires (N=209) measured (a) the criteria students think are important in the selection of higher education courses and (b) three factors that might influence students' selections. Respondents were principally female (66%), employed full time (57%), and located in the U.S. (89%). The chi square goodness-of-fit test determined 40 criteria students think are important and exploratory factor analysis determined five common factors among the top 21 criteria, three evaluative factors and two descriptive. Results indicated evaluation criteria are very important in course selection. Spearman correlation coefficients and chi-square tests of independence determined the relationships between the importance of selection criteria and demographic characteristics, educational status, and Internet experience. Four profiles emerged representing groups of students with unique concerns. Side by side analysis determined if the IEEE LTSC LOM standard included the criteria of importance to students. The IEEE LOM by itself is not enough to meet students course selection needs. Recommendations include development of a metadata standard for course evaluation and accommodation of group differences in ...
Date: August 2000
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Denton County Genealogical Society: Initial Usability Test Results, August 2008

Description: This report presents the findings of usability tests given as part of the IOGENE project. During March and April of 2008, members of the Denton County Genealogical Society participated in usability testing of the existing interface to the Portal. The purpose of the testing was to identify ways in which The Portal to Texas History could be improved to better address genealogists' needs. This report tells the findings from those tests. These findings in conjunction with the findings from focus group discussions held in the spring of 2008 will inform the initial redesign of the Portal's interface.
Date: August 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Quality Assurance Tests: Release 1 Summary Test Results, June 2009

Description: This report contains summaries of the results of two tests given as part of the IOGENE project. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process of the redesigned Portal interface. The first test in this report was conducted from April 6 through April 9, 2009. The second test in this report was conducted from June 1 - June 4, 2009.
Date: June 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Assessment Path Final Report

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. This report describes the major assessment activities, their contributions to the project, and key findings. The assessment work areas included needs assessment, collection planning, and WAS evaluation.
Date: December 27, 2007
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Focus Group Report: ALA, Chicago, June, 2005

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. This report includes the following three sections: (a) the methodology used to conduct the focus groups and analyze the data, (b) the detailed results of the analysis organized into phases of the collection development process, and (c) a discussion of the key findings.
Date: February 14, 2005
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

The Portal to Texas History

Description: This presentation presents information about The Portal to Texas History, a digital gateway to cultural heritage collections in Texas. This presentation discusses the IOGENE project, the research processes involved in developing The Portal to Texas History, the research with genealogists, and shows illustrations of the contents of The Portal to Texas History.
Date: October 24, 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Evaluation of Project Outcome: User Satisfaction Report, February 2010

Description: This report presents information about the IOGENE project. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This document reports information about the survey questionnaire, the respondents, the research findings, and includes the positive overall outcome regarding user satisfaction with the work conducted in this project.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Usability Tests: Summary Report, February 2010

Description: This is a summary report of the findings of usability tests. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History and to redesign the interface to the Portal to meet those requirements.
Date: February 2010
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Portal to Texas History: Baseline Survey Results, June 2009

Description: This report discusses the questionnaire for the IOGENE Project. From September 26, 2008 through June 26, 2009, an online survey questionnaire captured both demographic data from Portal visitors as well as their opinions regarding the utility of the Portal and their satisfaction with it. The objective of this data collection effort was twofold: to characterize Portal users and to establish baseline measurements for user satisfaction. The survey will be repeated following each of two planned releases of the redesigned Portal, one in the summer of 2009 and the second in the fall of 2009. Comparison of future survey results to the baseline results reported in this paper will be one gauge of the success of the IOGENE project.
Date: June 29, 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Functional Requirements for The Portal to Texas History, July 2008

Description: This report includes the results of an initial assessment of genealogists' requirements for the redesign of the Portal's interface. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the libraries' Portal to Texas History. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 24, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Content Producer Interview Questionnaire

Description: This document is an interview, questionnaire for the Web-at-Risk project. The purpose of this interview is to explore the issues information publishers or content producers have regarding web archives. The purpose of this discussion is to elicit the needs and thoughts of the users regarding web archives of materials created by a third party, such as a universal library.
Date: May 31, 2005
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Content Provider Interviews: Summary Report

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. This report summarizes the results of the interviews with content providers. Section 2 identifies the interview methodology. Section 3 describes the results and Section 4 discusses the major findings.
Date: April 10, 2006
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Needs Assessment Toolkit: Guidelines and Data Collection Tools

Description: This report is part of the Web-at-Risk project. The Web-at-Risk project is one of eight digital preservation projects funded in 2004 by the Library of Congress. Each of the projects represents a collaborative effort to preserve for future generations born-digital or digitized cultural heritage materials and collections. The Web-at-Risk project is a 3-year collaborative effort of the California Digital Library, the University of North Texas (UNT), and New York University. The project will develop a Web Archiving Service that enables curators to build collections of web-published materials. The content will be collected largely from US federal and state government agencies, but will also include political policy documents, campaign literature, and information surrounding political movements. The project work will be conducted along four paths of overlapping activities. The Web-at-Risk Project work paths include (1) Content identification, selection, and acquisition; (2) Content harvest and analysis; (3) Content ingest, retention, and transfer; and (4) Partnership building.
Date: May 31, 2005
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Dallas Genealogical Society: Focus Group 1 Discussion, July 2008

Description: This is a report of the findings from the March 16, 2008 focus group discussion with members of the Dallas Genealogical Society. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas history. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Dallas Genealogical Society: Focus Group 2 Discussion, July 2008

Description: This report presents findings from the March 30, 2008 focus group discussion with members of the Dallas Genealogical Society. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas history. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface.
Date: July 23, 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Quality Assurance Tests: Release 2 Summary Test Results, October 2009

Description: This report discusses the key findings of the quality assurance testing conducted by the University of North Texas (UNT) Libraries. These tests are part of a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. This report discusses tests conducted by 22 members of the ITS and DPU staff between September 28 through October 1, 2009.
Date: October 2009
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Optimizing the User Experience in a Rapid Development Framework: Collin County Genealogical Society: Focus Group Discussion, July 2008

Description: This report provides information about the IOGENE project. The UNT Libraries received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services in December 2007 for a two-year project to identify the user interface requirements of genealogists interacting with the Libraries' Portal to Texas History. The Portal provides users with a digital gateway to collections in Texas libraries, museums, archives, and historical societies, as well as to private collections. It contains primary source materials, including maps, books, manuscripts, diaries, photographs, and letters. The IOGENE project involves genealogists in the design process beginning with the initial assessment of their requirements and continuing through usability testing of the redesigned Portal interface. The results of this study will provide the library community with information about the needs and interface requirements of a little-studied group of lifelong learners who comprise a significant proportion of digital library users.
Date: July 2008
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

Needs Assessment Toolkit

Description: This presentation discusses the needs assessment toolkit created for the Web-at-Risk project. This presentation outlines the details related to the web archive development process and the activities related to the needs assessment.
Date: May 2005
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries

WAS Release 4 - Usability Test Results

Description: This report discusses the usability test results for the Web-at-Risk project at the University of North Texas (UNT). Usability testing of the Web Archiving Service (WAS) Release 4 was conducted on May 29, 2007. Eight of the project's curators participated in test sessions, which generally were completed in 45-60 minutes. Two testing teams, each consisting of a facilitator and two observers were involved in testing.
Date: June 26, 2007
Creator: Murray, Kathleen R.
Partner: UNT Libraries