Digital library in principle and practice - Università degli Studi di Parma



Important information

  • Course
  • Online
  • Duration:
    4 Weeks

Digital libraries are learning spaces which serve social and intellectual roles in bringing together people and ideas. New teaching and learning methods which are more “student centered” are forcing a new focus on digital libraries. This MOOC is designed to introduce how digital libraries are important for learning. What is the role of a digital library when users can obtain digital resources from any Internet site? And what does this role change mean for the creation and design of a digital library space?

There are many typologies of digital libraries but seems to be a general agreement that they can play three roles in education:
as a resource for teaching (i.e. for curriculum development)
as an environment for learning (i.e. enhancing student experience)
as an authoring space (i.e.again, in support of student experience).

The course is designed to be comprehensive but fundamental. By comprehensive we mean that the course illustrates all the components of a digital library but fundamentally, in a basic way. The course also provides a hands-on opportunity for learners to create their own digital library.

Important information
What are the course objectives?

The course aims to provide participants with the skills and competencies to explore the rapidly evolving world of digital libraries and be able to explore, read, remix and share digital resources and tools available.

The participant at the completion of the MOOC will:

understand how digital libraries can work for improving learning and teaching;?
have advanced knowledge on how to access, remix, share a digital library for learning;?
be able to create, manage and evaluate a digital library for improving learning.?


Where and when

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What you'll learn on the course

Digital Library

Course programme

The MOOC will describe many digital libraries which have been originally developed for facilitating knowledge sharing and creation and make available digital library learning spaces. Over the MOOC we will cover the following topics:

  • What is a digital library?

Introduces you to the basics of the digital library. You will learn how to identify the fundamental elements of a digital library and review examples taken from international and national projects.

  • How can you use a digital library for learning?

Topic 2 focuses on access and re-use of digital library as you learn the steps in accessing and remixing a digital resource from a digital library. By the end of this topic, you will begin to understand the important steps and elements of using a digital library for learning. You will also learn to recognize the importance of selecting appropriate resources (images, texts, audio, video, etc.)  and the value of creating a digital library for your course.

  • How can you create a digital library?

A step-by-step approach will be used to illustrate how digital libraries can be used to support your teaching as a part of creating a course digital library. By the end of this topic you will be able to plan your digital library supporting a interesting and innovative way of teaching.

  • Associating resources and tools to evidenced learning needs

In topic 4, you will revise the final version of your digital library plan, publish it online and discuss with the course participants how it might be used in the classroom to support teaching and learning.