DPLAfest 2016 has ended
Taking place in the heart of Washington, DC, DPLAfest 2016 (April 14-15) will bring together hundreds from DPLA’s large and growing community for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. DPLAfest 2016 will appeal to anyone interested in libraries, technology, ebooks, education, creative reuse of cultural materials, law, open access, and genealogy/family research.

Area institutions serving as co-hosts include the National Archives and Records Administration, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution.

To view photographs, recordings, and social media from DPLAfest 2016, visit https://dp.la/info/get-involved/dplafest/april-2016/media/.
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Friday, April 15 • 2:00pm - 2:45pm
Using the DPLA for Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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This presentation focuses on user interaction with the DPLA in the context of academic use. It reports the findings of a user study conducted with university students and faculty. The purpose of the study was to examine user navigation and the potential of using the DPLA in the context of teaching and learning activities in higher education. Twenty one participants were recruited from a variety of social sciences and humanities programs and included two faculty members, six undergraduates, and 13 graduate students. The study was exploratory in nature and adopted a qualitative research strategy with direct observations and interviews. During observation sessions, the participants were presented with two pre-defined scenarios and were asked to search for images, maps, and sound recordings that they could potentially use in class projects and papers. The participants also had an option of conducting two additional searches on the topics related to their academic interests. The observation sessions were recorded with Camtasia software. Interviews were conducted after observation sessions to record participants’ reactions about the nature of their experience with the DPLA and to explore the potential of using the DPLA for teaching and learning activities.

Most study participants were new users of the DPLA. Four participants heard about the site, but only two had actually used it prior to the study. The majority of participants had a very positive experience searching the DPLA and found the site relevant to their academic needs. Most study participants were able to search the DPLA system effectively and took advantage of the format and subject refinements as well as the map visualization tool. A few students experienced difficulties navigating through the layers to locate digital objects provided by service hubs. The participants were impressed with the amount of aggregated resources and ability to search for a variety of objects from one portal. They liked the fact that resources were not only curated by libraries with readily available citation information, but also publicly available. There were some differences in the ways faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students would use the DPLA for their academic work. Faculty highlighted the abundance of images and other primary source that they could use in teaching. Graduate students commented on the potential of the DPLA for interdisciplinary research and ability to discover a wide range of digital libraries they were not aware of and would not think about searching. Undergraduate students viewed the DPLA as a good starting point for research and liked the exhibits as means of learning about the topic quickly and finding additional resources.

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Krystyna Matusiak

Associate Professor, University of Denver
Krystyna K. Matusiak has been working as an Assistant Professor in the Library & Information Science Program (LIS) at the Morgridge College of Education since September 2011. She earned her MLIS and PhD from University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Prior to accepting her position at the... Read More →

Friday April 15, 2016 2:00pm - 2:45pm EDT
National Archives and Records Administration: Jefferson Room Constitution Avenue between 7th and 9th Streets, NW, Washington, DC