We are asked to look for online databases subscribed by PTSL for our 4th posting. And specifically article about CALL, Bridging Digital Divide, Women and ICT plus E-Learning from EBSCOHost and LISA.
EBSCOhost and LISA are both online databased that are subscribed by PTSL.
It is stated in EBSCOhost's homepage, that EBSCOhost databases are the most-used, premium online information resources for tens of ten thousand of instituition worldwide, representing millions of end-users. Besides references databases, EBSCO also providessubscription management, online journals, books, linking services and A-Z solutions.
LISA is the acronym of Library and Information Science Abstracts. It provides references for current awareness in information sciences. According to the University of Pittsburgh's Digital Library, LISA includes abstracting and indexing of 500 periodicals (dating from 1969) from over 60 countries along with unpublished academic and institutional research from the Current Research in Library and Information Science Database (since 1981).
Among the four topics given by our lecturer, I choose to find article about E-learning. Both article that I have found are from EBSCOhost. They are "E-Learning Programs in Higher Education" by Marie Gould, and, a research paper entitled ''Evidence-based practice and E-learning in Higher Education: can we or should we?" by Martin Oliver and Grainne Conole.
"E-Learning Programs in Higher Education" focus on E-learning industry, which is part of our everyday life. Higher education especially need to keep pace with the technologies, because this is essential for them. Technologies like E-learning not only help them in thier years of study, but also in their future. Nowadays, companies also used E-learning as they facilitate the learning experience in a knowledge-based economy. E-learning includes distance education, computer-based training, web-based training, Internet-based training, courseware delivery and online learning and testing. For example, by getting involved in distance learning, students can complete their work at their own desire speed. This kind of learning process also prevent students from pace pressures.
In "Evidence-based practice and E-learning in Higher Education: can we or should we?", there is a section where authors discuss about implications for E-learning. They mentioned it has been argued before, that Higher Education focus on technique at the expense of studying motive or values. But, this is seen as something to be criticised and challenged.
Here are some of my personal thoughts regarding the articles above that I've read. I am thankful that there is such program like E-learning offering in Higher Education institute. I feel that there is a need for all of us to be involved in it. Through E-learning, we can learn more things. Most importantly it is not restricted in a classroom with four walls. Futhermore, not only students, but teachers and lecturers as well will enjoy the process of learning. I believe through enjoying a learning process is a start of having interest in the things that we learn. When we come to the question "can we or should we?", I would say you'll never know unless you try it, so we can, just that it is up to us to take a try or not. E-Learning might be a new thing to us, but we must at least explore it before we judge whether is a good or bad method of learning something.
In summary, I'm still adapting to E-learning, but I think E-learning is a necessary thing for students especially in tertiary level. =)