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87% students feel online libraries and databases have had significant impact on learning

According to a survey released last week by Cengage Learning, 87% of students feel that online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning. The survey, entitled “Instructors and Students: Technology Use, Engagement and Learning Outcomes” conducted by Eduventures, identifies a new generation of students and highlights pressures and obstacles hindering student success. The survey was administered to 751 students and 201 instructors across the United States in December 2010. This is the second Cengage Learning/Eduventures survey designed to uncover how educational technology impacts overall student engagement and learning outcomes.  Some additional library, database and ebook/ereader results are below.

What type of impact have the following technologies had on your overall learning?

  • 87% of students believe online libraries and databases have had the most significant impact on their overall learning.
  • 62% identify blogs, wikis, and other online authoring tools while 59% identify YouTube and recorded lectures.
  • E-books and e-textbooks impact overall learning among 50% of students surveyed, while 42% of students identify online portals. Continue reading

Gale’s ECCO and 18thConnect Partner to Improve Access

From a Gale/Cengage Learning Press Release:

Gale, part of Cengage Learning, and 18thConnect, a scholarly organization dedicated to forging links between eighteenth-century archives and today’s digital research environment, today announced a partnership to share scholarly content and improve the searchability of documents within Gale’s Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) archive.

Gale’s ECCO archive, one of the largest academic research collections of its kind, contains more than 180,000 key English and foreign language titles published primarily in the United Kingdom. Despite Gale’s use of the best in Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology, eighteenth-century typefaces can still be challenging to capture with perfect accuracy, which may impact results when searching or data-mining. Continue reading