The Integration Design of e-Resources Management System (EMS) within an e- Learning Environment

By Rana Ahmed S. Abuzaid.

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E-resources have become virtually ubiquitous in library collections, and libraries provide students with information in addition to the formal course content. However, interaction between learners and e-resources suffers from many limitations in developing countries, including a lack of sufficient infrastructure, 24/7 Internet accessibility, availability, variety, and cultural barriers. This study proposes an integration design of e-resources management system (EMS) among stakeholders’ students, teachers, and librarians in an E-Learning environment. The main objective of the study is, first to propose a ICT-based framework that defines scenarios, roles, and learning cycles that support interactions within E-Learning environments. Successful scenarios call for collaborative work among teachers and librarians to fulfill student needs with less time and effort and to have better academic achievement. The framework identifies possible monitoring activities that can be utilized for the educational assessment of learners based on their active participation in the integrated E-Learning environment. Secondly, the study aims to investigate the impact of using this integrated environment on student performance and satisfaction. This study uses a survey-based methodology, and it was carried out at Al-Bayan Model Girls’ Secondary School, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia during the 2007-2008 academic year. The main findings are that 96.6% of the students got “A” the full grade in their coursework, 86.2% of the students agreed that EMS supported the E-Learning environment, and 82.7% of the students agreed that EMS was user friendly. Therefore, the integration design within E-Learning environment acts as “proof-of-concept” by having most of the students’ receive a full grade and having them satisfied using it. These findings suggest that this integration design may be used in different scenarios in varied contexts in other developing countries.

Keywords: Integration Design, E-resources Management System, E-Learning Environment, Information System Architecture

Design Principles and Practices: An International Journal, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp.259-272. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 3.058MB).

Rana Ahmed S. Abuzaid

Research Scholar, School of Library and Information Studies., University of Malaya, Madison, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Rana A. Abuzaid is a Ph.D. student at University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. She received a Master in Information Technology from the University of Malaya 2004, and Master of Art in Library and Information Sciences from King Abdul Aziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia 2007. She is a Research Scholar at the School of Library Information Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her primary research is in the area of Training and Developing Librarians for the information technology era. Her research interest is in the area of Information systems, E-Library, E-Learning, Computer Supported Collaborative work, Knowledge Management, and Information Literacy. She worked at Al-Bayan Model Girl’s School- Jeddah as Social Worker for 5-9 Grades 1996-2002, and was the Head of Educational Developing Department 2004-2007. She had presented papers in International Conferences, Malaysia 2006 ,and 2008, Brunei 2007, Singapore 2007, and 2008, Taiwan 2007, UK 2009. She had award of best paper in ICT Field at the 3rd Saudi International Conference 2009,University of Surrey, Guilford, United Kingdom, 5-6 June, 2009. She is a member of American Library Association for (lifetime) since 2008, Association of Library and Information Science Education (ALISE), 2008-2009, International Association of School Librarianship (IASL) since 2007, and Educational School Committee, Jeddah since 2004.

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