Friday, May 25, 2007

10th Week and Finals Fast Approaching!

Here we are, nearly to the end of the term. As you finish up your EOU class assignments and projects, remember that research help from Pierce Library is a mouse click away!

Fill out the easy-to-use Answerland email web form, and expect to hear from us in one to two business days.

Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Full-Text Distance Education Journals

Do you know that there are full-text distance education journals available to you from the Pierce Library web site? If you want to spend some quality down-time reading about topics of interest to you as a distance learner, link to Full Text Journal by Title (beneath Find Journal/Newspaper Articles) on the library web site. Enter 'distance education' in the search box to find a number of journals, including the Journal of Distance Education.

Full text journals are a good place to start when you're looking for articles for assignments, too! If you want to learn more about using the list, look for the About This Site tab at the top of the search page after you link to it.

Happy searching!

Tuesday, May 8, 2007

Absence as Opportunity

First, thanks to all who responded to the library survey (and a chance to win an ipod)! We appreciate your participation.

Second, when you think about your distance education, do you feel good, bad, positive, or negative about it?
If you would like to read about how a group of distance learners feel, an abstract for an article follows that resulted from a search of the Pierce Library EBSCO Education Search database; find it in the alphabetical list of databases available from the library home page and access it using your library barcode and PIN numbers. Search on the subjects Distance Education and Learning if you would like to find more like it:

Absence as opportunity: learning outside the institutional space and time. By: Raddon, Arwen. Journal of Further & Higher Education, May2006, Vol. 30 Issue 2, p157-167, 11p, 2 charts Abstract: The apparent absence of learners from the spaces and times of the institution is usually seen as a negative element of distance learning, positioning distance learners as other to the ‘norm’ of the present, on‐campus, traditional student. This paper explores the narratives of a group of distance learners, highlighting that these learners primarily see being outside the spaces and times of the university as an opportunity. Rather than creating a sense of otherness, it is regarded as giving a sense of control, allowing space and time in which to take up their studies alongside demanding jobs and caring roles. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]; DOI: 10.1080/03098770600617596; (AN 20640762)
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If you would like to start a discussion with other EOU distance students, feel free to comment!