Real time with the librarian: Using web conferencing software to connect to distance students

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A pilot program to provide real-time library webcasts to Regis University distance students using Adobe Connect software was initiated in fall of 2011. Previously, most interaction between librarians and online students had been accomplished by asynchronous discussion threads in the Learning Management System. Library webcasts were offered in targeted courses in addition to asynchronous interaction through discussion forums. Students had the option to attend the live webcast or view a recording of it later. Students were surveyed about their webcast experience and results indicated that despite experiencing occasional technical difficulties, they found the library webcasts helpful and relevant to their research assignments. Encouraged by the feedback from students, the authors are looking to expand the use of library webcasts into other aspects of their work serving distance students. © 2013, Taylor & Francis Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

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