publication . Article . 2015

The Information Seeking Behaviour of Distance Learners: A Case Study of the University of London International Programmes

Sandra Tury; Lyn Robinson; David Bawden;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2015
  • Country: United Kingdom
An examination of the information behaviour of distance learning students is described, based on a case study of the International Programmes of the University of London. A comprehensive literature analysis, and comparison of relevant information behaviour models were carried out, supported by a survey of student behaviour. Following a pilot study, the main survey gained responses from 649 students, in 81 countries and following diverse study programmes. A variety of inter-related factors were found to influence information behaviour, level and subject of study being most significant. Ease and speed of access, and familiarity of sources were predominant factors....
free text keywords: Z665, Pedagogy, Information behaviour, Distance education, Library science, Information seeking, Computer science, Digital library, Mathematics education
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