2003 UNC Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference
March 2729, Greensboro, NC

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The iLumina Digital Library: An Educational Resource

Heath, Barbara         (910) 962-7285
      Assistant Research Professor
      UNC Wilmington

Abstract (up to 200 words):
This presentation will describe the history, development, and functionality of the iLumina Digital Library. iLumina is a digital library of sharable undergraduate teaching materials for chemistry, biology, physics, mathematics, and computer science. A NSF Digital Library Initiative – Phase 2 grant funded the project. Project goals focused on building a functioning library that would be used as a testbed to address important research issues related to the evolution and use of digital libraries. The library is designed to quickly and accurately connect users with digital educational resources. These resources range in type from highly granular objects such as individual images and video clips to entire courses. Resources in iLumina are cataloged with IMS-compliant metadata, which captures both technical and education-specific information about each resource. An advanced search engine, a quick search feature, and a browse utility provide multiple methods for accessing resources in the library. Any registered user can make contributions to the iLumina digital library. Contributed resources can either be stored on iLumina servers or accessed through links to remote sites. Contributions undergo a peer review where they are checked for the accuracy and completeness of their metadata, the accuracy of their scientific and mathematical content, and to ensure that they are technically sound.

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Session type:
Poster session (all day, 45 minutes interactive)

Time slots:
P2 - Fr 2:45 - 3:30


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