DES PLAINES, ILLINOIS, Apr. 29, 2004: Endeavor Information Systems announced today the preliminary results of a pioneering and inventive Endeavor E-Learning Discussion Forum held earlier this month at the company's Chicago-area headquarters. Gathering librarians and technical staff representing five institutions from four countries, the Endeavor E-Learning Forum was a productive discussion and debate of the library's role in e-learning.
Bringing together library and systems professionals who also actively pursue technology for their institutions, Endeavor invited representatives from institutions that are strategic in their thinking and have a domain expertise in the area of e-learning, including:
- Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia
- Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN, United States
- Seneca College of Applied Arts & Technology, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
- Tilburg University, Tilburg, The Netherlands
- University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, United States
Moderated by Neil McLean, Director, IMS Global Learning Consortium (IMS) Australia, the E-Learning Discussion Forum was a robust discussion of e-learning and the library's role in e-learning initiatives. The visionary group covered topics including the organizational and technical infrastructure viewpoints needed to position the library as a key leader in an institution's e-learning objectives.
Discussion spanned several avenues, suggesting the best future directions for promoting the library as the campus leader for organizing information into learning management system repositories. Distance education, whether across campus or across the province or country, was valued as a cornerstone to build on with current library work to provide resources to distance learners.
“E-learning environments provide new opportunities for libraries to consider the functional dimensions of how users interact with content. Seamless integration of library resources and services into e-learning is a strategic step in creating the infrastructure for successful service convergence,” said Cheryl Kern-Simirenko, Associate Dean and Director of Public Services and Collections for Purdue University Libraries.
"It is essential that libraries actively engage in the debate over the development of e-learning services and technical infrastructure," said McLean. "Endeavor Information Systems and their user community are to be commended on these latest initiatives. They are well positioned to play a key role in defining the service interactions and systems interfaces required to provide access to information resources as part of real time learning activities."
Complete findings of the Endeavor E-Learning Discussion Forum will be published by Endeavor in a white paper set for distribution to libraries later this year.
This inaugural E-Learning Discussion Forum is a continuing step for Endeavor and academic libraries to build successful strategies for e-learning and library system interaction. For two years, Endeavor has partnered with libraries and learning management systems vendors to create relevant software solutions for intelligent integration of these vital resource and access systems. In June 2002 Endeavor revealed plans for integration between the Blackboard® Learning System Enterprise Edition 6.0 and the ENCompass system for managing, searching and linking collections and in January 2003, Endeavor announced work to integrate the WebCT™ Vista™ academic enterprise system and ENCompass with the assistance of development partner Purdue University.
“Endeavor Information Systems strives to be a leader instrumental in creating new solutions that define the path and direction of library software development. We recognize the increasing demands of user communities and the widespread need to integrate current and existing library technologies into the e-learning environment,” said Roland Dietz, Endeavor President and CEO. “Only through a combination of library business acumen, current recognition of user satisfaction needs and a solid technology strategy can the future of the library's resources be determined.”
For more information on Endeavor's current software solution for e-learning integration, visit http://encompass.endinfosys.com/pdf/CourseContentIntegrator.pdf to read about the ENCompass Course Content Integrator.
About Endeavor Information Systems
Endeavor Information Systems, based in Des Plaines, IL, was founded in September of 1994. A wholly owned subsidiary of Elsevier, Endeavor offers a complete line of library solutions for traditional and digital collections. Visit Endeavor at www.endinfosys.com for more information about Voyager, ENCompass, or LinkFinderPlus.