I agree whole-heartedly about WebDewey! I'm in the same "predicament" - only
WebDewey for my online courses. I think I will scan parts of the printed
schedules and try to work out something different for next semester. For the
past few semesters I've assigned the treasure hunt assignments, much like
you've described, and the students seem to like them fine, but I wonder how
much these exercises really do in terms of their learning DDC.
Electronic Resources Cataloger at
Princeton University and
On Nov 29, 2007 3:08 PM, Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala <[log in to unmask]>
> >And, to tell you the truth, I don't think WebDewey is manageable at
> >ALL, so I cringe when I get there (although I love teaching it in
> >the abstract). But maybe you have found a good way to teach it?
> Well, for us online it's WebDewey or nothing.
> When we meet in person I give out the DDC 10/100/1000 outline on
> paper. We also have the amazing advantage of a huge research library
> classified in DDC, so they see it in person before they deal with the
> scheme later in the semester.
> To learn WebDewey (and DDC):
> They do a "scavenger hunt" where they chase down numbers via WebDewey
> hierarchies. (I put a note in the WebDewey item saying "You found
> They deconstruct ridiculously long numbers, which is also a scavenger
> hunt for adding instructions and standard subdivision tables.
> Once students become wary of what I call "built number traps" (don't
> click on it!!!!!! It's a trap!!!!), they can start seeing the adding
> instructions better. And they work in groups, which I divide up as
> well as I can by distributing students with a better grasp of
> cataloging to help those who don't. And they're free to scout out a
> paper copy if they prefer.
> WebDewey is "dew"-able, but its balky design makes it unnecessarily
> Cheryl Boettcher Tarsala
> Adjunct Assistant Professor
> LEEP Program, Graduate School of Library and Information Science
> University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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