Is or has anyone used Koha to teach cataloging? If so, would you mind sharing how you did it?
I finally got the company to respond. David Bavousett set up 5 "instances" and 5 "staff clients", complete with bibliographic records. That would be great for staff training, but I'm having trouble seeing how I would use this in a cataloging course. Obviously, I don't need or want bibliographic records. I want the students to create and add records, not search for them. I've asked for help and tried using the documentation, but can't find anything on using it in teaching.
I can see how students can add records to the databases, but what I can't figure out is how I would find the records they created to grade them. Even more importantly, with only 5 bibliographic databases, either the students will all be cataloging different items (which would make grading oh so much fun), or I'll have to divide them into 5 groups, with students in each group cataloging different items. That means I'd have between 1 and 6 different items per group. I'm assuming that the system won't allow duplicate records in a single database; if it did, it would be too much to expect students not to "just take a peek at how superstudent did it."
I'm probably missing something extemely elementary. Can anyone help?
Suzanne M. Stauffer, Ph.D.
School of Library and Information Science
Louisiana State University
275 Coates Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
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