I don't think you're missing anything.  I think you have a lot of
valid arguments/concerns listed below.  I am not a cataloging
instructor, but I am a Koha trainer and the author of the
documentation :)  I also pushed the Koha w/ Class movement because I
went to library school and learned to catalog using Excel!!!

Some ideas.

#1 - Have your students put a 500 note with their name in their
records - or pick a 9xx field for that so that you can see who did
#2 - Have your students catalog their records and then export them to
send to you to review (instead of you searching through 5 different
#3 - Disable the Z30.50 targets so that students aren't searching for
records to copy :)
#4 - The system will allow duplicate records!! It will warn before
saving a duplicate (based on ISBN) but it will allow you to save the
record as a new one anyway (which is where the notes come in)
#5 - Give each student their own log in and run a report to pull
records that they cataloged (if you don't want to do the notes field)

All that said, there is no way to stop students from seeing what the
other students are doing :(

Another option is to look at which would prevent students
from seeing each other's work - but wouldn't allow you to control
whether they use the Z39.50 targets or not.

Does that help??


Nicole C. Engard
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On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 8:04 AM, Suzanne Stauffer<[log in to unmask]> wrote:
> 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.
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