About JiTTDL

One mark of a library, regardless of whether it is of the traditional kind or digital form, is that the materials that it includes are organized in terms of an intellectually cohesive and structured 'space' ... if the history of the West has any lesson it is that information organization needs an intellectual framework (knowledge structure) to achieve its greatest impact in a given cultural context.      (Miksa)

JiTTDL is a library in the sense of the above quote. The items in the collection will exhibit a variety of forms. JiTT practitioners have developed and collected traditional teaching resources such as probing questions, images, and simulations. They have also collected and developed items such as student responses to pre-class WarmUp questions, follow-up classroom activities, assessment tools and relationships between these items. Related to the pedagogical items are more general entities such as characteristic properties of students with special needs and student learning styles. During this rapid growth period people find it very difficult to search for and retrieve information based on the characteristics of the student body. Very often the only way is word of mouth.
To organize this material in such a way that the important features of the collection mentioned above are highlighted, we tried to develop an "intellectually structured space." The challenge we pose ourselves is to create a framework that allows for "flexibility to use the library in ways that were not envisaged by its creators."

JiTTDL is intended to help a member of the Just-in-Time Teaching community with the following implementation tasks:

For faculty new to the JiTT community the library will offer additional support. We provide hosting on the library servers for their first JiTT year. Thus the new JiTT user would be able to focus exclusively on the JiTT pedagogy and let JiTTDL handle the technical details including authoring, posting and retrieving of the web materials.
©JiTTDL 2003 - 2007
supported by NSF DUE-0333646
last updated November 2, 2007
please direct comments to:gnovak@iupui.edu