Web-based information science education: Leveraging the power of the network to re-define the global classroom

Kathleen Schisa, Anne McKinney, Debbie Faires, Bruce Kingma, Rae Anne Montague, Linda C Smith, Marianne Sterna

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Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) is a collaborative distance education model that increases the quality, access and diversity of online education opportunities. The WISE Consortium is a group of graduate Library and Information Science (LIS) programs founded on three pillars: quality, pedagogy, and collaborations (Montague & Pluzhenskaia, 2007). This chapter outlines the approach to achieving these three pillars and the assessment mechanisms used to measure the consortium's success. Highlights include WISE Pedagogy, the administrative division of WISE dedicated to providing faculty development resources for online education, and WISE+, an initiative that supports partnerships enabling WISE schools and LIS associations to develop courses together suitable for graduate credit and continuing education. While the WISE consortium is specific to LIS education, the model could be applied more broadly to other disciplines.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationHigher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Models and Practices
EditorsMelody A Bowdon, Russell G Carpenter
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages18
ISBN (Print)9781609606237
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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Schisa, K., McKinney, A., Faires, D., Kingma, B., Montague, R. A., Smith, L. C., & Sterna, M. (2011). Web-based information science education: Leveraging the power of the network to re-define the global classroom. In M. A. Bowdon, & R. G. Carpenter (Eds.), Higher Education, Emerging Technologies, and Community Partnerships: Concepts, Models and Practices (pp. 164-181). IGI Global. https://doi.org/10.4018/978-1-60960-623-7.ch015