Variations2 Indiana University Digital Music Library Project

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    Music Instruction/
    Music Theory Instruction  
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This project will study how students, faculty, and library patrons use digital music resources--and learn how technology can be used or adapted to help this process.




  • Mark Notess. Understanding and Representing Learning Activity to Support Design: A Contextual Design Example. Presented at the Association for Educational Communications and Technology annual conference, Orlando, Florida, October 18-22, 2005.
  • Mark Notess. Using Contextual Design for Digital Library Field Studies. Presented ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries workshop, "Studying Digital Library Users In the Wild: Theories, Methods, and Analytical Approaches", Denver, CO, June 10-11, 2005
  • Mark Notess. "Contextual Design of Online Learning Technologies". In Encyclopedia of Distance Learning, Caroline Howard, et al., eds. Hershey, PA. Idea Group Reference, 2005, pp. 400-407.
  • Jenn Riley. Variations2. Presented at Women in Computing Technical Hour. Bloomington, Indiana, February 15, 2005.
  • Mark Notess and Eli Blevis. Integrating Human-Centered Design Methods from Different Disciplines: Contextual Design and PRInCiPleS. Refereed paper presented at FUTUREGROUND 2004. Melbourne, Australia, November 17-21, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Can Course Management Systems Embrace Discipline-Specific Media and Learning Tools? A Case Study of Music. Presented at IS-SOTL 2004: International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Inaugural Conference. Bloomington, Indiana, October 21-24, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Variations2 Overview and Demonstration. Invited presentation at the British Library and JISC Online Audio Evaluation
    Workshop. London, England, October 11, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Variations2: Moving Beyond Access to Pedagogy.Presented as part of the IU Digital Library Program Brownbag Series. September 24, 2004.
  • Mark Notess, Jenn Riley, and Harriette Hemmasi. From Abstract to Virtual Entities: Implementation of Work-Based Searching in a Multimedia Digital Library. ECDL 2004. Bath, UK, September 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Variations2: Teaching and Learning Music Online. Invited online presentation for the ArtsSites group at August 11, 2004.
  • Mark Notess and Margaret Swan. Timeliner: Building a Learning Tool into a Digital Music Library. EDMEDIA 2004.
  • Mark Notess and Jon Dunn.Variations2: Improving Music Findability in a Digital Library Through Work-Centric Metadata. JCDL 2004. Tuscon, Arizona. June 7-10, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Studying Digital Library Use. IU Digital Library Program Brownbag Series. April 30, 2004.
  • Margaret Swan and Mark Notess. Variations2 Help: Moving Help Closer to Users. Position paper presented at CHI 2004 workshop, Helping Users Use Help. Vienna, Austria, April 24-29, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Variations2 demonstration at the Eastman School of Music. Rochester, New York, March 17, 2004.
  • Mark Notess. Discipline-Specific Online Learning Tools for Humanities Students: Exploring the Tool Gap. IU Instructional Systems Technology Annual Conference. Bloomington, Indiana, April 2, 2004.
  • Mark Notess (2004). "Three looks at users: a comparison of methods for studying digital library use". In Information Research, 9(3). (HTML)

  • Mark Notess. "Applying Contextual Design to Educational Software Development". In Instructional Design in the Real World: A View from the Trenches, Anne-Marie Armstrong, ed. Idea Group Publishers, 2004. (PDF)

  • Mark Notess. Three Looks at Users:  A Comparison of Methods for Studying Digital Library Use. Toward a User-Centered Approach to Digital Libraries, Espoo, Finland, September 8-9, 2003.
  • Mark Notess and Margaret B. Swan. Predicting User Satisfaction from Subject Satisfaction. CHI 2003 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, April 5-10, 2003.
  • Mark Notess and Natalia Minibayeva. Variations2: Towards Visual Interfaces for Digital Libraries. Second International Workshop on Visual Interfaces to Digital Libraries, ACM/IEEE-CS Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, Portland, OR, July 18, 2002.
  • Andrew Dillon. "Technologies of Information: HCI and the Digital Library." In Carroll, J. (ed.) Human-Computer Interaction in the New Millennium, Addison-Wesley, 2001. (PDF)