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  • Sarah Morehouse – one of 3 librarians at ESC.Started doing Elluminate workshops to students at the Centers last winter/spring. This past fall, we started offering them to students in their homes instead.
  • With only 3 librarians, we need to get the maximum benefits for the most people with the minimum time investment, and online workshops allow us to do that. One librarian can give a workshop to theoretically hundreds of students (although with more than 50 we’d probably want somebody to help moderate questions!) Also, once the workshop is developed (outline, slides, activities, quizzes, handouts, plus rehearsed a bunch of times) it can be given again and again with only a quick refresher rehearsal as preparation.
  • The great thing about @Home workshops is that there’s practically no barriers for students. It’s in their home, at a time they’re likely to be available (usually Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 6:30 to 8.) If they’re not available then, we can put out a recording. It uses equipment almost all of our students have anyway. The only insurmountable obstacle would be if you still use dial-up – that’s not enough bandwidth. But DSL, cable modem, Fios, or even the LAN at work (if they let you) would be fine. If you don’t have speakers and a mic, you can use the phone bridge, which means you call a conference number. You can hear everyone; everyone can hear you. Also, there’s no software to install – it’s just Javascript, so if you’re not completely comfortable with computers, it’s not hard to set up and won’t mess up your computer’s settings.
  • The great thing about online distance learning – that you don’t have to be in the same time and location as the teacher and the rest of the students is also the hardest thing about online distance learning! Some people have trouble connecting with a text lecture on a screen, even if it has pictures. Even if it’s multimedia, even if it’s got interactive components, it’s just not the same as being there with other human beings, sharing an experience. Elluminate can’t put us in the same room together, but it’s the next best thing. It’s completely live – the teacher speaking, showing slides, doing things on the web for the students to see. The only thing missing is a live video feed, which is theoretically an option, but it’s too bandwidth intensive to implement at present. The students can all communicate with each other and with the teacher directly, via voice and chat. They can draw on the screen using whiteboard tools and the teacher can give them control of a browser window so they can show what they’re talking about.
  • We offer a regular schedule of workshops in the two big terms, and a more abbreviated schedule in the summer. The workshops we offer most frequently are the two basic ones, which we hope will eventually reach all ESC students. Those are Intro to Searching, which covers how to navigate the library, the kinds of services we offer, how to get help with research, how to find library resources, and the basics of using our databases and other search tools. And Citing Your Sources, which as it sounds like, covers the how and why of doing your footnotes and bibliography. Then we also offer the Spotlight Sessions. Last spring we did Intro to RefWorks, which is our online citation management service, Developing and Narrowing Your Research Topic, Using Full-text Journal Finder, and Advanced Search Skills, which picks up where Intro To Search Skills leaves off and takes students to a new level of searching their keywords using Boolean Operators and other tricks of the trade.
  • Information Literacy, which is what these workshops promote, is an academic core competency that’s vital to students learning to be independent and critical thinkers. It can reduce the kinds of anxiety and frustration that lead students to violate our academic integrity standards. By giving them the skills to find better, more scholarly, more relevant information resources, and to find them earlier in the research process, evaluate them, and cite them properly, it can improve the projects they create and their academic outcomes.
  • These skills are also crucial to everyday life. Citizens need to be able to evaluate information from the news and political campaigns. Consumers need to be able to find out what the best product is to purchase despite being inundated with advertisements. People need to make educated decisions about their health, finances, legal paperwork, and so forth. In our jobs we need to take responsibility for our continuing education at the same time that we promote the interests of our employers by doing environmental scanning and other kinds of research. Every one of us is in a variety of situations every day in which we need to find out a piece of information, and when we find our answer, we need to know whether we can trust it. That’s the kind of skills the library teaches.
  • See the two zipped folders that contain audio-video demonstrations of the Elluminate tool.
  • Attendance at each workshop so far has ranged between 1 and 30. We would like to raise those numbers significantly. We would like there to be so much demand that we have to have a back-up moderator and offer more workshops! Even though it’s more work for us, each student who attends a workshop is another self-sufficient student who will feel confident about doing research, know how to get the most out of the library, and get much more out of their education. So please let other faculty know about these workshops and share these slides and demos with them – they’re available online at the CDL Exhibition Space. And let your students know about them too, and give them incentives to attend the workshops.
  • We can’t guarantee that we’ll develop a workshop just because you ask for it. But if you and a bunch of your colleagues all start clamoring for a workshop on a certain topic, then it becomes more likely that we’ll grant your wish. It takes a long time to develop a workshop, but if we see that it will end up benefiting a huge swath of the college population, we’re more than happy to make time for it. For it to be a good candidate for an @Home Library Workshop, it should be more about general concepts than specific technical skills, and it should be a topic that is relevant to all areas of study.

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  • @Home Workshops
    Library and research webinars via Elluminate
  • Efficient
    3 librarians, ~18,000 students
    One librarian can reach hundreds of students at a time
    Once a workshop is developed, it can be given over and over again with minimal prep time
  • Convenient for students
    Weekday evenings
    Sign up online
    Handouts e-mailed to you
    Computer requirements
    Speakers and mic OR phone
    Broadband internet
    Internet Explorer or Firefox
    Nothing to download, just click the link
  • Interactive and personal
    Students can ask questions, make comments, and talk to each other at any time
    Activities and quizzes
    Students can see what the librarian-teacher is doing on the screen
    If needed, librarian stays to give one-on-one help after class
  • Workshop topics
    Multiple sessions every spring, summer, and fall term
    Intro To Searching
    Citing Your Sources
    Spotlight sessions in spring and fall
    Intro to RefWorks
    Using Full-text Journal Finder
    Advanced Search Skills
    Developing and Narrowing Your Topic
    more next fall!
  • Improves learning outcomes
    Encourages good habits
    Start early
    Be methodical
    Get help when needed
    Lowers anxiety
    Better sources
    Better citing
    Critical thinking
  • Life-long learning skills
    “Information literacy” = knowledge and knowhow of finding, thinking critically about, and effectively using information.
    Core academic competency
    Increasingly urgent need in daily life
    Knowledge economy employees
  • Here’s how it works
    Elluminate registration and setupElluminate registration and setup.htm
    Elluminate demoElluminate demo.htm
  • Spread the word!
    Encourage your students to attend
    Put workshop dates into the course or link to our registration page from the course schedule
    Let other faculty know
  • Have an idea for a workshop?
    Is it library-related?
    One of our search tools or services
    A research skill
    Will it be useful for a very broad cross-section of Empire State College students?
    Will it be useful in the long-term?
    Skill-centric rather than focused on fast-changing technology
    Suggest your topic at
  • Bonus material
    Course requests: YES WE STILL DO THEM!
    Resources to fill in textbook gaps
    Resources to support discussions, assignments
    Anything you can name specifically
    Support your students’ self-directed reading and research with instructions, tutorials
    Links to replace broken/out of date links
    “Supplemental” readings
    “Big projects” that are useful only to a narrow audience
  • Ask me questions!
    (518) 587-2100 ext. 2453