2011Embedded Libraians and Faculty CollaboratePresentation Transcript
EMBEDDED LIBRARIANS & FACULTYCOLLABORATE TO DISH OUTINFORMATION LITERACY SKILLS
Objectives CURRENT MISSION PILOT SITUATIONEMBEDDED PILOT LIBRARIAN SUCCESS & NEXT STEPSEXPERIENCE OUTCOMES Tips for Successful Wrap Up Collaborations
The mission of Mohave Community College is to be a learning-centered college, serving all constituencies, inspiring excellence through innovative learning methodologies and empowering students to succeed.
Information Literacy Professional Association of Academic Librarians ACRLDedicated to Serving Higher Education Dedicated to improving Information Needs Learning, Teaching, and Research
Information LiteracyMCC as a learning-centered organization Why Information Literacy?What does Information Literacy mean to students?
What is Information Literacy? Find Retrieve Analyze Use
MCC LIBRARIES ComputersMCC LIBRARIES Media ServicesMCC LIBRARIES Journals
Library Website Point of Access to Portal ofInformation Need Equitable Services Services Personal Assistance
Quality ResourcesNursing, Allied Health, & English Multidisciplinary Research Tools Medicine
Library-Centered Information Literacy • “…distance learning students need library resources just as much as traditional students…” • “…discerning quality information and resources on the Internet is not an innate skill…” • “…the closer the link between course assignments and library resources to help these assignments, the greater the likelihood that students will access library information…”
Point of Need Services Ask A Librarian Point of Need Personal ContactResources with library staff Research Portal What’s missing?
Stakeholder Support AACC MCC President Governing Board
Buy In Through Collaboration Faculty EL Coordinator Specialty and expertise in the Worked with ELs in past positions & socialization of online was chosen to learners spearhead the pilot Included faculty in Clarified the role of Constant the decision- the ELs within communication making process ANGEL courses with online faculty
EL Initiative Strategy
Expected Outcomes of Collaboration
Learning Activities & Course Objectives
Pre and Post Test58% Average 94% Average
Communication via Forums
Communication via Forums I am having amazing luck with the searches on my topic! The only real problem I am now facing is that of which ones are appropriate. I have found so many results that relate to my topic, but I do not feel that they will actually support my stance in the essay. I have found severalStudent non-professional pieces, and there in lies the problem. The info in the non-professional articles and books are just that, non-professional. I feel to back my instance I need the expertise of the professional pieces. Due to this I tend to stick more to the scholarly journals, and books being written or in conjunction with licensed professionals! Youve got the right idea. There are lots of sources out there and you have to make a determination which are the best sources to use to support your argument paper -- thus, you must engage in EL research. For books, you can find out something about the author on the back cover of the book or Google him/her and find out something about them, their affiliations and credibility in their field or subject of study . For scholarly journals, you would want to use the EBSCO databases and click on peer reviewed journals and full-text so you can retrieve only those journals that are scholarly.
Target: English 101 Ask A LibraryLibrarian Activities Reinforcement of EL Initiative
THE EMBEDDED LIBRARIANEXPERIENCE
Embedded Librarians in the Online Classroom Oakland, CA Bullhead City Online StudentColumbus, Ohio Dover, Arkansas Lake Havasu City
Variety of Online Services in Fall Semester 2010
Services in the Online Classroom Assisting Students with Library Basics Sample Question:“This may be a stupid question, but could you tell me what OPAC stands for and where I can find it?” The OPAC (Online Public Access Catalog) is the Library’s catalog. You can use it to search for materials that the Library owns. Go to mohave.edu/library and type in one or more keywords to find books on your topic.
Services in the Online Classroom Sample Question:“My teacher said I can’t use Google to research my topic. Where else can I find information?”You can find a great deal of trustworthy information through the Library’s online databases. Go to mohave.edu/library and thenclick on the “Library Online Databases” link. Click on the link for “Academic Search Premier” and then you can type in your keyword(s). If you click on the box next to “full text” on the left side of the screen, your results will only include full-text articles.
Services in the Online Classroom Throughout the Semester Students Learn:How to use the Library’s How to search the Library’s online databases in order to catalog to locate both find reputable articles from print and electronic legitimate journals and books. magazines. Skills that leadHow to evaluate How to brainstorm The importance for key words that up to research websites to of proper that is will help them finddetermine if the information the information that citations and focused, credible they need (and not the cost of and credited presented is just give up after one trustworthy. plagiarism. using MLA or two tries). format.
Resources that Specifically Help the Online StudentStudents who can’t visit MCC provides many In addition to calling oran MCC campus can sign emailing an Embedded ebooks that areup quickly for a “virtual” Librarian, students canlibrary card through our available through the now “Text-A-Librarian” webpage. OPAC. for help. MCC provides access to Librarians are working to many of the EBSCO develop additional databases and has recently instructional materials, added Gale Virtual Reference Library and such as LibGuides, Opposing Viewpoints in screencasts and video context. tutorials.
Helpful Links and Video Resources
Students are Actively Utilizing the Resources
Problems and Solutions Students need completion deadlines for the Library assignments The assignments are designed to lead the student through different researching skills. Since the assignments are Some students waited until based on having the the last week to finish all of The skills that student use their skills to their assignments at once, find information for their sometimes long after they they develop in final essay, it makes sense have researched theirfor the student to complete paper’s topic, and so they one lesson will the assignments did not benefit from lead to the next. throughout the class. building research skills.
Problems and Solutions Faculty need to assign grades to the EL assignments soon after each completion deadlines.When the teacher assigns a grade to the completed assignment it sends a message thatthe assignments are an important aspect of the course and should be taken seriously. Faculty need to read the students’ assignments and the Librarians’ responses before they assign a grade. If the teacher also provides a comment, the student benefits even more.If the teacher does not take the time to read the assignments and responses, then he/shehas no idea if the student actually completed the assignment correctly.If the student sees that he/she will receive full credit for each assignment, regardless ofhow well or poorly they did, then they will feel that there is no real reason to completethe assignment properly.We saw many shoddy assignments that we responded to in order to get the student onthe right track, only to realize that the students either never read our responses or didn’ttake them seriously.
Problems and Solutions The assignments need to be designed so that the student can’t progress to the next one before the teacher has had a chance to grade and/or comment on the previous one. Librarians sometimes need more than a one day We encountered a numberturnaround when responding of students who completedto students. Although we aimfor a quick response, we can’t multiple assignments in one always accommodate the sitting. timetable. The student has also wasted If they had problems with the his/her time completing concepts in one, and didn’t take assignments that do not time to read our suggestions improve their research skills about how to improve, then the and critical thinking abilities. time we put into our comments was wasted.
Issues to address The Librarian and What are theInstructor need to assignments’ point discuss: values? Who will design the Libraryassignments for the online class? Are they informal posts or gradedThe best design will come from a assignments? collaboration between the instructor and librarian. Does the instructor understandWho is expected to grade the EL the purpose behind each assignments? assignment?
PILOT SUCCESS & OUTCOMES
Student Feedback “… it was nice to “…I [hope] that have another other students outlet to have take advantage questions of this fantastic answered…” idea…” “…having a librarian “…the available for embedded additional librarian was assistance is a very helpful…” great help!”
Online Faculty Feedback “… I didn’t realize how much this was truly needed…” “…my students tell me they found the activity helpful; they didn’t know the electronic library existed…” “…I am pleased it will be going into ENG 102 for the spring…”
What We Discovered Students were initially Since there was some Faculty supported the confused and confusion between the idea of involving an overwhelmed by the instructors, librarians Embedded assignments. The and students regarding Librarian, but many of assignments were the purpose of the them didn’t really generally seen as assignments, we needed understand how we unnecessarily hard to be sure that thecould help the students “busy work.” We faculty understood thatbecome critical thinkers needed to simplify the treating theand better researchers. instructions and be assignments seriously We had to do a better clearer about why the was the first step injob explaining how the assignments would getting the students to assignments would actually improve their take the research result in better essays. research. process more seriously.
Partnership ExperienceResident • Providing a conduit between the e-librarians and online faculty DE • Leading the collaborative assignment development process faculty • Developing the pre- and post- tests for assessmenthas been • Hosting training webinars for all participants • Ensuring that the collaboration is consistent and key continuous throughout the semester
Distance Education Collaboration Teamwork Sustainability Active Communication Participation
ExpansionBroaden the reach • MCC’s resident campus librarians with Wendi Birkhead and Matthew Pierce as ELs,of the EL Initiative monitoring up to 5 courses per session. English 101 and 102 all online • 500 to 600 students for spring 2011 sections Include other • Psychology courses, both on • Humanitiesground and online: • Sociology
Expansion Continued Consistent ModificationsDevelopment Assessment
Tips for Successful CollaborationsStudents Resources Faculty• Provide • Develop FAQs • Communicate about how instructional the EL Initiative will be materials: research • Describe introduced to students • Write a brief welcome guides, web services statement for students links, videos • Provide contact explaining role & purpose in the course• Communication information • Communicate weekly• Explain purpose of • Explain how to with faculty to ensure a ‘personal ‘same-page-ness’ librarian’ & obtain library • Include faculty on all• How to access EL cards email communication with students assignments
Wrap Up CONTACT US @ Mohave Community CollegeClaudia Timmann, Wendi Matthew Pierce,Director of Library Birkhead, Campus Campus Librarian & Services Librarian & Embedded Librarian Embedded Librarian email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com