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Presentation to the JWU-Providence Library Reference Staff--an introduction to ulearn, LibGuides, and embedded librarianship

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ulearn & the JWU Library

  1. 1. All About ulearn: A Presentation to the JWU-Library Reference Staff: <br />4/5/2010<br />
  2. 2. Agenda (items in bold are covered in this slide presentation)<br />Live demo of the ulearn interface-Amy<br />Introduction to Embedded Librarianship, with live demo – David<br />Brief slide presentation clarifying when (and when not) to use LibGuides  - David <br />Structured Q&A (Possible ulearn questions for the library, and their answers)– Amy and David<br />Open Q&A – Amy and David<br />
  3. 3. Objectives<br />Understand the basic functions of ulearn<br />Learn what the library can and can’t do for students<br />Provide an introduction to the embedded librarian program<br />Further training will come later (~Summer 2010)<br />There is significant demand anticipated for embedded librarians in the Fall<br />
  4. 4. Embedded librarianship<br />What is it?<br />When a librarian is detailed to a specific course<br />Mostly online learning courses<br />But, this service can also be provided, as needed, to local classes (particularly upper-level, research-heavy courses)<br />
  5. 5. Embedded librarianship<br />What is it?<br />The librarian works outside of the traditional reference desk context, and instead interacts with students within the structure of a course<br />Entails getting actively involved on a course-level:<br />
  6. 6. Embedded librarianship<br />Why do it?<br />To provide information literacy in an online environment<br />We will be able to provide deep and tailored research assistance<br />To make the library a continual presence in distance students’ academic experience<br />
  7. 7. Embedded librarianship<br />Why do it?<br />Gain the opportunity to obtain a more comprehensive sense of the JWU community, for collection development and resource building<br />‘Does not take you away from your “day job”; just redefines it and expands the influence of the libraries.’<br />from Carlson, Jake, and Ruth Kneale. "Embedded librarianship in the research context." College & Research Libraries News 72.3 (2011): 167-170. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. EBSCO. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.<br />
  8. 8. Embedded Librarianship <br />How does it work?<br />Ulearn<br />Discussion boards<br />Library modules<br />LibGuides<br />Video tutorials<br />
  9. 9. Embedded Librarianship<br />Principles for Success (adapted)<br />Be collaborative and flexible<br />Build trusted relationships<br />‘Have an entrepreneurial mindset. … the ability to recognize or create an opportunity and take action aimed at realizing the innovative knowledge practice or product’<br />‘Accept risk.’<br />adapted from Carlson, Jake, and Ruth Kneale. "Embedded librarianship in the research context." College & Research Libraries News 72.3 (2011): 167-170. Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts. EBSCO. Web. 4 Apr. 2011.<br />
  10. 10. Workload<br />Dependent upon how much the instructor is willing to bring you into their class<br />Very similar to the workload of a BI<br />With a little more maintenance/follow-up<br />An example….<br />
  11. 11. An ‘average’ course: Week 0 (Before the Course Begins)<br />Meet with the Instructor (1-3 hours)<br />Develop expectations<br />Plan a research assignment, if possible<br />Create a library space on the ulearn page (15 minutes)<br />Contact information<br />“Ask A Librarian,” forum <br />
  12. 12. An ‘average’ course: Week 0 (Before the Course Begins)<br />Begin planning assignment (30 minutes)<br />Begin planning LibGuide (30 minutes)<br />If making instructional videos from scratch (i.e. the videos in the pre-fabricated tutorial library do not cover your topic) put in a request for a video. (30 minutes)<br />
  13. 13. An ‘average’ course: Week 1<br />Introduce yourself to the course in a Week One Discussion Board (30 minutes)<br />Answer any questions in the “Ask a Librarian” forum (0-30 minutes; closer to 0)<br />You can set up an RSS feed so that you will be notified of all new posts in the “Ask…” forum<br />Begin to prepare your LibGuide (1 hour)<br />Begin to prepare your assignment(1 hour)<br />
  14. 14. An ‘average’ course: Week 2<br />Finish up your LibGuide (2 hours)<br />Finish compiling your library instruction assignment (1 hour)<br />
  15. 15. An ‘average’ course: Week 3/4<br />Post the assignment in the Week 3 discussion board (30 minutes)<br />Work with the professor to make sure the assignment is graded!<br />Provide a link to the LibGuide (which should contain the videos as well) (5 minutes)<br />
  16. 16. An ‘average’ course: Week 3/4<br />As students post their responses to the library assignment, provide feedback and guidance<br />You can suggest other databases and further articles, provide citation corrections, etc. (15-30 minutes a day, for 5-8 days)<br />
  17. 17. An ‘average’ course: Week 5-End<br />Maintain your role as a point of contact for the students (0-60 minutes)<br />Continue to answer questions in the ‘Ask a Librarian Discussion’ board (0-60 minutes)<br />
  18. 18. What’s next?<br />We are currently prototyping a single instance of embedded librarianship<br />Planning on more embedding librarians in more courses in the fall<br />
  19. 19. What’s next?<br />Developing a library of interchangeable videos<br />The Video Production Working Group<br />Will lead to short (30 second-90 second) videos that can be used to provide bibliographic instruction<br />If the video does not exist, send a request to the Video Team through the web form (forthcoming)<br />
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  21. 21. ulearn / LibGuides<br />
  22. 22. What’s the Difference Between ulearn and LibGuides<br />And why should I care?<br />Instructors may be confused, as they are outwardly similar<br />They are actually quite different<br />When used in harmony provides the best of both platforms<br />
  23. 23. LibGuides<br />Created and administered by Librarians<br />Multiple types: <br />Aids during in-class library instruction<br />Class Guides<br />Subject Guides<br />Current event/awareness LibGuides<br />
  24. 24. ulearn<br />Is…<br />A virtual classroom management space<br />A web space for a particular course<br />Maintained by the instructor<br />
  25. 25. ulearn<br />Used To/For….<br />Provide readings<br />Students to electronically submit assignments<br />Facilitate regular class communication<br />
  26. 26. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />An instructional aid for a class on library research?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  27. 27. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />An instructional aid for a class on library research?<br />LibGuides<br />are an excellent accompaniment for a librarian presenter to use when they talk about research strategies and resources<br />ulearn<br />
  28. 28. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />Links and uploads for weekly readings and viewings? <br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  29. 29. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />Links and uploads for weekly readings and viewings? <br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />structures the class as a whole, week by week, and can provide services such as paper submission and reading distribution.<br />
  30. 30. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A web page that helps students complete specific assignments using library research tools?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  31. 31. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A web page that helps students complete specific assignments using library research tools?<br />LibGuides<br />are great for assisting in research assignments, as all the elements a student needs (books in the catalog, web links, web video, library databases) can be in a guide<br />ulearn<br />
  32. 32. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />To put information up that is restricted, either due to copyright limitations or privacy concerns?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  33. 33. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />To put information up that is restricted, either due to copyright limitations or privacy concerns?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />ulearn course pages are protected by passwords, and only students enrolled in the class can access the materials held in the course pages<br />Therefore certain copyrighted materials, when used under the doctrine of fair use, may be uploaded to a ulearn course page<br />
  34. 34. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A research guide for an entire subject, presenting the best books, articles, and databases <br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  35. 35. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A research guide for an entire subject, presenting the best books, articles, and databases <br />LibGuides<br />are great for containing web links, links to library databases, library books, and research tips on a specific subject.<br />As these are made by librarians who hold expertise in the subject field, these guides hold the best resources available in the library and on the internet on a specific subject.<br />ulearn<br />
  36. 36. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />To upload documents (videos, slides, syllabi, etc.)<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  37. 37. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />To upload documents (videos, slides, syllabi, etc.)<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />Provides server space to upload your documents, and is a convenient place to organize your documents by week<br />Is password protected and restricted by class<br />Videos need to be uploaded through the Office of Online Learning<br />
  38. 38. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A page or group of pages that I (the instructor) will manage?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  39. 39. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A page or group of pages that I (the instructor) will manage?<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />To manage on your own, based on a master course template that you may or may not have helped build.<br />
  40. 40. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A place to promote student interaction, through comments, discussion board, and chat<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  41. 41. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />A place to promote student interaction, through comments, discussion board, and chat<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />has many platforms for communication, including discussion boards and chat rooms.<br />
  42. 42. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />Links to web sites and embedded web video.<br />LibGuides<br />ulearn<br />
  43. 43. Which platform do I choose if I want: <br />Links to web sites and embedded web video.<br />LibGuides<br />As a course-specific guide for the best library and web resources available for the course, through links to library databases and weblinks<br />ulearn<br />can also be used for linking / embedding. <br />to connect a specific web resource to a learning activity (e.g., discussion, assignment) and/or specific time in the course (e.g., week 3)<br />
  44. 44. Any Questions? Contact… <br />The JWU-Providence Library <br />JWU Office of Online Learning<br />401-598-1121<br />dmeincke@jwu.edu<br />Yena Center<br />111 Dorrance St. <br />http://jwu-ri.libguides.com/<br />401-598-2778<br />ulearn@jwu.edu<br />Providence Downcity campus<br />Lower level of Xavier Hall<br />https://tech4academics.jwu.edu/AT/index.html<br />
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