Emerging Roles in 21st Century Learning Support

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Poster developed for the 2011 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) annual conference. Poster was developed out of interviews with dozens of higher education library and educational technology …

Poster developed for the 2011 Educause Learning Initiative (ELI) annual conference. Poster was developed out of interviews with dozens of higher education library and educational technology professionals. Interviews conducted by Dave Wedaman, Gail Matthews-DeNatale, and Michael Stephens.

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  • 1. The “ACADEMIC 15 ” Emerging Roles in 21st-Century Learning Support A Proof-of-Concept Research Study Examining Academic Support Staff in Higher Education Gail Matthews-DeNatale, Emmanuel College | Michael Stephens, Dominican University | David Wedaman, Brandeis University
    • Methodology: Phase 1
    • Interviewed 24 library & IT Staff involved in supporting teachers, learners, and researchers, on experiences of curricular change and Library / IT organizational responses.
    • Results analyzed and distilled into 15 themes.
    • Next Steps: Phase 2
    • Recruit sponsorship from Library and IT professional organizations; hire professional ethnographers to interview & analyze response.
    • Review methodology; expand scope to 50 participants.
    For more visit Tame the Web at http://bit.ly/fpgowJ or Wedaman.wordpress.com
    • Research Question
    • How can the perspective of academic staff provide an insight into curricular change and library / IT organizational responses?
    • In what ways might it supplement other views of higher education constituents: NSSE, FSSE, MISO, LibQual+, ECAR?
    Salient Trends Fundamental reconsiderations of pedagogy are having a dramatic impact on the curriculum and challenge us to rethink our strategies for supporting learning. Cloud-based and consumer-oriented, third-party services create user expectations we struggle to meet in an era of limited staff budgets and funding. We’re challenged to balance generalist support of basic services with the advanced technology and information needs of increasingly sophisticated faculty. We find it difficult to staff and fund the support of established services while also investing resources in research and development and innovation. The redefinition of the academic library in the digital age is a point of tension for library staff and the academic community. Organizational Needs We need to evolve from providing tools for users to the more demanding work of forming communities with users to collectively understand evolving curricular needs. We need to communicate better within our organizations and between our organizations and our community. We need to redefine our staff roles to promote people-focused, flexible, creative, entrepreneurial, community-integrated work groups. As our roles change, creating meaningful opportunities for professional development becomes crucial. Managing the effects of change on people is perhaps our most salient challenge. Strategic Actions We’re redefining library and I.T. organizations to thrive in the post-"sole provider" era. We’re engaging our community, building relationships with other academic support units, attempting to be visible, and trying to communicate well. We’re increasing collaboration with peer institutions. We’re turning to a re-working of the traditional library “liaison” role as one way we’ll integrate with the community. We’re advocating for a climate that can encourage and reward risk-taking. To better understand our users, we’re incorporating qualitative research into the ways we gather data for decision-making. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Image: http://www.flickr.com/photos/yilka/1829139871