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Mary Moser, Learning Commons Librarian at Oxford College, presents her teaching methods at the LOEX conference in April 2010.

Mary Moser, Learning Commons Librarian at Oxford College, presents her teaching methods at the LOEX conference in April 2010.

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  • Oxford College of Emory University LOEX 2010 4/30/2010

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  • 1. Mary T. Moser Learning Commons Librarian Oxford College of Emory University Oxford, GA [email_address] / [email_address]
  • 2.
    • Introduction
    • What Makes Teaching and Learning Fun?
    • Examples
      • LOLcats
      • Celebrity Gossip
      • Red Pandas
    • Research and Assessment
    • Adapting These Ideas
    • Conclusion
  • 3.
    • Cute fuzzy animals?
  • 4.
    • Think about a class session that you really enjoyed teaching – what made it fun?
        • Think about a time when you really enjoyed learning – what made it fun?
  • 5.
    • Your thoughts?
    • My thoughts:
      • Student Engagement
      • Unexpected
    • Be intentional when planning classes: Make FUN a priority
  • 6.
    • LOLcats
    • Celebrity Gossip
    • Red Pandas
  • 7.
    • “ Instructors who make a concerted effort to capture students’ attention with engaging topics and a range of goals and objectives will facilitate student learning.”
    • Jacobson, T., & Xu, L. (2002). Motivating students in credit-based information literacy courses: Theories and practice. portal: Libraries and the Academy , 2 (3), 423-441. doi:10.1353/pla.2002.0055  
  • 8.
    • “ The first order of business is to get students’ attention”
    • Don’t overlook “The power of a telling example”
    • Erickson, B. L., Peters, C. B., & Strommer, D. W. (2006). Teaching first-year college students (Rev. Exp.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.
  • 9.
    • Benefits of using humor in the classroom:
        • Better retention
        • Improved student-professor connection
        • Greater attentiveness and interest
        • Less academic stress
        • Healthy learning environment
        • Improved student attitudes
        • Improved student motivation
        • Walker, B.E. (2006). Using humor in library instruction.  Reference Services Review, 34 (1), 117-128. doi: 1023512501.
  • 10.
    • One-Minute Papers:
      • “ Would you like a librarian to follow up with you to offer extra help? If yes, write your e-mail address here:”
        • 45% vs. 18%
        • Consistent with my teaching priorities (engaging students)
  • 11.
    • Think of something:
      • Unique
      • Creative
      • Unusual
      • Surprising
      • Off-the-wall
      • Etc.
    • Turn to the person sitting next to you:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Share your ideas!
  • 12.
    • Think outside the box
    • Nearly any topic can be a platform for teaching…
  • 13.
    • Miss Teen South Carolina
    • College Student’s Wikipedia Hoax
    • Miss Princess
  • 14.
    • … But make sure it’s authentic to you
  • 15.
    • Be fearless
    • Not every joke, story, or example will work, and that’s ok
  • 16.
    • Be considerate of your audience
    • “ Divisive humor, such as sarcasm, irony, insults, and parody, tends to be biting and can often leave a student embarrassed. These types of humor can be extremely detrimental to learning and should be avoided” (Walker, 2006, p. 119).
  • 17.
    • Remind yourself: Teaching and learning can (and should) be FUN!
  • 18.
    • Your AND your students’ reward:
    • “ TOTAL CONSCIOUSNESS”
  • 19.  
  • 20.
    • Erickson, B. L., Peters, C. B., & Strommer, D. W. (2006). Teaching first-year college students (Rev. Exp.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.  
    • Jacobson, T., & Xu, L. (2002). Motivating students in credit-based information literacy courses: Theories and practice. portal: Libraries and the Academy , 2 (3), 423-441. doi:10.1353/pla.2002.0055
    • Walker, B.E. (2006). Using humor in library instruction.  Reference Services Review, 34 (1), 117-128. doi: 1023512501.
  • 21.
    • http://susty.com
    • http://cuteoverload.com