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Letting Go: How Students Can Find Their Own Way


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Posted presented at The Innovative Library Classroom 2016 held at Radford University on May 11, 2016.

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Letting Go: How Students Can Find Their Own Way

  1. 1. LettingGo:How students can find their own way The BasicLibrary Orientation College Advising (COLA) One-credit, topic-focused, includes academic advising with faculty member No research component! Library Tour Walking tour of Alderman, Clemons, & Special Collections Libraries Ending with finding a book in the stacks Feedback Positive from both students and faculty Assessment Positive results of student understanding and learning So why change? Observational Assessment We noticed silent students not engaging until the stacks exercise - after experiencing the library on their own terms, they were enthusiastic, animated, and suddenly brimming with questions What we wanted: A way for students to explore the library organically without direct faculty or librarian oversight What we designed: A scavenger hunt! Students explore spaces with the support of their peers including: Alderman, Clemons, Special Collections Libraries, and online Resources 1. Students are placed into teams 2. Each team member has a role 3. Teams are provided a series of clues 4. Each clue is a task to find materials/locations in the libraries 5. Every clue is documented with a photograph  Freeform wiki  Anyone with URL can post  Embedded multimedia  Instant collaboration and communication  Allows instant creation Assessment Summative: After completing tasks, students return to discuss the process by both: Describing e.g. “So where did you go to find the Declaration of Independence?” Demonstrating e.g. “Can you show everyone how you found your book using the catalog?” Formative: Team Padlets allow for comparison of team, to both each other and between classes, in terms of correctly answered clues What We’ve Learned Time Students love the activity! But it requires a significant amount of class time Scoring Rubric Students wanted a way to determine a winner of the scavenger hunt. So we created an easy rubric that counts completed clues, creativity, and their ability to make us laugh Online Resources It’s more fun to find things in the library! Students tend to skip the section for finding an article Maggie Nunley Teaching and Learning Librarian University of Virginia @maggienunley Paula Roy Teaching and Learning Librarian University of Virginia @pawlamarie Constructivism You Learn by Doing Students build their own understanding and knowledge through experience Have to interact with ideas, and reflect on those interactions, in order to create their own knowledge matrix ACRL Framework Focused on values/dispositions: 1. Authority is Constructed 2. Scholarship as Conversation 3. Searching as Strategic Exploration Infuse classes with ideas that:  Students are Scholars  Community of Classmates  Push for Creativity  Give Room to Fail  Encourage Librarian Support  Thrilling Discovery of Library’s Secrets