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Customizable and Scalable Information Literacy Learning Objects
Dana Longley
Assistant Director for Library Instruction an...
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Customizable and Scalable Information Literacy Learning Objects


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Customizable and Scalable Information Literacy Learning Objects

  1. 1. Customizable and Scalable Information Literacy Learning Objects Dana Longley Assistant Director for Library Instruction and Information Literacy The Setting • 20,000+ adult, distance learners (~9500 FTE) • 50% fully online students, 50% blended • Undergrad average age: 36 • No traditional campus (7 regional offices) • 1,000+ faculty & adjuncts • 1,500+ course sections / independent studies • No formal IL reqs (very basic skills, curriculum-infused) • Online-only library • 4 librarians (no student assistants or other staff) Library Toolbox for Faculty Needs Library Workshops (live, online) Video Tutorials Learning Solutions Self-Assessment Quiz Scavenger Hunt Course Guides Technologies • Portal (LibGuide): library services & resources for faculty • Plug-and-play learning object warehouse • Promoted via faculty workshops, emails, etc. • Customizable, plug-and-play IL objects for courses • Just-in-time, point-of-need research help • Synchronous, active library learning opportunities • Asynchronous library learning opportunities • Engage multiple learning styles • Library Toolbox for Faculty • @Home Library Workshops • Embedded Reference Chat Widgets • Online Scavenger Hunt • Self-Assessment Quiz • Course Guides • Video Tutorials / Playlists • Customizable by course or dept. • LibAnswers • LibGuides • Blackboard Collaborate • Google Forms & Docs • ProProfs • Snag-It, Captivate and YouTube • Focus on hands-on, active learning • Voice, chat, whiteboard, app share, quizzes • Mostly voluntary participation (req’d for some) • Assessment: hands-on work + pre- & post-Google forms: • Length: up to 5 min. • Created on-the-fly (low time investment, done in 1-2 takes) • Hosted on YouTube channel (custom playlists & embed codes) • Get students to reflect on their actual skill levels • Instant feedback (including links to tutorials/readings) • For already heavy-workload courses • Combination of 3-2-1 and problem-based assessment • Email participants’ names to instructors (for req’d users) • Alternatives to live instruction: • Tutorials and readings + quiz • Self-directed text-based course • Plug-and-play, hands-on/active IL learning object • LibGuide (easy to create/maintain) • Customizable course-level resource guides • Developed in collaboration with faculty Custom, collaborative services (other than on poster =>): • Research assignment design • Locate readings and other materials (OER and otherwise) • Rubrics & other research assessment tools • Scaffolding or help materials for research assignments