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Active learning strategies in the information literacy classroom. Evaluating methods, comparing results and measuring 'real' impact. Ross & Furno

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Active learning strategies in the information literacy classroom. Evaluating methods, comparing results and measuring 'real' impact. Ross & Furno

  1. 1. Alanna Ross Christine Furno Active learning strategies in the IL classroom. Evaluating methods, comparing results & measuring ‘real’ impact.
  2. 2. AUS Students
  3. 3. IL instruction at AUS
  4. 4. Active Learning The challenge to engage Alternatives to lecture based classes Extend assessment efforts Opportunity to explore new technologies
  5. 5. Initial Study (2009) : Clickers
  6. 6. Class Design Librarians Students
  7. 7. Research questions Do clickers have a positive impact in the Library instruction environment? How do students perform during in-class activities? Are students demonstrating an increase in IL skills post-class?
  8. 8. Methodology Pre-class assessment In-class testing and review Post-class assessment
  9. 9. Outcomes Students perceived clickers to be an effective learning tool •A change from passive learning to a more active learning format produced increased learning outcomes •Students demonstrated an increase in IL skills post-class (6%)
  10. 10. Extending the research… Lecture PBL Clickers Information Literacy Assessment
  11. 11. Research questions Do other active learning techniques produce positive results? Which technique has the most positive impact? How does student performance compare?
  12. 12. Who participated in the study? English 204 students (Spring 2010) Clickers Problem Based Learning (PBL) Lecture - Style 79 students 68 students 52 students 4 sections 4 sections 4 sections
  13. 13. Methodology Pre-class assessment In-class testing / review / feedback Post-class assessment
  14. 14. What competencies did we study? 1. Key concept identification 2. Combining key concepts 3. Refining results
  15. 15. Class Design
  16. 16. Overall results Differences between pre & post IL class assessments CLICKERS TRADITIONAL LECTURE PBL + 0.3% + 2.7% + 2.4%
  17. 17. Drawing overall conclusions … Overall performance? Most effective methodology? Effective measures?
  18. 18. Results Competency – Key concept identification CLICKERS TRADITIONAL PBL Competency – Combining key concepts using Boolean operators CLICKERS TRADITIONAL PBL Competency – Combining key concepts using quotation marks CLICKERS TRADITIONAL PBL + 0.8 % + 8.0 % + 2.0 % - 2.3 % + 14.6 % + 3.9 % - 5.5 % - 7.2 % - 3.7 %
  19. 19. Results Competency – Refining results CLICKERS TRADITIONAL PBL Competency – Refining results CLICKERS TRADITIONAL PBL + 3.4 % - 0.3 % - 0.6 % - 0.8 % - 3.7 % +15.5 %
  20. 20. Considering class types … Clickers Traditional / Lecture Problem based learning
  21. 21. Feedback Student interviews Formative assessment Critical Reflection
  22. 22. Challenges One shot class Semester timing Faculty support In-class data capture Technology No assessment integration ESL learners
  23. 23. Moving ahead … Competency selection Map learning modules to course outline Hybrid class development Assessment
  24. 24. Alanna Ross : aross@aus.edu Christine Furno : cfurno@aus.edu Active learning strategies in the IL classroom. Evaluating methods, comparing results & measuring ‘real’ impact. Thank you

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