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Willing to fail - Rohweder

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Willing to fail - Rohweder

  1. 1. Willing to fail: Using failure to motivate change in teaching library instruction sessions
  2. 2. Hello!I’m Matt Rohweder I am the Business & Economics Librarian at Wilfrid Laurier University, specializing in Library Instruction and online learning. You can find me at mrohweder@wlu.ca 2
  3. 3. About you… I’d like to start by learning a little bit about you… 1
  4. 4. Agenda ▪ Failure & why it is important ▪ BU111 – a case study in failure ▪ Directions for the future 4
  5. 5. Agenda ▪ Failure & why it is important ▪ BU111 – a case study in failure ▪ Directions for the future 5 Today’s learning objectives: • Begin developing an understanding the importance failure has in our teaching; • Discuss ways to use instances of failre to improve future classes; • Discover how to integrate active learning into online tutorials
  6. 6. “It’s more useful to think of myself as a progressive teacher who’s willing to own both my successes and failures in the classroom bell hooks 6
  7. 7. Failure & It’s Importance 7
  8. 8. Let’s blue sky this. o Get into groups of 2- 3 o Discussion question: o what does failing in the classroom mean to you? 8
  9. 9. Failure can indeed serve as an eye-opener…Does failure equate with mistake? Not always. - Bengt-Arne Vedin 9
  10. 10. Why is failure important?  A favorite anecdote: Dreaming is taking a risk to fail  No educator plans for instance of failure  Failure can help us find new directions in our teaching  Students can learn just about from our failures as they can from our successes 10
  11. 11. BU111: A Case Study in Failure 11
  12. 12. BU111: A Case Study Context:  Mandatory first-year year business course  Upwards of 4000 students  Library sessions – for extra credit – to assist with their major project  Designed 8-9 sessions over the course of the semester12
  13. 13. BU111: A Case Study  Initial plan:  Sessions of 130-150 students  Lecture style with some large group discussion  Assessment: quiz through a Learning Management System  The assessment was later revised to a group project, where students emailed me results  Later revised:  Use of a google doc to facilitate group work and active learning 13
  14. 14. BU111: A Case Study Why was this a failure?  Managing a quiz for 130+ students was nearly impossible and did not promote learning  Organizing and managing active learning in a large lecture based class – did not promote learning  Students were not learning material 14
  15. 15. BU111: A Case Study Why was this a failure?  Managing a quiz for 130+ students was nearly impossible and did not promote learning  Organizing and managing active learning in a large lecture based class – did not promote learning  Students were not learning material15
  16. 16. BU111: A Case Study Reflections :  Despite wanting to integrate lecture and active learning, doing so in a large classroom was difficult  Instructions need to be extremely clear  Sessions were not structured towards a specific assignment, meaning students were not as focused.16
  17. 17. Directions for the Future 17
  18. 18. Large Classes – Dos & Don’ts  Active learning can be very difficult, though think-pair- share is always a good choice  How to best manage group discussion?  Depending on unfamiliar technologies can be a detrement 18
  19. 19. Future Plans  Reorienting the design of the BU111 library sessions away from being lecture based  Instead – will develop a series of online learning modules that the students can access and complete for bonus credit  Offer drop-in sessions for student consultations focused on a specific assignment or project 19
  20. 20. Moving away from in-class instruction  Allows students to pace learning at their own rate  Students can revisit content when needed  Allows for a flipped classroom approach during drop-in sessions  Greater focus on assignments  Increase active learning 20
  21. 21. In-person In-person active learning can take many forms: - think-pair-share; - Concept mapping - Telephone game - Mini-charrette The main concept is finding ways to get students engaged in their own learning Active Learning Online There are many tools that you can use to help facilitate active learning in an online environment. - Mentimeter - Nearpod etc. - LibWizard Try to think of ways to engage students outside of the normal video tutorial21
  22. 22. What I learned (or how I failed forward…)  Even the most thought out plans can go awry  Failure does not make me a bad teacher, it makes me a stronger teacher  Structure is key when organizing IL sessions  Things will not be perfect right out the gate  Failure can lead to successful new interpretations 22
  23. 23. Take a second…and share Does anyone want to share a fail & recovery story? 23
  24. 24. Further Reading Talking about failure is not the easiest thing to do, but there are resources out there to help guide you… Article: Derrida, Teachind and the Context of Failure, by Ian Munday (2011) Active learning strategies in higher education : teaching for leadership, innovation, and creativity by Misseyanni, Anastasia (ed). Productive Failure by Noa Kageyama 24
  25. 25. Keep in Touch Matt Rohweder mrohweder@wlu.ca 25
  26. 26. Credits Special thanks to all the people who made and released these awesome resources for free: ▪ Presentation template by SlidesCarnival ▪ Photographs by Unsplash & Death to the Stock Photo (license) 26
  27. 27. Image Credits Slide One: Photo by Philippe Bout on Unsplash Slide Two: Personal photo Slide Three: Photo by Roman Mager on Unsplash Slide Seven: Photo by rawpixel on Unsplash Slide Eight: Blue sky with kite, by Tom Brandt: Slide Nine: Photo by Debby Hudson on Unsplash Slide Ten onwards: Photo by Kelly Sikkema on Unsplash Slide Eleven: Photo by Ross Sneddon on Unsplash Slide Seventeen: Photo by Tom Fejér on Unsplash Slide Twenty-One: Photo by Evan Kirby on Unsplash Slide Twenty-Two: Photo by Ian Kim on Unsplash Slide Twenty-ThreePhoto by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash Slide Twenty-Four: Photo by Nicole Honeywill on Unsplash27
  28. 28. Matt Rohweder Business & Economics Librarian Wilfrid Laurier University Email: mrohweder@wlu.ca Telephone: 519-884- 0710x4855 Twitter: @MattJeffreyR

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