Lis764 Online Library Instruction


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This is a guest lecture presentation by Larissa K. Garcia, and Marisa S. Walstrum for LIS 764 for Dominican University GSLIS. 7/29/09.

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  • Introduction: We each introduce ourselves...
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  • Marisa   Founded as the first Kindergarten college.  Access to education extends to working adults, catering specifically to bachelor completion programs in management, and teacher certifications. Student population: mostly graduate. Accelerated programs with mostly evening and online offerings make support from the library a challenge.
  • Marisa   1. Different work and life experience should be valued as students often go back to school to improve upon these skill sets. Varying degrees of skills can be a challenge. 2. In Kwon's article studying links between critical thinking skills and library/research anxiety the authors found that students often feel overwhlemed and think their skills are inadequate. When students who mistrust their ability to identify good information the researchers found that they are lacking in their analytical, problem solving, and decision making skills. 3. These students want to learn pertinent information - how does this help me with my project? 4. Adult learners are motivated, they take on school in addition to family, job and community responsibilities. 5. Learning preferences must be addressed as many students have been out of school for a period of time - the lecture only model may not help students to learn. 6. Students have other obligations besides school and may need additional time, or last minute help due to time management issues 7. Adult learners are goal oriented - they want to learn what is applicable to their project/class/program/job skills. They will also tell you when you are teaching something irrelevant.  
  • Marisa   1. Online requires you to build a learning space in which students enter and interact - more control than the classroom set up. 2. Periodic assessment is needed to track student progress and helps to identify early any concepts that students dont "get". 3. Online environment allows more flexibility with learning styles and allows you to embed different student experiences to meet learning preferences. 4. Active learning is inherent since students must create a product and interact/collaborate in order to participate. 5. Self directed learners thrive online because they go at their own pace/schedule. 6. Online courses can be taken anywhere at any time.
  • Marisa   1. Students can get disengaged with the learning materials if their learning preferences aren't being met, or if they are missing key concepts. This can usually be seen while doing assessment. 2. Bandwidth and internet speeds and accessibility is an ongoing issue. 3. The lack of an instructor present in online asynchronous classes means less off the cuff questions and "aha" moments. 4. Students have varying levels of technical skills and can get hung up in learning how to post and meeting student participation expectations. 1. Many librarians haven't taught online and don't have access to instrucitonal design specialists to help with curriculum development. 2. Bandwidth goes both ways - problem for us too. 3. IT issues and technical difficulties may arise derailing your original instructional plan.
  • Larissa Before moving onto the next slide, ask the class: So why are tutorials useful for library instruction?
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  • Larissa Ask the class: where would you want to make the tutorials available? Web site, but where specifically? -database pages -Help page -on the home page? YouTube? Available in various formats? Downloadable?
  • Marisa Evaluating Tutorials Show each tutorial and ask the class to tell us things about each tutorial that they liked and didn't like.   Write down student comments on the board to facilitate discussion.
  • Marisa Perhaps demo ScreenJelly since it does not require a download.  AND/OR Depending on time and student interest, show tutorial on using Wink
  • Larissa Click on Sharing Resources to show students you don't have to reinvent the wheel.
  • Lis764 Online Library Instruction

    1. 1. LIS 764: LIBRARY USER INSTRUCTION Teaching in an online environment & Creating tools for Asynchronous Instruction Strahov Library, Prague, Czech Republic Guest Instructors Marisa Walstrum & Larissa Garcia National-Louis University Library
    2. 2. Tonight's outline 1. Introduction 2. NLU history & perspective 3. Teaching Adult Learners Mitchell Library, Glasgow, Scotland 4. Teaching in an Online Environment 5. Why Tutorials? 6. Tips & Best Practices 7. Evaluating Tutorials 8. Tutorial Creation Software 9. Additional Resources 10. Q&A - your chance to ask library, career, or school- related questions of recent DU grads!
    3. 3. National-Louis University A bit of background Founded in 1886 Private, non-denominational Strong tradition of service to urban, immigrant, & minority populations Average age: 36 (undergraduate); 38 (graduate) Online degree programs: 8 (BlackBoard) U.S. Campus locations: 8 Elizabeth Harrison & Edna Dean Baker - the 1st and 2nd presidents of the college. Image from NLU Archives.
    4. 4. Teaching Adult Learners Non-traditional students bring a diverse background and varying skill sets to the classroom Critical thinking and library anxiety (Kwon) Authenticity in library instruction Motivation & Self directed learners Learning Preferences Time management & balance Teach skills to accomplish student goals (Gold) Angkor Wat Library, Cambodia
    5. 5. Teaching in an Online Environment Opportunities: Student engagement Assessing student learning Addressing Learning Styles Active Learning Self directed learning Mobility and scheduling Roger Clark Memorial Library, Pittsfield, VT
    6. 6. Teaching in an Online Environment Challenges for students: Student engagement Bandwidth Immediacy Student technical skill levels Seattle Public Library Challenges for librarians: Librarian technical skill levels Bandwidth IT/Support issues
    7. 7. Teaching in an Online Environment What we do at NLU Library instruction sessions for F2F, online, blended courses Online instruction includes Tutorials & short assignment BlackBoard, email, or LibGuides approximately 1 week long Email or chat reference
    8. 8. Creating tools for Asynchronous Instruction Why use tutorials? Supplement classroom instruction Online library instructions Outreach to courses without library instruction Frequently Asked Questions After hours or distance learning support Address different learning styles Free University, Berlin, Germany Adapted from Aimee Walker's presentation, "Best Practices for Tutorial Creation", Online Tutorial Creation Workshop, I-Share Instruction Team, June 2009
    9. 9. A Few Tips for Creating Tutorials KISS: Keep it short and simple Length: no longer than 5 minutes Outline important points and consider computer actions (search examples, mouse clicks, etc.) Write a script Include objectives in the tutorial Practice, practice, practice! Record in a room with a door that shuts Consider your speaking style (speed, tone, and vocabulary) Currency Adapted from Aimee Walker's presentation, "Best Practices for Tutorial Creation", Online Tutorial Creation Workshop, I-Share Instruction Team, June 2009
    10. 10. Other things to think about... Where will the tutorials be available? It's a good idea to evaluate your tutorials. Maybe include a link to a survey for students to complete? Accessibility issues - text versions available Vancouver Public Library, British Columbia
    11. 11. Tutorial Examples How to Find Books - Western New England College (Wink) Reserves - University of Washington (Jing) How to Identify Scholarly Articles - Cornell University Interlibrary Loan - Southwest Minnesota State University (Camtasia Studio) Boolean Searching - Colorado State University
    12. 12. Screencasting / Tutorial Creation Software Just a small sample of software you might want to try... FREE!!! Jing: CamStudio: ScreenJelly: Wink: How to use wink: NOT FREE ;( Adobe Captivate Camtasia Studio from TechSmith Vancouver Library Square, British Columbia
    13. 13. Additional Resources Sharing Resources Animated Tutorial Sharing Project LION: Library Information Literacy Online Network Best Practices 7 Things You Should Know About Screencasting - Educause An Introducation to Screencasting - TechSoup Screencasting Best Practices - That's Infotainment! How to Create your own Screencasts - School Library Journal Top Ten Tips for Creating Effective Screencasts - Bill Myers Online
    14. 14. Additional Resources cont. - Adult Learners and Information Literacy Bellard, Eloise M. “Information Literacy Needs of Nontraditional Graduate Students in Social Work.” Research Strategies. 20 (2007):494-505. Faust, Judith. “Teaching Information Literacy in 50 Minutes a Week: The CSUH Experience” Journal of Southern Academic and Special Librarianship. 2 (2001): 1-15. Gold, Helene E. “Engaging the Adult Learner: Creating Effective Library Instruction.” Portal: Libraries & the Academy. 5 (2005): 467-481. Kwon, Nahyun, Anthony J. Onwuegbuzie, and Linda Alexander. "Critical Thinking Disposition and Library Anxiety: Affective Domains on the Space of Information Seeking and use in Academic Libraries." 68.3 (2007): 268-78.
    15. 15. Photo Credits Library images from Flickr: Mitchell Library, Glasgow com/photos/alephnaught/7295078/ Vancouver Library Square com/photos/darrenstone/395110954/ Vancouver Public Library Roger Clark Memorial Library Angkor Wat Library at Sunset Strahov Library, Prague Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark Seattle Public Library
    16. 16. QUESTIONS? Royal Library, Copenhagen, Denmark