As I near the end of my MLS, I’ve been researching library instruction to prepare for implementing it in the real world. I figured I could share what I found out in libraryland (and elsewhere!):
- Autumn live-blogged from the 2014 ALA conference. This post discusses implementing an information literacy course.
- Amanda at Designer Librarian is one of my favorite librarian-bloggers. This particular post discusses the art of implementing instruction, but every other post on her blog is worth reading, too. For example, she also offers a look at activities that pack a super literacy punch in instruction.
- I’ve thought that integrating games into instruction can help support learning and remake the dry, dusty opinion many students have of libraries. This post discusses bringing games into the library.
- Geoff Walton posted a link to his recently published article, which looks like an especially fascinating study of students’ cognitive states before and after library instruction. (I confess I haven’t quite had time to read this one yet. But soon!)
- The University of Texas at Austin offers a guide for instruction librarians, including how to create a lesson plan and more tips.
- Merlot includes a whole section on libraries and information literacy instruction, including multiple webinars and resources.
- With the rise of distance learning in higher education, it’s no surprise that online learning is important for information literacy instruction. This post offers teaching tips for online learning.
- A subset of online learners, me included, take asynchronous courses. This post offers tips for these types of classes.
- This post compares Ruzuku and Canvas, two learning management systems.
- Dianne Hope explores the concepts furthered by Robert Gagne, a guy that brought a systematic approach to instructional design. This post introduces his concepts, then offers an online course for his 9 events of instruction and a video with more knowledge.
- Allison offers a series on Flipping the Classroom, a concept that is showing promise in library instruction.
- Inquiry-based learning, explored in this helpful blog post, is a teaching model that I think is especially useful for library instructors. Most information literacy courses seek to introduce resources by using actual research scenarios that meet the needs of students. It’s also a useful concept to keep in mind when considering the flipped classroom.
- Sometimes the best way to teach better is to remember your best experiences as a student. That’s what Bob Mulcahy offers in his list of qualities of memorable courses, gathered from others’ suggestions.
- You know how I love me some Ted Talks. So I have to throw in Tiffany Shogren’s blog post that lists Ted Talks for instructional designers. A quality list for anyone who teaches classes, in my opinion.
- This final post, from Bonnie Covelli, discusses the differences between teaching adults and younger students.
- Elham suggests giving students a visual road map to your course, empowering students to learn responsibility for their education (key for flipped classrooms) and how to engage in self-directed learning (essential for distance learning).
- Daniel Chesney offers a bunch of great resources in a LibGuide based on his presentation at 2014 conference. It includes a Prezi, videos and a bibliography of resources.
- Need help spicing up your instruction presentation? This post offers a list of free interactive presentation tools.