Instruction and Info Lit reports, data, and materials on O drive.
Gen Ed update.
Rule of thumb: If we recognize Gen Ed IL skills by academic level, IL should be addressed in a skills-building sequence several times.
With gen ed reform:
For those who wish future generations of SU students will be better-prepared to engage with basic and advanced research, a reformed and enhanced gen ed structure would provide Information Literacy with a skills-building framework that would introduce lower-level, rudimentary research skills to students early on and foster higher-level, more sophisticated skills in the majors through to graduation. Ultimately, a reform makes this possible by book-ending (sorry, I AM a librarian) ongoing faculty development and formative and summative assessments made actionable by department Chairs and their faculty colleagues.
Without gen ed reform:
Our present gen ed’s twenty year old definition of Information Literacy is incorrect; student learning outcomes are not identified. There is no departmental APR mechanism or institutional effort at SU that compels academic units to address and assess the goal in earnest. And without a clearly defined goal and subsequent student learning outcomes, it is no wonder --our faculty have never had the tools they need to incorporate information literacy into coursework, which is how most of the learning happens.
Ultimately, one may ask why any of our current gen ed goals are listed at all as the current structure only serves to progress students through a minimal COMAR checklist of courses, which alone, is an educational sieve that has allowed generations of students to bypass gen ed goals.
I’d like us to do a couple of things before we meet this Thursday.
1. Please have a glance at ACRL’s web page: Association of College and Research Libraries Standards for Proficiencies for Instruction Librarians and Coordinators - http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/profstandards. Thursday’s meeting will focus on #8.1
2. Please read Jennifer Corbin’s brief section on lesson plans on pages 12 & 13 (yes, that's all!) within the CIL article Notes from the Field: 10 Short Lessons on One-Shot Instruction. Feel free to read the entire article, though.
At the meeting, be prepared to discuss your own methods of planning instruction. Although the instruction librarians teach hundreds of sessions each AY and reach thousands of students, we have few artifacts of what is being taught and how.
Benefits of creating lesson plans
Program assurance: Last year, most of us developed and then voted to adopt the Information Literacy Matrix, a set of information literacy student learning outcomes that are organized by academic level. Lesson plans help us to develop instruction based on those outcomes.
Before a class: In preparation of working with a class, lesson plans help us to leverage teaching content that is focused on our learning outcomes with time limitations. Planning also encourages/reminds us to check informally for evidence of student learning that takes place within our sessions. P.S. This kind of assessment is effective because Megan Oakleaf.
After a class: When compared with student survey responses, reflections can help us continuously improve our sessions.
Sharing experience: Lessons are opportunities to share creative teaching approaches, in-session exercises, ways of assessing, as well as challenges.
Librarian Performance: Lessons help librarians develop a teaching portfolio; teaching artifacts can help to build CVs and aid promotion.
Continued maintenance/enhancement: For any new instruction librarians, wouldn't it be nice to have record of what we do in ENGL 103, and to have an artifact around which folks who teach ENGL 103 sessions can update/maintain? Wouldn't it be nice to have record of Sarah's sessions for our new Business Librarian? When Ian takes over HIST, wouldn't it be nice for him to know what I've done in the library sessions that I have taught?
Proposal 1: I would like us to vote to use a customizable lesson plan template for one-shot sessions starting in the spring '17 semester.
Proposal 2: Contingent on proposal 1, I would like us to vote for instruction librarians to have guide editing privileges in order to store lessons within the Library Instruction Scheduling & Planning guide annually.
New laptop carts for 163 and 118!
Locking down classroom control panels; no trespassing signs in the meantime.
Communities of Practice - part library instruction safe space, part creativity sandbox, part decision-making tool
“From finding one person who gives you solid feedback to creating a programmatic instructor development initiative in your workplace (or both), the goal of a community of practice is to find individuals with whom you can connect productively around the issue of pedagogy and praxis.”
Booth, C. (2011). Reflective teaching, effective learning: Instructional literacy for library educators. Chicago, IL: ALA.
Instruction Program Mission; IL Goal; accreditation; university assessment; departments/programs;
IL student learning outcomes; IL oriented courses; assignment collaboration; library instruction;
We have: librarian intrinsic motivation; librarian job description (60% core responsibility for some; 240 instruction events with 4400 participants).
We need more professional motivation; annual performance evaluations that directly address teaching and compel librarians to reflect on year's work for continuous improvement; ditto forcriteria for promotion and tenure.
Once all of this is in place, we begin to grow more intentionally as teachers who each have a librarian educational philosophy as well as portfolios of individual instruction work.
A COP breaks from convene, discuss, vote meetings and instead encourages opportunities to enact what's described above.
Instruction Scheduling & Planning:
"Why change? Show us how SU's current Gen Ed doesn't work."
Lack of cohesion. Nothing lock-step about our curriculum. Disjointed approach to student course selection; over reliance on faculty advisors to get students to majors; no required intro courses and no real senior capstones.
IL has been one of the 5 Gen Ed learning goals ( a huge victory in itself)
2014 University assessment of Gen Ed showed student IL skills among lowest evaluated.
ENGL 103 is supposed to be a required gateway course.
School curriculum committees: New course proposals merely check an Information Literacy box.
Easybib purchased by Chegg last spring.
We will migrate to "Easybib.EDU." which retains all of the features that we currently have.
Free. No longer IP access; institution receives one coupon code that students use to log in.
Ad supported, no institutional branding.
Asked if coupon codes change and if so what is the frequency; if we migrate to EDU, will accounts carry over; can i trial EDU?
Chris and Learning with Technology Committee have been apprised; LTC will be the group to help find alternative if need be.
Review of Library Instruction Lesson Plan template.
Instruction Team provided suggestions to customize the template for our use. Cut the "Transition" sections. Provide less generic examples for each.
Discussion of where to upload lessons; group agreed on a Libguide organized by subject to store lessons each semester, going back two years.