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During February 2009...

Teaching and Learning Fair – Spring 2009

Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:54 pm

On Wednesday, February 25th the Wake Forest University Teaching and Learning Center sponsored a fair in Benson to provide an opportunity for members of the campus community to learn about the pedagogy, techniques, and tools currently in use by faculty. Lauren Pressley served as the representative from the ZSR Library and had an excellent display entitled “Teaching Information Skills in the 21st Century”. Lauren showed how librarians are using blogs, wikis, social networking sited and multimedia to create engaging learning environments for students. Many staff from the ZSR Library attended the event. Susan, Roz and I walked to Benson together and saw many other librarians engaged in conversations with the presenters.

Some of the displayed we saw at the fair included Leah Roy’s “ClassAct: Bringing Dramatic Literature to Life” which described an interdisciplinary theatre class that involves the ClassAct students acting out scenes from works related to the host class. Often the scene is delivered in a variety of ways that bring particular themes or concepts to light for the host class.

Sharon Woodard from Health and Excercise Science had a display on using the Turning Technologies Turning Point clickers in HES, and Jule Connolly from Mathematics had information about the newly formed “Math Center” to offer services similar to the Writing Center to Math students.

The fair was a great way to see what types of creative learning tools are already in use at Wake Forest, and it was a great place to get new ideas for engaging learners in the classroom!

Lauren at the Teaching and Learning Fair

Teaching and Learning Fair

Thursday, February 26, 2009 3:38 pm

Yesterday the Teaching and Learning Center hosted it’s annual Teaching and Learning Fair. The library had a booth, and as the library liaison, I chatted with attendees about some of the interesting and innovative ways that library staff teach their classes. Here are the slides that I used on the poster:

Many visitors were really interested in using blogs, wikis, google docs, or podcasting in their classes. In those cases, I made sure they had the information they needed in case they want to use the library hosted blogs/wikis/podcasts in their own classes.

The fair was a great opportunity to share what we’re doing, and talk up some of the tools and services we offer. Hopefully, we’ll see an increase in interest in some of these tools as a result of the fair. And if your faculty want to incorporate blogs, wikis, or podcasts, please let them know that we’re here to help!

Announcement

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:40 pm

The topic for this Friday is Teaching Styles. Roz will be leading the session and will go over the results for a teaching perspectives inventory. Please bring the results to class.

Day 5: Questions?

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:38 pm

This is just a space in case you have questions or comments on the different learning styles/intelligences that we discussed!

Day 5: Learning Styles / Multiple Intelligences

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 2:37 pm

On day 5, we discussed learning styles and multiple intelligences. As there are many theories on both these issues, and both overlap, we spent the first 15 minutes discussing trends between the two, and how to incorporate activities for people with strong learning preferences in each category.

From there, Roz took the helm, putting a chart on the white board so that people could mark their preferences accordingly. (I think she’s going to post a photo!)

updated:

Emerging Technologies: ALA eParticipation

Thursday, February 19, 2009 12:25 pm

Those of you who talk with me about ALA know that I feel very strongly about eParticipation, or allowing ALA members to participate virtually. So, it was great fun for me to pull together a talk on ALA’s eParticipation trends for this month’s Emerging Tech Talk. Here’s the presentation:

I was going for a few main ideas: the move towards eParticipation has a lot to do with an interest in making the organization more open and transparent, that eParticipation would allow more people to be involved, and that eParticipation isn’t too difficult. I also just wanted to touch on a few tools that folks are using so that everyone would at least recognize the names of them.

We talked about a number of tools, from Google Docs, Twitter, to CoverItLive. Susan found a funny comic when I was waxing poetic about how I love blogs and Twitter. :)

Out of this came several new talk ideas. Next month we’ll do Facebook, so if you have questions (about privacy settings, hooking it up to Twitter, etiquitte, etc) just send me an email, and I’ll incorporate it into the talk.

Another good idea was to take a few of these tools and do a session where we’re really actually using them. I’m looking into if that makes sense for the monthly Thursday Emerging Tech Talks, but might do stand alone sessions on them.

Please feel free to let me know if you have questions!

Update:

And here are the Twitter responses!
to share hellos with watchers

Categorization is key

Wednesday, February 18, 2009 5:37 am

“Any time we either produce or understand an utterance of any reasonable length, we are employing dozens if not hundreds of categories: categories of speech sounds, of words, of phrases and clauses, as well as conceptual categories. Without the ability to categorize, we could not function at all, either in the physical world or in our social and intellectual live” — George Lakoff – Women, Fire, and Dangerous Things.

Categories in the library staff wiki help us automatically organize our pages. There are special pages such as

that are automatically created when you use categories on your wiki pages. This makes it alot easier to find and re-find that important piece of information!

To create a category, enter the following tags at the bottom of you wiki pages [[category:name]]. For example, putting [[category:technology support]] on a page will have it automatically show up on the technology support page.

Tag away & have fun . . . . .

TLC Educational Technology Discussion Group

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 11:24 pm

This year I have been able to do a little more work with the Teaching and Learning Center as their library liaison. This has been fun for me, and a good chance to look for opportunities where the library and the TLC can work together on projects that help both organizations with our missions.

Today kicked off one of these projects, and one I’ve been looking forward to for a few semesters.

Every month, on the third Tuesday at 11:00 am, we’re holding an informal Educational Technology Discussion Group. This morning the TLC provided coffee, cookies, and chairs, and a group of 16 got together to discuss the use of educational technology. About half the group were teaching faculty, and the other half were ITGs.

This morning’s conversations focused on the uses of blogs and wikis to enhance out-of-class learning, multimedia projects, clickers, Sakai, and a number of other less widely-used tools. I was thrilled to hear that so many library hosted blogs and wikis have been positive experiences for the faculty in attendance, and glad to know that our willingness to go into classrooms to teach the nuts and bolts of these tools, along with multimedia and podcasting projects, has meant that faculty are more at ease using these tools in their classes.

We also talked about issues that I think of as intimately related to information literacy. The discussion touched on privacy issues, publishing in a Web 2.0 world, finding and creating information on the Internet, and information life skills (such as how to find information to teach oneself how to use a new technology). I tried to pipe up as much as was reasonable on these issues, because as far as I’m concerned, they’re all information literacy related.

Towards the end of the session we discussed how to get more faculty involved in doing these types of projects and joining the group. Two refrains I heard were to (1) help faculty realize that it really is easy to integrate these tools (2) help faculty realize that, if structured correctly, the use of some of these tools will actually save time in teaching/grading the course. These, to me, come down to instructional design issues, so now I’m mulling over how to make this case more effectively, and to a larger audience at the University.

I would love to see more library teachers there next time. I know we’re doing some amazing things with educational technologies in a number of our classes, and this would be a great venue to share ideas, get new ones, and let people know how the library can support this type of work. If you’re interested, here is the next meeting information:

EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY DISCUSSION GROUP MONTHLY MEETINGS
Date: Tuesday, March 17, 2009
Time: 11:00 A.M.
Location: Teaching and Learning Center, Room 330, ZSR Library

Announcement

Friday, February 13, 2009 11:55 am

The next class is on different intelligences and learning styles. Roz and I will both be leading this session and would like for you all to take a learning styles inventory before hand. Roz will go over the results on Friday!

Day 4: Questions?

Friday, February 13, 2009 11:53 am

This is just a space in case you have questions or comments on the different educational psychology issues we discussed!


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