Theresa Westbrock, Instruction and Reference Coordinator, and Felipe Castillo, Business and Government Documents Librarian, gave a successful presentation “Distributing Your Craft: Scaling Quality Instruction” at the 43rd Annual LOEX Conference in Denver, CO. LOEX, Library Orientation Exchange, is the internationally recognized library instruction conference. In their presentation, Theresa and Felipe discussed two models they developed for improving the quality of face-to-face instruction, both scalable to large numbers of students. The first strategy incorporates a flipped classroom model; the second strategy leverages interactive tutorials in order to save class time for covering higher-order concepts. Both of these have shown success in improving the quality and meaning of the students’ interaction with the library and the research process.
From their abstract: “We created a set of ten modules, called Research Diaries, to embed parts of the research process into the course learning management system, Canvas. This process allows librarians to focus on higher-order research concepts during the face-to-face library instruction session because students have already started the research conversation. The second strategy leverages interactive tutorials in order to save class time for covering higher-order concepts. Due to limited class time, we developed several interactive tutorials using Adobe Captivate to guide students through the steps of searching specialized databases. More class time is now devoted to discussing business concepts, such as market segmentation and financial ratios.”
Their presentation was one of the few chosen to be rebroadcast to a much wider audience as a virtual session in June. See more at http://www.loexconference.org/program.html