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Synchronous and asynchronous eCourse beginning July 14, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough
Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!
Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.
This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.
Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request
Meaningful library instruction in 50 minutes? No problem.
Faced with planning your one-shot library instruction, you no doubt feel hard-pressed to squeeze in all your library has to offer plus tips on the research process in a mere 50 minutes. Authentic learning with student interaction may seem unattainable. It’s not. The keys are communicating clearly with the course instructor, developing a realistic plan, and employing effective teaching strategies. With more than 30 years' combined experience in teaching information literacy, Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough have designed an eCourse where you will experience effective learning activities yourself and be ready to prepare your own.
The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar on Tuesday, August 5 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST (make-up session: Monday, August 11 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST).
- Participants will develop effective communication and collaboration strategies in order to co-design information literacy sessions with course instructors
- Participants will employ active learning strategies and classroom assessment techniques in order to facilitate meaningful learning
- Participants will match the best hands-on activities to the students’ stage in the research process in order to make information literacy instruction relevant and meaningful
Week One: Communication and Collaboration with Course Instructors
- Perceptions and misperceptions
- Conversation starters
- Push back without being pushy
- The instruction interview
- How and when to say NO!
Week Two: Creating a Realistic Plan
- Teaching vs. covering
- Usefulness and relevance to the students
- Threshold concepts
- Ditch the demo
- About learning objectives…
- Timing is everything
Week Three: Active learning strategies
- Online Jigsaw—experience an active learning technique and learn about additional strategies
- One minute Paper
- Gallery walk
- Concept maps and graphic organizers
- Case studies
- Role Play
Week Four: Assessment
- Why bother?
- Classroom assessment techniques
- Making use of the data
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on July 14, 2014. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week as well as participation in one of two live webinars held on Tuesday, August 5 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST or Monday, August 11 from 3:00-4:30 PM EST. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to
Instructors Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on July 14 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
- Read, listen to or view online content
- Post to online discussion boards
- Complete weekly assignments or activities
Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructors
Heidi Buchanan, a MSLS graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and Head of Research and Instruction Services at Western Carolina University, is a graduate of ACRL Immersion and is certified as a master trainer by the State Library of North Carolina.
Beth McDonough holds an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro, and is completing a dissertation about critical information literacy for an Ed.D in Leadership of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Carolina University. She is a National Board certified teacher in school library media and is a research and instruction librarian at Western Carolina University.