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Synchronous and asynchronous eCourse beginning October 26, 2015 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.
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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.
Participants will have the option to attend on either Wednesday, November 11 or Thursday, November 12. Both webinars will take place from 3:00-4:00 pm Eastern time.
The webinars will also be recorded, so if you are unable to attend live, you will be able to access the archive.
- 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 October 26, 2015. Your participation will require approximately six hours a week as well as participation in a live webinar. 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 October 26 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 Research and Instruction Librarian/Professor 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 Ed.D. from Western Carolina University and a MLIS from UNC-Greensboro. She is Research and Instruction Librarian/Associate Professor at Western Carolina University.
Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough are the authors of the popular One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide published by ALA Editions in 2014.