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Asynchronous eCourse beginning July 7, 2014 and continuing for 5 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Dawn Stahura and Erin Milanese
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Estimated Hours of Learning: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request
After participating in this eCourse, you will:
- Understand how to adequately assess your instructional sessions
- Understand how you can incorporate popular-culture themes and narratives into one-shot instructional sessions and full-length information literacy courses
- Be able to create a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme
In this course, Dawn Stahura and Erin Milanese will offer you two tools that can make it easy to liven up your instructional sessions—popular culture and assessment. Learn how to incorporate pop culture into your instruction—through your weekly assignments, you’ll build a fully defined, one-shot instructional session using a popular-culture theme. Along the way, you’ll learn about how you can effectively assess your instruction by engaging with students to discover your strengths and weaknesses.
Week 1: Introductions, Assumptions We are Making and the Problem We are Facing
- To define information literacy instruction and active learning
- To identify typical problems in library instruction
Week 2: Solutions! Bringing Pop Culture Themes into Information Literacy
- To introduce various pop culture themes and how they can be used in library instruction
- To assess a past session and identify how it could be improved
Week 3: Scenario 1—Database Instruction
- To describe typical problems in database instruction and pop culture solutions
- To create ways to present database instruction
Week 4: Scenario 2—Evaluation and Citing Sources
- To introduce various methods of evaluation instruction
- To create your own evaluation lesson based on a pop-culture theme
Week 5: Assessing Your Sessions and Course Conclusion
- To describe how pop-culture themes can carry into session assessment
- To construct an assessment tool for use in a future class
How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on July 7, 2014. Your participation will require approximately three hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
Instructor Dawn Stahura and Erin Milanese will monitor discussion boards regularly during the five-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 7 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
Dawn Stahura is a Research Services Librarian at Simmons College, specializing in Africana Studies, Sociology, Education, Psychology, and Women and Gender Studies. She has taught information literacy courses using the premise of a zombie apocalypse to engage students in the material, and she currently teaches one-shot instructional sessions. Stahura recently co-authored the article “Teaching with Zombies: Bringing Information Literacy Back from the Dead,” which appeared in the July issue of C&RL News.
Erin Milanese is the Educational & Emerging Technologies Librarian at Goshen College and works with students and faculty on incorporating technology, such as iPads and the Moodle LMS, into the college curriculum. She has taught information literacy courses in online, face-to-face, and blended formats, and co-authored the article “Teaching with Zombies: Bringing Information Literacy Back from the Dead.”