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WAPL - Continuing Education in Your Pajamas -- New Technologies Bring New Opportunities

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on Thursday, May 01, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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John DeBacher -- in his pajamas -- provided an overview and reviewed the history of using technology for CE. There are different models, including two-way (synchronous or interactive) and asynchronous -- which might include program that are canned, queued up and can be experienced at leisure. Some presentations, as in OPAL, begin synchronous and become asynchronous. Interactive gets questions answered, asynchronous is available when convenient -- overcoming space-time problems.Obstacles and disadvantages include distractions of the home environment, lack of interaction with peers that occurs at real conferences.Anna Palmer, Outreach Specialist UW-SLIS - 3 options for online CE via SLIS website Graduate level courses - many electives classes are online, though three core courses still need to be taken in Madison - students can enroll as special students and try grad level classes onlineContinuing education - there are 7 or 8 classes each semester, 2 or 3 for director certification, 4 or...

WAAL 2008: Reinventing the Library Class Session

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on Thursday, April 17, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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Eliot Finkelstein, Carrie Nelson, Trisha Prosise (UW-Madison's College Library)Background "One-shots" - single 50-minute sessions - many, many of us teach theseLibrary instruction "module" is integrated by mandate into certain required courses at UW-Madison2006: 4,300 students get online tutorial followed by 50-minute sessionLibrarians were repeating content in tutorial and in-person sessions - taking up timeGot to a point that script was a Frankenstein's monster, after multiple re-writesStarted with desired outcomes, rather than jumping into the "fun part"Literature search - Deb Gilchrist (assessment expert)Bloom's taxonomy - set 7 learning outcomesDemonstration3 volunteers from audience were taught in the old way (told how to complete all the steps, then did it), then 3 volunteers that had been waiting in the hallway were taught in the new way (why this might be important to you, you won't be able to do it correctly the first time, but I'll step in to talk you through it)Scenario: How...

WAAL 2008: Integrating and assessing information literacy

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on Wednesday, April 16, 2008 in WLA Blog Archive
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WAAL Information Literacy Award presentationDave Dettman, Coordinator of IL and Outreach, UW-Green BayUW System now looking at student learning assessment tools: iSkills, Project SAILS, ILTAssessing learning outcomes is more difficult for IL than subject areasHow well is IL integrated into the curriculum at your campus?"Assessment Loop" - want to complete all steps (goals, measurement, etc.), and close the loop (set new goals) - funders want to see thisAccreditation agencies starting to look at IL-related skillsFaculty had been afraid of IL - confusing it with technology literacy - can student use x piece of software/hardware?We've been doing "one-shot" instruction sessions for a long time - faculty are used to thisNeeded to document students' poor understanding of IL concepts for faculty who think that students have these skillsNeed to approach library databases differently than the Wild West Web, not in same way that you'd ask one another a questionAction plan: Make failure visible,...