2014 Spring Workshop Recap

Michelle Millet, Library Director at John Carroll University, works with a group of librarians at IIG's Spring Workshop on May 30th, 2014.

Michelle Millet, Library Director at John Carroll University, works with a group of librarians at IIG’s Spring Workshop on May 30th, 2014.

Our spring workshop, “Back to Basics: Moving Library Instruction Forward,” sold out this year!

Michelle Millet, Immersion Faculty member and Library Director at John Carroll University, led an interactive session called “Doing it Backwards and Closing the Loop: Information Literacy, Backwards Design, and Assessment.” Michelle described how to use the backwards design model to start lesson planning by identifying learning goals first. As small groups, we were presented with instruction scenarios and practiced backwards design by defining what students need to be able to do to successfully complete their assignment, what we need to teach students, and what success looks like. For a more detailed description, please see a write-up by one of our attendees, Shannon Robinson from Denison University.

Vera Lux from Bowling Green State University presented a Lightning Talk on addressing multiple literacies with active learning. She took time to describe different types of literacy and several activities created to focus on a particular literacy. Visual literacy, for example, can be addressed with an activity that challenges students to determine whether an image is restricted under copyright and if so, to replace that image with another unrestricted image that expresses a similar idea.

Derek Zoladz’s and James Castrillo’s Lightning Talk described a project they developed to engage Columbus State Community College’s international students in a library orientation activity using iPads and Flickr. Student teams were given a mission with tasks to perform and photograph with an iPad that automatically uploaded the images to Flickr. Detailed information about their project, including the mission tasks, can be found online: http://library.cscc.edu/IIGworkshop.

Melissa Bauer, Kent State University, Stark Campus, discussed how to invigorate one-shots with problem based learning during her Lightning Talk. Melissa discussed the challenges she faced as an instructor –asking more open-ended questions and being less directive in order to allow students to construct knowledge.

For more details on the Lightning Talks, please check out part 2 of Shannon Robinson’s blog.

We finished up the day with a panel discussion about teaching with discovery layers. Our diverse panel included 2 librarians using Summon, Vera Lux from Bowling Green State University  and Deborah Tenofsky from the University of Cincinnati, and 2 librarians using EBSCO EDS, Joe Fox from Cedarville University and Christine Sheetz from Lorain County Community College. One of the surprising things the panelists reported was how useful a discovery layer can be for upper-level researchers. Graduate students and faculty usually search the major database for their discipline, but don’t often get interdisciplinary research. The discovery layer is proving to be a valuable addition for all types of researchers – not just beginners. Christine Sheetz and Kristen Peters have compiled a bibliography of useful resources about discovery layers on Zotero: https://www.zotero.org/groups/ohiodiscoverylayer. You are invited to join the group and add to the research collected here.

Thank you to all attendees – an engaged audience is an important ingredient for an effective learning environment. Also, thank you to our presenters for sharing their innovative ideas and for fostering great discussions.

We hope you all continue the conversations started at this workshop and share what you have learned with colleagues. Or you can continue the conversation here on our blog by writing a post inspired by any of the ideas hatched at the workshop or in further conversations. Let’s keep moving instruction forward!


Kristen Peters
IIG Planning Committee
Wittenberg University

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