Practical Pedagogy for Library Instructors: Designing Innovative Library Instruction

Friday, June 25, 2010, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Washington, D.C.

Intended for those teaching in information literacy programs who have limited to basic knowledge of pedagogy or instructional design, this active session will be based on a broad discussion of pedagogical approaches to library instruction.  Though grounded in theory, this will be a very “hands-on” workshop with a strong focus on activity.  Attendees will have the opportunity to become familiar with basic pedagogical theory and understand its application to the library instruction classroom, while engaging in useful lesson planning. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Learners will be able to discuss the difference between direct instruction and student-centered instruction.  This outcome provides the basis for the entire workshop.  Information will be provided to attendees by brief presentations and guided discussion regarding two theoretical approaches to instruction – Direct Instruction and Student-Centered Learning.  Attendees’ knowledge will be assessed via group engagement with and discussion of applied scenarios.
  • Learners will be able to compare instructional strategies and select methodologies as appropriate. The consequences of theoretical approaches will be provided via short presentations.  Learner engagement will be facilitated by small group discussion of open-ended scenarios.  Narrative assessment will occur as small groups report back to the larger group regarding applications of the principles under discussion.
  • Learners will be able to design instruction based on appropriateness for the learning situation. The final activity of the workshop will engage small groups of students as they create a mini-lesson using the principles presented in the early parts of the workshop.  This guided activity will culminate with an opportunity for peer assessment as groups present their lesson plans.

Speakers: Doug Cook, Reference Librarian/Professor, Shippensburg University; Ryan L. Sittler, Instructional Technology/Information Literacy Librarian / Assistant Professor, California University of Pennsylvania

How to Register:
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