New eCourse/eBook Bundle: Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction

For Immediate Release
Thu, 03/02/2017


Colton Ursiny

Administrative Assistant

ALA Publishing

Chicago—ALA Editions announces a new iteration of our popular eCourse, Dynamic One-Shot Library Instruction. Heidi Buchanan & Beth McDonough will serve as the instructors for a 4-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 1, 2017.

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.

Buchanan and McDonough are the authors of the popular One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide. The second edition, published in 2017, offers suggestions of how to incorporate The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education into one-shot sessions.

The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar. Dates for the webinars will be determined once the course begins. The webinars will also be recorded, so if you are unable to attend live, you will be able to access the archive.

Learning outcomes

  • 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

eCourse outline

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
    • Fishbowl
    • Think-pair-share
    • Gallery walk
    • Concept maps and graphic organizers
    • Case studies
    • Role Play
    • Games

Week Four: Assessment

  • Why bother?
  • Classroom assessment techniques
  • Making use of the data

About the Instructor

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. She is also a co-author of One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide.

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. She is also a co-author of One-Shot Library Instruction Survival Guide.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on May 1, 2017, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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