Dynamic one-shot library instruction

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/20/2014

Contact:

Dan Freeman
eLearning Manager
ALA Publishing
editionscoursehelp@ala.org

CHICAGO ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse Dynamic One-Shot Instruction. Heidi Buchanan and Beth McDonough will serve as instructors for a four-week facilitated eCourse starting on July 14, 2014.

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.

The eCourse includes synchronous and asynchronous small group discussions. Save the date for a live webinar from 3 - 4:30 PM EST (make-up session: Monday, Aug. 11 from 3 - 4:30 PM EST) on Tuesday, Aug. 5.

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 Instructors

Heidi Buchanan, a MSLS graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill and head of research and instruction services at Western Carolina University, is a graduate of ACRL Immersion and is certified as a master trainer by the State Library of North Carolina.

Beth McDonough holds an MLIS from UNC-Greensboro and is completing a dissertation about critical information literacy for an Ed.D in Leadership of Curriculum and Instruction from Western Carolina University. She is a National Board certified teacher in school library media and is a research and instruction librarian at Western Carolina University.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on July 14, 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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