Learner-Centered Reference and Instruction: Science, Psychology, and Inclusive Pedagogy
This course will introduce library practitioners to empirically sound approaches to learner-centered teaching that can be applied to creating effective reference and instruction services that maximally facilitate student learning. The first part of the course will be devoted to understanding the current science of how students learn from the perspective of cognitive and educational psychology, and concrete ways that library practitioners can apply this learning to the library context. The second part of course will deal with motivational aspects of learning: What does the psychological research say about what makes students want to learn, and how can we use this research to motivate information literacy learning? The final part of the course will cover issues of diversity and inclusive pedagogy from within the framework of culturally responsive pedagogy: In a diverse educational landscape, how can we construct our teaching so that it includes, rather than alienates, as many students as possible?
The aim of this course is to give librarians the tools to feel more confident in their instructional strategies and ability to support student-centered learning. Not only will the course introduce participants to scientifically grounded pedagogies, but will lead them through exercises to concretely apply these theories to their own library contexts. This course will be of interest to any librarian who engages in reference or teaching, and is unique in providing a current overview of the current educational literature alongside practical strategies.
- Participants will be able to apply their understanding of the cognitive science of learning to information literacy instruction and reference services.
- Participants will be able to practice inclusive and culturally responsive pedagogies.
- Participants will be able to increase student motivation by utilizing approaches from the psychological literature.
Who Should Attend
The target audience includes any librarian working directly with patrons in a substantive pedagogical role. This would include reference & instruction librarians in an academic context; public librarians who teach community courses; and K-12 school media specialists. Within academic libraries, this course may particularly benefit reference librarians in a classic liaison role, information literacy, teaching and learning librarians, and librarians focused on first-year undergraduate instruction.
- $130 for RUSA members
- $175 for ALA members
- $210 for non-ALA members
- $100 for student members and retired members
How to Register
Questions about your registration should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Andrea Hill, RUSA Web Manager, at email@example.com.
Thank you and we look forward to your participation!