Final Reflections

It has been a super-informative class. I have learned a lot about myself and various teaching methods. More about how to provide clear instruction by being intentional and using a good outline and plan. In addition, I have learned about different teaching methods, including incorporation of various technical tools for online instruction.  I think my confidence has grown by preparing tutorials and thinking through current topics in instructional methods. In addition, I now have some tools and resources to move forward in my LIS career which I hope will include excellent instruction.

Thank you.

Instructional Session Reflection

My experience with the Instructional Session work was very positive. I enjoyed working with the members of my group. I do feel that we all contributed and worked well together.  It was nice to be able to rely on the input of other group members and have different perspectives included. The challenge of being at a distance for the group work was not too difficult online. We worked using Google Docs and via email. I think it might have been nice to do FaceTime or Skype but schedules and needs were difficult to get that matched up. I found the use of blackboard a little bit prohibitive in terms of getting very up to date messaging — without having to go into that system which was fairly time consuming versus a simple text message or email message.  Otherwise, I think the experience was positive.

The Future of Information Literacy

Here is my prediction on the future of information literacy: Things will change and yet they will stay the same. The role of consumer technology will continue to impact information literacy. For example, portable laptop computers, tablets and handheld devices are becoming more and more common and affordable. However that doesn’t mean that all members of our community have access to such devices or computers. I foresee libraries still playing a critical role in making information available via technology through public facilities. Perhaps there will not be as my paper resources. But again, I don’t see the printed materials completely going away any time soon.

Many children are growing up using devices and are comfortable using electronic resources. This is more and more the norm. I think that the role of the library will continue to be critical in being a resource for the community in having access to information. Librarians will serve as facilitator and teacher as it relates to using new tools. Our skills as librarians will have to be current and in a constant state of update and learning.

Teaching Philosophy

My teaching philosophy is to present the most current and diverse sets of information I can find  to my students. To be sure and  fulfill the details provided in the course description. I think its important to respect the students and their investment of time and energy in their learning goals. I would deliver information in a variety of formats so that I can reach students who may have different learning styles.

I think it is very important to get to know my students and listen to their needs but also to use my experience and expertise to guide the students appropriately. Since I am teaching library skills it will be important to provide as many perspectives as possible and to be sure to consider information and methods that may not be typically used.  My style is to stay open to learning and growing myself and to remain positive and creative in a classroom.

Universal Design of Online Learning

If I go back and review the YouTube tutorial and thinking about the presentation using concepts outlined in Universal Design — I think the presentation meets some of the recommendations including using clear concepts that are planned out with goals that are spelled out. In addition, text is used along with video demonstration.

First, the text used was an easy to read font, the color selected was white on dark — which for some would be difficult to read but was fitting with the visual examples provided. The audio complimented the information presented and was clear and easy to understand — the microphone was of good quality as there were no issues with sound. The concepts and instructions were provided both using audio and text. The steps were sequential and orderly. The video was not shown with captions on but that could potentially be done on individual computers. Examples were provided so that learners could see the lesson played out.

Additional information was provided at the end of the presentation. However, the information was provided fairly quickly in the tutorial so, the viewer would have to pause the presentation and take screen shows and/or write the additional information down to further explore the supplemental information given.

This Week in the News

This week, I will highlight an article that is in the “Faculty Focus” a publication described as a higher ed teaching strategies blog.  This particular article has to do the review of a teaching practices tool. The title of the blog entry is:

Teaching Practices Inventory Provides Tool to Help You Examine Your Teaching. It was reviewed by Maryellen Welmer, PhD.

The blog entry talks about this assessment – was developed for math and science but the author suggests that it can be used for other subjects. Here is the link to the article:

“The inventory takes 10 to 15 minutes to complete (53% of the research cohort took it in 10 minutes or less) and is designed for use by individual faculty. It is a self-report inventory, with the power to promote a comprehensive review of and reflection on teaching practices. Inventory items are organized into eight categories: 1) course information provided to students; 2) supporting materials provided to students; 3) in-class features and activities; 4) assignments; 5) feedback and testing; 6) other (such as pre-post testing); 7) training and guidance of TAs; and 8) collaboration or sharing in teaching.”

I think that assessments and inventory tools can be helpful for instruction. It is difficult to keep up to date on the subject of assessment and evaluation. And so this summary is a welcome preview.

Teaching Perspectives Inventory

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I took the Teaching Perspectives Inventory. The instrument is meant to focus on a specific perspective when taking the test. For example, I took the assessment to see how I might understand my own teaching methods and style and how can I improve and as part of my Instructional Methods course.

When looking at my profile – it looked fairly flat. And according to the developers of the tool, this could be because I am new to instruction. I scored higher on the “Transmission” Section and not as high on the Social Reform. I feel that in my position as a librarian, it is my job to provide information and not necessarily provide social direction. So the fact that this perspective is more recessive seems appropriate. The Developer and the Nurturer is also slightly higher than the Social Reformer section.

I think that the validity of the test seems right to me.