Presentation on theme: "LIBRARY TOOLS FOR TEACHING KATE PETERSON, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES SHANNON KLUG, WRITING STUDIES September 2, 2009."— Presentation transcript:
LIBRARY TOOLS FOR TEACHING KATE PETERSON, UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES SHANNON KLUG, WRITING STUDIES September 2, 2009
Agenda Research skills of Undergraduates Tools for Teaching Assignment Calculator UThink blogs
IS RESEARCH HARDER OR EASIER TODAY?
Undergraduate Students Start with Google and Wikipedia Little discipline knowledge Never used an academic library (may not have had librarian or library training in high school) No knowledge of scholars or how scholarly communication works
Library Tools for Teaching 1. Unravel the Libraries (FYW) series of workshops 2. CourseLib-page of library resources for your class 3. Chat with a Librarian (24/7) Click on “Chat” in upper left corner of Library website 4. E-reserves
E-reserves Can be used for a variety of materials When licensed resources are linked inside e-reserve course pages, instructors no longer need to include them in traditional course packs Not paying royalties on licensed articles saves students money! Statistics show that students use e-reserves heavily Submit PDFs or clean, single-sided paper copies Library will evaluate non-licensed documents for fair use
Peer Research Consultants (Pilot) Partnership with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence and the SMART Learning CommonsMulticultural Center for Academic ExcellenceSMART Learning Commons PRCs have completed WRIT 1301 Extensive training in information literacy, tutoring and cultural competencies Hired three students for Fall
Peer Research Consultants (Pilot) Available for one-on-one appointments and drop- ins in early October SMART Learning Commons and MCAE PRC can help with research Selecting and narrowing a topic Finding Books and articles Finding scholarly articles Evaluating sources Basic citation creation
Assignment Calculator Debuted in 2002 Created in partnership with Center for Writing and Center for Teaching and Learning Goal: Break down research and writing process for students into deadlines (get reminders) New beta version in 2009: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/ https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/
Assignment Calculator-New Features Customize assignments for your class Research Paper Poster Media/Video Add, delete, edit steps Add course specific readings, etc. to a step Move assignment online (where students live) Students can sign up to get reminders
Change the dates Edit/add/delete steps Get URL for your assignment Post in WebVista/Moodle to students Put in syllabi Hand out in class
Reasons to use a blog in your class Takes learning and engagement with classmates outside of the classroom Asynchronous Participatory / student centric Encourages collaboration Easy to share multi-media (links, images, video, etc.) Learn how to write for a public forum
UThink Upgrade UThink blogs are hosted by University Libraries Upgraded to MT 4.25 on June 15, 2009 UThink now has a whole bunch of new features (including tagging, page creation, custom fields, etc.) Example of new template
Things to consider Will you have one blog for the class or will students have individual blogs? How will you measure/encourage participation? Privacy and anonymity Will you moderate comments? What will you do with the blog after the semester ends? Can be labor intensive What will you do with incorrect content / information?