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1 EMPOWERING STUDENTS TO DRIVE THEIR OWN LEARNING THROUGH USING INTERACTIVE ONLINE GUIDES Breanna Hamm Alissa Talley-Pixley June 8, 2012

2 Presentation Objectives Our learning process of the importance of frequent evaluation Discuss your own experiences creating creative learning materials Share our best practices

3 Background: Our Facilities Three facilities in University of Michigan Library system o Faculty Exploratory  Faculty and workshops o Knowledge Navigation Center  Graduate students, staff, faculty consultations o Tech Deck  Primarily undergraduate walk-in and poster printing

4 Background: Who Are We? Director, Academic Technologies Group Instructional Technology Librarian Senior Instructional Technologist Instructional Technologist Graduate student: University Library Associate Student staff Patron

5 How we Support Patrons Print handouts Lib Guides Workshops One-on-one appointments

6 Philosophy: Teaching and Learning Patron-driven How-to, not for you Learning as a Process o Various resources are provided to help along the way

7 Supporting Learning Theories Multiple Intelligence (Howard Gardner) o Every Learner is Unique Universal Design Learning o Create Learning for Everyone o Multiple Means of Representation of Materials  Help ALL Learners

8 Big Questions We let patrons have a choice during face-to-face learning sessions, but what about after they have left? Do our resources fit our philosophy of having patrons “drive” learning?

9 Pair and Share! What would you do to help us answer our questions? How can we facilitate patron-driven learning? What resources could we provide to patrons?

10 Development Time for us to be creative! o Take advantage of tools available o As a university library, we have access to LibGuides  Easy to use (instructors, patrons) LibGuides allow for other interactive elements... Introduction of downloadable PDFs, outside links, and instructional videos

11 Focus Groups: Resource Usage

12 Usability: Usable & creative resources

13 Continued Improvement of Guides Adjusted guides based on findings Addition of Instructional Technologist to Academic Technology Group

14 Our newly renovated LibGuides! RefWorks Word For Dissertation

15 Challenges Large Audience o Ubiquitous for all students/majors Research vendor learning objects o Copyright, usage, remix Creation of Materials o Available Tools/Equipment/Software o Text amount vs. precision of directions o Time and Planning

16 Next Steps Continued evaluation of resources o Stats of pages o Continue to transition our guides from what they were to what they are - allowing patrons more options to learn, drive and be creative o Future assessments of guides  Research Study

17 Tools to use LibGuides o Wiki, GoogleSites, webpages Instructional Videos o Vendor videos, existing videos o Created in-house  ScreenFlow, Camtasia, Jing PDFs o Existing o Created in-house  Acrobat, InDesign, Word Links o Existing Sites (Lynda.com, Adobe.com) o Colleague Guides

18 Take-Aways Patron-Driven Learning o How do we support this? Needs Assessment of Guides o Are they drivable? Usability Testing o Ask patrons!

19 Questions? Alissa Talley-Pixley: Breanna Hamm: Guides: guides.lib.umich.edu Refworks Word for Dissertation More to come!


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