In conjunction with their launch of the “DisCo" — a highly-collaborative, technology-rich classroom — the library is organizing an informal reading group to talk about active learning technologies.
Open to faculty and librarians, the group will meet monthly to discuss a variety of technological tools and how they can be used to better engage students in the classroom. Please email Trish McPherson with any questions.
Spring 2015 schedule
Thursday, February 5, 2:30 - 3:30
Topic: Problem-Based Learning
Reading: Karen Munro's "Modified Problem-Based Library Instruction" (2008)
Thursday, March 5, 2:30 - 3:30
Topic: Assignment Design
Reading: Kimberly Mullins' "Good IDEA: Instructional Design Model for Integrating Information Literacy" (2014)
Fall 2014 schedule
Thursday, December 11, 2:00 - 3:00
The next meeting of the Active Learning Technologies Reading Group will consider how a problem-based learning (PBL) approach to information literacy instruction may increase student motivation and lead to better learning outcomes. We've got one article for discussion:
And if you're curious to learn more about PBL, check out this resource from the Stanford Center for Teaching and Learning. We encourage participants to bring other news articles or video links to the discussion. RSVPs are not required but are greatly appreciated. Please email Trish McPherson if you plan to attend.
Friday, October 31, 2:00 - 3:00
For our first meeting, we'll start with a discussion of “Why Active Learning?” to look at the role of technology in the classroom and consider its potential and its limitations. The articles for discussion include:
- Tech Basics for Active, Collaborative Learning
- 7 Things You Should Know About Collaborative Learning Spaces
- Why a leading professor of new media just banned technology use in class
We encourage participants to bring other news articles or video links to the discussion. RSVPs are not required but are greatly appreciated. Please email Trish McPherson if you plan to attend.