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Active Learning in Library Instruction (TLA)

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Jane Stimpson

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Active Learning in Library Instruction
Incorporating active learning
Less technology / time
Active learning and library instruction
What is active learning?
Take a minute or two and talk with someone sitting nearby:

What do you think active learning is?
Why is it important in library instruction?
What is active learning?

Active learning in every classroom

Tying learning to assignments

Some definitions of active learning
Jane Stimpson
San Jacinto College South

"Instructional activities involving students in doing things and thinking about what they are doing" (Bonwell & Eison, 1991)
" Active learning involves the student in talking and listening, reading, writing, and reflecting; activities that can be performed alone or in combination" (Dabbour, 1997)
"Active learning simply involves having learners do something, write something, say something, play games, get up, move around, interact, and take part in learning something, as well as in thinking about their own learning" (Grassian & Kaplowitz, 2001)
"Pedagogy for an information literacy program...advances learning through collaborative and experiential-learning activities" (ACRL, 2012)
Characteristics of Programs of Information Literacy
that Illustrate Best Practices: A Guideline
More technology / time
Little technology / time
Most technology / time
Collaborative learning
More technology / time
Word memorization icebreaker
Stand Up / Sit Down Boolean Logic
Keyword brainstorming
Independent work on research
Concept mapping
Flipped lesson plans
Two birds with one stone: active learning and assessment
Planning active learning in your class:
Learning objectives


Project Information Literacy
report (2013):
74% of students "struggled with selecting keywords and formulating efficient search queries."
Individual, group, or class brainstorming and recording

Assignment topic or sample topic

Students gain confidence, practice, and specific keywords for their topic
Stand up if you fit these conditions:
"Cooperative learning is one variety of active learning which structures students into groups with defined roles for each student and a task for the group to accomplish"
(Keyser, 2000)
Opportunities for cooperative learning
Divide students into groups:
By seating arrangement
Count off
Pre-assigned group project teammates
Jigsaw: home groups and expert groups
Sample group tasks:
Keyword brainstorming
Evaluate information sources
Primary vs secondary sources
Anatomy of a journal article
Anatomy of a textbook
Aspects of database searching
Concept mapping
Individual or group activity

Concept maps help students brainstorm, organize, and focus ideas about research topic

Can be done in class or as part of a flipped lesson plan
Homework assignment embedded in LibGuide and Blackboard
Google Form to assess class learning objectives
Keyword brainstorming
Lela Evans
El Centro College

Tying learning to assignments
Non-Spontaneous Questions (Cephalonian Method)
NoodleTools Note card
Building a citation
6 tables:

ACRL Framework for Information Literacy

Active Learning


2 tables are open topics: discuss anything you like related to information literacy instruction
Discuss for 15 minutes and Recorder will report back to the group. Then switch to another table.
Reframing Information Literacy
Designing Digital Badges to Generate Engaged Learning
Craig Gibson and Trudi Jacobson
Active Learning in Library Instruction
Lela Evans and Jane Stimpson
Information Literacy Unconference
Pre-conference attendees and facilitators
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