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Extending the Learning Process: Using the Theory of Connectivism to Inspire Student Collaboration

Presented by Melissa Mallon at the Kansas Library Association College & University Libraries Section Conference 10/5/12

Melissa Mallon

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Transcript of Extending the Learning Process: Using the Theory of Connectivism to Inspire Student Collaboration

Extending the Learning Process:
Using the Theory of Connectivism
to Inspire Student Collaboration
Melissa Mallon
Coordinator of Library Instruction
Wichita State University Libraries
KLA CULS Fall Conference
05 October 2012
The "Traditional" Ways
+ flexible learning
+ peer collaboration
Connectivism in Context
Participant centered
Prior experience
Peer-to-Peer Learning
Individual, self-paced learning
Personal responsibility
Learning is context-sensitive
Why Learning Theories?
Guide library instruction
Foster connections
Teach the research process
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Principles of Connectivism
social & digital
learning networks
learning occurs in short bursts
driven by needs
uses social media
& emerging tech
Social Media
CC Image Courtesy of Matt Hamm on Flickr
Compliments connectivist learning
Cultivates a sense of community
Facilitates critical thinking
Part I:
Library Instruction
Part 2:
Research Worksheet
Part 3:
Contribution to a Research Guide
Students will be able to:
use various search tools to retrieve information in a variety of formats (article, book, website) in order to complete their library scavenger hunt.
identify where to find research help in order to complete papers and assignments for this class.
participate in collaborative research with classmates in order to build on the research findings of others.
Completed individually or in groups
Consultation with instructor and librarian
Lesson Plan:
Introduce library resources for books; literature databases; print journals, and developing topics
Library assignment
A new theory emerges ...
Social Media
A social discussion board for students to share questions and answers related to 19th century American literature.
Plan Your Lesson
Friendly Reminders
Identify Potential Collaborators
Look for established relationships
Plan ahead
Student learning outcomes
Work within your time constraints
Collaborate on worksheet
Make a detailed handout
Don't forget to save!
A Little Feedback
" ... things that come up in class ... we can work through them together, students can help each other."
"This scavenger hunt actually made me think!"
- a student
- Dr. Engber (instructor)
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