Insights From the 2016 ECAR Study

Have you seen the latest ECAR report on undergraduate use of technology? If not, it's worth taking a look at to gain better insight into how our students are using technology, what their expectations are and what their classroom experience is with technology. I share some highlights from the 2016 report.
 

Encouraging Faculty To Adopt OER: Takeaways From Day One at Open Ed ’16

Why don't more faculty adopt OER? What can we do to encourage them to do so? I spent day one at the Open Ed '16 Conference hearing from faculty and librarians who are trying to answer these questions. Here's what I learned.
 

Conversations With Blended Librarians: The Instructional Design Librarian

Recorded on Thursday, October 13, 2016 this is the first of a series of conversations with Blended Librarians. In these sessions we will explore the role of the Blended Librarian by discussing with our guests how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian.
 

Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

Blended Librarians should rightly be promoting the adoption of OER and open textbooks at their institutions. What about our own instruction? Where are the open textbooks we'd want to use? This post points to two open textbooks that give Blended Librarians new options for pointing students (and their faculty) to an open resource.
 

Testing the Value of Librarian Interventions Is No Easy Task

Have you ever considered conducting a quasi-experimental research project in order to determine if one of your learning interventions helped students to be academically successful. It can be a powerful way to demonstrate Blended Librarian value, but there are pitfalls to be aware in order to avoid them. Here are some ideas on how to avoid the most common pitfalls that doom experimental research to failure.