Pearson’s Learning Design Principles

Here’s something unexpected. Pearson Education, a publishing and assessment giant, is giving open access to a set of 45 Learning Design Principles that are used by Pearson’s own instructional developers use to assess the quality of their educational technology products. Blended Librarians should take a look. Continue reading Pearson’s Learning Design Principles

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. Continue reading Insights From the 2016 ECAR Study

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

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. Continue reading Open Textbooks For Blended Librarians

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. Continue reading Testing the Value of Librarian Interventions Is No Easy Task

Beyond Instructional Designer to Learning Experience Designer

Learning Experience Designer (or LX Designer) is still quite rare a job position in higher education. It’s a blend of instructional designer and user experience design. But what exactly does an LX Designer do? A job description and EdSurge article may shed some light on that question. Continue reading Beyond Instructional Designer to Learning Experience Designer

Time Well Spent At the Teaching Academy

This spring I attended my Teaching & Learning Center’s Provost’s Teaching Academy. Me and mostly non-librarian faculty. Find out what my big takeaways were and why Blended Librarians have much to gain from attending a teaching academy. Continue reading Time Well Spent At the Teaching Academy

From “Design Thinking to Design Knowing” Webcast – Recording and References

Check out the recording of our webcast with Rachel Ivy Clarke on rethinking librarianship as a design profession. This post includes references on design and design thinking provided by Clarke. Continue reading From “Design Thinking to Design Knowing” Webcast – Recording and References

Knowing and Recommending Edtech Tools (even when you might not use them)

Do you like discovering and learning about new edtech tools? This column shares a few new ones – or at least new to this blogger. Should librarian-educators stick to the edtech they can use – or should they learn about the ones that might be useful to non-library faculty? Continue reading Knowing and Recommending Edtech Tools (even when you might not use them)