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)
What’s your method for determining if any particular edtech is likely to help you and colleagues achieve desired outcomes. Here are some ideas for a more methodical approach to determining the efficacy of educational technology. Continue reading Does It Work: Five Checks for Efficacy
Here’s information about a free webinar on instructional design Continue reading Georgia Public Library Offering Free Webcast on Instructional Design for Librarians
Are you having success with gamification at your library, perhaps in conjunction with instruction activity or the curation of learning activity? Or did you try it and give up in frustration. According to some experts, we are still trying to figure out whether gamification lives up to the hype. Continue reading Going With Gamification or Giving Up?
If instructors were recognized and rewarded for experimenting with and adopting new educational technologies in their classrooms that could significantly change Blended Librarians’ ability to work collaboratively with faculty for greater use of library and non-library learning technology. The current system is the problem not the solution Continue reading What’s Holding Back Faculty Adoption of EdTech?
Student distraction is a significant problem. Well, a problem perhaps for the librarian-educator. Not so much for the students who have some interesting opinions about their use of the devices that lead to distraction. A new study sheds some light on the degree to which electronic distraction is happening, and it may encourage Blended Librarians to consider how to use their skills to keep students focused on learning, participating, discussing, and achieving engagement with the class. Continue reading Dealing With Digitally Distracted Students
Most of you probably don’t remember BLAAM – a modification to ADDIE introduced by John Shank and Steven Bell in their 2007 book Academic Librarianship by Design. A CFP for a new book on instructional design in libraries demonstrates that librarians remain enthusiastic about the integration of instructional design into the practice of librarianship. Continue reading Remembering BLAAM – Librarians and Instructional Design
Did you know there is a National Educational Technology Plan? While it mostly addresses the K-12 learning environment there’s worthwhile information here for academic blended librarians. Today’s K-12 students are our future students, so it’s valuable to see how edtech is developing in their learning environment. Continue reading Yes – There is a National EdTech Plan
Are you looking for new forms of pedagogy that might change the way you deliver this instruction? This new study identifies ten new pedagogies and offers examples of how they are being used – or could be used in the future – by educators. Continue reading Exploring New Pedagogies (Even Futuristic Ones)
I was interested to see what Marc Prensky, the educational technology advocate, had to say about Toyama’s book. Blended librarians bring together skills in research, information technology and instructional design. I believe this positions them to be good leaders at their institutions to collaborate with faculty, educational technologists and those working across the spectrum of academic support services, to identify and implement thoughtful technology applications that will contribute to enhanced student learning. Continue reading Educational Technology as Amplifier