That Other Reason Students Spend Less On Course Material

There has been some debate about how much college students are spending annually on textbooks. What is less debatable is the continued rising costs of textbooks. Academic librarians are playing role in the changing dynamics of student spending for textbooks. Continue reading That Other Reason Students Spend Less On Course Material

Tech Gadgets Emerging As Next-Gen Instructional Technology

When it comes to instructional technology our thinking tends to focus primarily on how we integrate software into the learning process. A new generation of tech gadgets suggests that Blended Librarians should be paying as much attention to hardware as they do to software. Continue reading Tech Gadgets Emerging As Next-Gen Instructional Technology

Librarians and Teachers: Not Exactly Eye-to-Eye on Data Privacy

How should academic librarians respond when administrators request data on student use of research products, attendance at instruction sessions or number of books borrowed? What about K-12 educators? They and their schools collect considerable amounts of student data. Perhaps a conversation about big data and student privacy is the next fertile area for discussing common interests and having a united front on privacy policies for student data. Continue reading Librarians and Teachers: Not Exactly Eye-to-Eye on Data Privacy

The Last Overhead Projector

Reading that the University of Colorado Boulder was eliminating the last of its overhead projectors got me thinking about the last time I used one and whether learning is about the technology – however outdated it may be – or the way instructors apply it in the classroom. Continue reading The Last Overhead Projector

Get Ready For the Tablet Learners

Tomorrow I expect we will see many more students with tablets and readers. That, I believe, will be driven by BYOD initiatives in K-12 where tablets and readers – and even inexpensive chromebooks – are increasingly deployed for mass distribution of personal computing technology. What does this mean for academic librarians? Continue reading Get Ready For the Tablet Learners