EdTech as Friend or Foe: Where Do You Stand

Where do you stand on educational technology. Do you actively support its use and are you willing to try just about anything at least once? Or are you skeptical and concerned that most edtech is taking learning in the wrong direction? Perhaps we are emerging from a phase of edtech development to one of edtech productivity. Continue reading EdTech as Friend or Foe: Where Do You Stand

The Instructional Designer: Opportunities for Collaboration with Librarians and Faculty

Recorded on Thursday, May 11, 2017 from 3:00pm to 4:00pm EDT:
Instructional design is a growing field within many universities that offer online programs. The instructional designer works with faculty to plan, design and implement a full course, or parts of a course. Instructional designers are usually experts in learning theories and pedagogy, and have a toolbox full of ideas for improving teaching and learning. However, they are many occasions where an instructional designer could benefit from collaborating with a librarian, and vice versa. Presenters will explain the role of instructional designers, how collaboration between instructional designers, librarians and faculty might be beneficial, and explain how to prepare future librarians for this kind of work in LIS programs. Continue reading The Instructional Designer: Opportunities for Collaboration with Librarians and Faculty

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

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