Faculty respond to a survey about their openness to using digital learning materials and OER. The majority of faculty appear to recognize the value of digital content but are still reluctant to use it as instructional material. Continue reading Do Faculty Attitudes Toward Digital Content Impact OER Adoption?
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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)