Do Faculty Attitudes Toward Digital Content Impact OER Adoption?

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?

The Instructional Designer: Opportunities for Collaboration with Librarians and Faculty

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

Conversations With Blended Librarians: The Instructional Design Librarian

Recorded on Thursday, October 13, 2016 this is the first of a series of conversations with Blended Librarians. In these sessions we will explore the role of the Blended Librarian by discussing with our guests how they developed their skills, how they obtained their positions, what their work is like, what their challenges are and what they enjoy about being a Blended Librarian. Continue reading Conversations With Blended Librarians: The Instructional Design Librarian

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