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

Knowing and Recommending Edtech Tools (even when you might not use them)

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)

Cards, Dice and Boards: Supporting and Shaping Curriculum With Games

Recorded on Thursday, March 17, 2016 this webcast includes a presentation and discussion with Lauren Hays and Mark Hayse, co-directors of the library-based Center for Games & Learning (CGL) at MidAmerica Nazarene The CGL, a recipient of a 2014 IMLS-funding initiative, curates a collection of 300+ tabletop games for learning 21st Century Skills. 21st Century leadership demands expertise in skills such as communication, collaboration, problem solving, flexibility, creativity, innovation, and information literacy. Tabletop games function as powerful learning engines when they require players to practice these skills. Continue reading Cards, Dice and Boards: Supporting and Shaping Curriculum With Games

Going With Gamification or Giving Up?

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?

What’s Holding Back Faculty Adoption of EdTech?

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?

Dealing With Digitally Distracted Students

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

Remembering BLAAM – Librarians and Instructional Design

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