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

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

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

The Learning Styles Debate Continues

Do you believe in the validity of learning styles? Even if the scientific evidence doesn’t necessarily support them there may still be value in keeping in mind the need to mix up instructional approaches in the classroom. Learning styles are not without some degree of controversy and the debate continues. Continue reading The Learning Styles Debate Continues