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Creating A Distant Roar: Virtual, Hands-On, Information Literacy Workshops for Remote Campus Students

Creating A Distant Roar: Virtual, Hands-On, Information Literacy Workshops for Remote Campus Students

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Published by Dana Longley
This is a handout from a June 2008 presentation I did on phase 1 of our online library instruction workshops project. We were still using Wimba as the online classroom platform at the time, but have since switched to Eluminate Live and have expanded to offer workshops directly to students using their home computers.
This is a handout from a June 2008 presentation I did on phase 1 of our online library instruction workshops project. We were still using Wimba as the online classroom platform at the time, but have since switched to Eluminate Live and have expanded to offer workshops directly to students using their home computers.

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Creating A Distant Roar: Virtual, Hands-On, Information Literacy Workshopsfor Remote Campus Students
Dana Longley and Linda Hamell, SUNY Empire State College
Empire State College Background
1
17,000+ students served per year (65% part-time)
35 locations in NYS (17% out-of-state residence, including overseas)
157 FT faculty and 800+ part-time faculty
Ave. age: 36 for undergrads (41 for grads)
43% of credits attempted were in fully online courses
The Library
5 librarians
No physical collection – fully online: 100+ research databases to choose from
The Need
87% of today’s students are information illiterate
2
Older student population = more students whohaven’t used a library in years, if ever.
Biggest questions: what resource do I use? Wheredo I go to find information on X? How do I search?
2006-2007 Historical Studies student work sampleassessment (see chart)
1
:
“The library brand is books.” And students oftenhave negative associations due to perceptions of books being outdated, not available, hard to find,and time consuming to use.
3
89% of college students' info searches begin witha search engine! 2% begin with library web site.
3
Collaborative Plan
Find instructional partners out on the front lines working with students face to face (Directors' of AcademicSupport positions filled in Jan. 2007)
Get better understanding of student (& faculty) needs via comprehensive assessment (in planning)
Delivery Platform: Wimba Virtual Classroom
4
(switching to Elluminate
5
in late 2008)
Set-up: librarian-presenter and librarian-support person in Saratoga + DAS facilitators and students incomputer labs at regional centers across state
Delivery Preparations:
o
Periodic collaborative content reviews via phone, email and Google docs
o
Computer lab connection speed, software plug-ins and equipment testing required
o
Test run of each workshop to fine-tune content and timing
o
Promote workshops and register students
Learning Objectives
Starting Point - Info Lit Competencies:
o
SUNY Gen Ed: Use basic research techniques andlocate & evaluate info from variety of sources
o
ACRL: Identify need, access info effectively & efficiently,evaluate info, use info ethically/legally
Research @ the Library 
Workshops now offered:
o
Introduction to Research
o
Search SkillsCenter for Learning and TechnologySUNY Empire State College- 1 - 6/6/08
Historical StudiesResearch Skills Competencies, 2006-2007
0.00%10.00%20.00%30.00%40.00%50.00%60.00%70.00%80.00%90.00%Proper use of sourcesConductingresearchDiversity of materialsDoes Not Meet or isApproachingMeets or Exceeds
 
o
Documenting Sources
Learning Structure (see diagram):
o
Based on research process
o
Stand-alone/modular 
o
Multiple modes of interaction throughout (audio, text chat,slides, whiteboard, polls, whiteboard, app sharing, handouts)
o
Hands-on exercises that build on each other & engagemultiple learning styles (auditory, kinesthetic, visual)
o
Infuse content with information evaluation skills
o
Concentrate on transferable skills, not specific resources
Overall Learning Objectives:
o
Hands-on exploration = confidence
o
Where to get help
o
Identify the info need
o
How to get background info and identify keywords
o
Need to critically evaluate all sources
o
How to navigate to relevant resources
o
Create effective basic search strategy
Original Outlines for Workshops 1 & 2 (we added two exercises to each later on):1.
Introduction to Research
Wimba Orientation
Get Help
Information Evaluation
Reference Tools + Exercise 1
Find Articles + Exercise 2
Find Books + Exercise 3
Q&A2.
Search Skills
Wimba Orientation
Find Keywords
Define Info Need + Exercise 1
Find Relevant Resources
Create Search Strategy + Exercise 2
Evaluate Results & Refine + Exercise 3
Q&A
Wimba Platform:Marketing/Promotion
DAS @ each center promotes workshops via “e-blasts” & hard copy flyers posted around each center.
Students must rsvp in advance so DAS' can manage space issues. Most rsvps are handled via email.
Faculty help promote workshops, especially those who are assigning research papers in their courses.
Promote upcoming workshops during workshop.
Message: save time & effort; produce better research assignments
So far: no lack of student interest, even with low-key promotion effortsCenter for Learning and TechnologySUNY Empire State College- 2 - 6/6/08

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