An interview with Mary-Ann Winkelmes

Project Information Literacy has released a new interview with Mary-Ann Winkelmes, of the Transparency in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education Project. Winkelmes has been an advocate for making the “why” and “how” of education explicit to students, a teaching strategy that is gaining traction within the world of information literacy instruction. You can read …

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Books Mentioned at LOEX 2015

I always come back from conferences with a list of books to read, and this year’s LOEX conference was particularly fruitful in that regard. For anyone interested in some of the works that are informing the thinking of instruction librarians, here is a (most definitely incomplete) list of books and articles I heard mentioned:* Grant …

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Info Lit Summit 2015: What’s the Big Idea?! Incorporating Threshold Concepts into Your Teaching Practice

I attended the 14th Annual Information Literacy Summit this past week and heard an excellent keynote from Amy R. Hofer, Silvia Lu, and Lori Townsend. (A link to the keynote will be posted here when available). Some of the key ideas from the presentation were: Conceptual teaching is increasingly important because information doesn’t just live …

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ACRL: Teacher Expectancy

Kathleen Lagan: Kill the Stigma! Teacher Expectancy in the Information Literacy Classroom One of the most thought-provoking sessions I attended at the recent ACRL conference was one of the last; contributed paper on teacher bias in the classroom from Kathleen Lagan of Western Michigan University. I’ve heard of teacher bias/teacher expectancy in the context of …

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Counterpoint: iPads in the UAE

Since I wrote last month about a failed experiment to bring iPads to the hands of all children in LA’s public school district, I wanted to find a contrasting story that illustrated successful adoption. I stumbled across an article in the journal Interactive Technology and Smart Education that provides an interesting counterpoint. The article describes …

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iPads for L.A. Students: a Reflection

If you’ve been following the unfolding story of L.A. Public School District superintendent John Deasy’s plan give iPads to every student, you’re probably not surprised that he recently stepped down. Though the “iPad scandal” was not the only reason for his resignation, it certainly played a large part. Some overviews of the story are available …

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