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The Learning Cycle. Why Library Instruction Fails to Stick and What We Can Do About It. Your New Society You Live By 3 Rules. You only say “Yes” or “No”

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The learning cycle

The Learning Cycle

Why Library Instruction Fails to Stickand What We Can Do About It

Your new society you live by 3 rules

Your New SocietyYou Live By 3 Rules

  • You only say “Yes” or “No”

  • If you are wearing glasses, only respond to those who are also wearing glassesIf you are NOT wearing glasses, only respond to those who are NOT wearing them

  • Always say “Yes” if the person asking a question is smilingAlways say “No” if the person is NOTsmiling

The learning cycle1

The Learning Cycle

Why Library Instruction Fails to Stickand What We Can Do About It

Nature of science

Nature of Science

  • Active

  • Inquiry

  • Hypothesizing

  • Testing

  • Unfixed

Purpose of school

Purpose of School

  • Think.

How people learn

How People Learn


Bad science instruction

Bad Science Instruction

  • Inform

  • Verify

  • Practice

    Even “Active Learning” Can Be Bad

How people learn1

How People Learn


Learning cycle lesson plan

Learning Cycle Lesson Plan


Creating a library learning cycle

Creating a Library Learning Cycle

  • Identify Core Concept

  • Authentic reasons why the concept is taught

  • Design a scenario around those authentic reasons

  • Questioning to Help them Discover

  • Apply Library Terminology Later

Library learning cycles

Library Learning Cycles

  • Plagiarism

  • Evaluating Web Sources

  • …you name it…



  • Time!

  • Faculty comfort level

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