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Library tools for teaching kate peterson university libraries shannon klug writing studies

Library Tools for TeachingKate Peterson, University LibrariesShannon Klug, Writing Studies

September 2, 2009


Agenda
Agenda

  • Research skills of Undergraduates

  • Tools for Teaching

  • Assignment Calculator

  • UThink blogs



Undergraduate students
Undergraduate Students

  • Start with Google and Wikipedia

  • Little discipline knowledge

  • Never used an academic library (may not have had librarian or library training in high school)

  • No knowledge of scholars or how scholarly communication works


Library tools for teaching
Library Tools for Teaching

  • Unravel the Libraries (FYW) series of workshops

    • http://www.lib.umn.edu/research/instruction/modules/unravel.html

  • CourseLib-page of library resources for your class

    • http://www.lib.umn.edu/libdata/courses.phtml

  • Chat with a Librarian (24/7)

    • Click on “Chat” in upper left corner of Library website

  • E-reserves

    • http://www.lib.umn.edu/services/reserves


E reserves
E-reserves

  • Can be used for a variety of materials

  • When licensed resources are linked inside e-reserve course pages, instructors no longer need to include them in traditional course packs

    • Not paying royalties on licensed articles saves students money!

  • Statistics show that students use e-reserves heavily

  • Submit PDFs or clean, single-sided paper copies

  • Library will evaluate non-licensed documents for fair use


Peer research consultants pilot
Peer Research Consultants (Pilot)

  • Partnership with the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence  and the SMART Learning Commons

  • PRCs have completed WRIT 1301

  • Extensive training in information literacy, tutoring and cultural competencies

  • Hired three students for Fall


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Peer Research Consultants (Pilot)

  • Available for one-on-one appointments and drop-ins in early October

  • SMART Learning Commons and MCAE

  • PRC can help with research

    • Selecting and narrowing a topic

    • Finding Books and articles

    • Finding scholarly articles

    • Evaluating sources

    • Basic citation creation



Assignment calculator
Assignment Calculator

  • Debuted in 2002

  • Created in partnership with Center for Writing and Center for Teaching and Learning

  • Goal: Break down research and writing process for students into deadlines (get email reminders)

  • New beta version in 2009: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/


Assignment calculator new features
Assignment Calculator-New Features

  • Customize assignments for your class

    • Research Paper

    • Poster

    • Media/Video

  • Add, delete, edit steps

  • Add course specific readings, etc. to a step

  • Move assignment online (where students live)

    • Students can sign up to get email reminders



Assignment calculator2
Assignment Calculator

  • Change the dates

  • Edit/add/delete steps

  • Get URL for your assignment

    • Post in WebVista/Moodle

    • Email to students

    • Put in syllabi

    • Hand out in class


Assignment calculator3
Assignment Calculator

  • Demo: https://tools.lib.umn.edu/ac/




Reasons to use a blog in your class
Reasons to use a blog in your class

  • Takes learning and engagement with classmates outside of the classroom

  • Asynchronous

  • Participatory / student centric

  • Encourages collaboration

  • Easy to share multi-media (links, images, video, etc.)

  • Learn how to write for a public forum


Uthink upgrade
UThink Upgrade

  • UThink blogs are hosted by University Libraries

    • http://blog.lib.umn.edu/

  • Upgraded to MT 4.25 on June 15, 2009

  • UThink now has a whole bunch of new features (including tagging, page creation, custom fields, etc.)

  • Example of new template

    • http://blog.lib.umn.edu/frans005/myblog/


Things to consider
Things to consider

  • Will you have one blog for the class or will students have individual blogs?

  • How will you measure/encourage participation?

  • Privacy and anonymity

  • Will you moderate comments?

  • What will you do with the blog after the semester ends?

  • Can be labor intensive

  • What will you do with incorrect content / information?



Contact us
Contact Us

  • Kate Peterson

    • katep@umn.edu, 626-3746

  • Shannon Klug

    • klugx004@umn.edu, 625-9236