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Library’s Got Talent! New Library Instructors Discover Their Voices. Rebecca K. Miller University Libraries Chris Barb Virginia Tech Tracy M. Hall LOEX 2013. The Whole Team (2012-13). Coordinators : Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller, and Lesley Moyo
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Rebecca K. Miller University Libraries
Chris Barb Virginia Tech
Tracy M. Hall LOEX 2013
Coordinators: Carolyn Meier, Rebecca Miller, and Lesley Moyo
New Instructors: Chris Barb, Tracy Gilmore, Monena Hall, Tracy Hall, Neal Henshaw, Paul Hover, Anne Lawrence, Jennifer Munson
(Curriculum for Liberal Education)
Are you seeing similar issues in your information literacy/instruction programs?
Spring 2012: Library-wide call for new instructors
Summer 2012: Instruction leaders develop 12-week training program
Fall 2012: New instructors begin real-world preparation opportunities
Spring 2013: New instructors begin to teach and co-teach
Week 1: Overview & instruction proficiencies
Week 2: Learner characteristics and learning preferences
Week 3: Learning theories
Week 4: Instructional design
Week 5: Teaching technologies & classroom tour
Week 6: Workshop day
6/19/2012: Learner characteristics and learning preferences
Are you doing or considering doing something similar at your library? What other thoughts do you have?
I wanted to improve my instruction and presentation skills and hoped that it would help me to advance in my career.
It is an interesting change, the contact with students is enjoyable.
Rate your levels of confidence in your skills as a teacher before you began and after you completed the new instructor training program:
As a result of participating in the program, have you gained any new professional interests or goals?
How did the new instructor training program impact your “day job?”
It has given me an additional avenue to connect with students and faculty.
I get more comfortable dealing with the public speaking…
A stronger understanding of the discovery tools and databases we offer at VT.
What was your biggest challenge as you prepared to teach or co-teach your first class?
Tailoring my instruction to the assignment.
“Stage fright” for the first class and interacting with the professors to develop the class plan.
What topics are you interested in pursuing through continuing education and development opportunities?
Ways to keep students engaged with more active learning techniques
How to engage with faculty on pedagogy consultation
Distance learning and use multimedia
…Engage diverse groups…
What other questions do you have for us or comments you’d like to share with us?