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rethinking handouts for library instruction sessions they re not as bad as you ve been told

Rethinking handouts for library instruction sessions:They’re not as bad as you’ve been told

John HickokInstruction/Outreach Librarian

CSU Fullerton

http://users.library.fullerton.edu/jhickok/conferences.htm

today s presentation
Today’s presentation
  • Why handouts have a bad rap 7min.
  • A rebuttal to the bad rap 7min.
  • are tools for active-learning 10min.
  • can be green-friendly! 10min.
  • have advantages over e-guides 10min.
  • Effective design principles 10min.
  • Q&A 5min.
learning objectives
Learning objectives

Participants will be able to…

  • Identify why handouts have a bad rap
  • Identify rebuttals to these bad raps
  • Explain how handouts help in active-learning
  • List ways handouts can be green-friendly!
  • State an advantage handouts have over e-guides
  • Recognize effective design principles
1 why handouts have a bad rap1

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Considered old fashioned

1 why handouts have a bad rap2

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

1980s/90s: catalogs & databases were not graphical and required complicated text strings to search…so explanation sheets were needed

Considered old fashioned

1 why handouts have a bad rap3

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

1980s/90s: catalogs & databases were not graphical and required complicated text strings to search…so explanation sheets were needed

Considered old fashioned

1 why handouts have a bad rap4

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

1980s/90s: catalogs & databases were not graphical and required complicated text strings to search…so explanation sheets were needed

Considered old fashioned

1 why handouts have a bad rap5

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

1980s/90s: catalogs & databases were not graphical and required complicated text strings to search…so explanation sheets were needed

Considered old fashioned

1 why handouts have a bad rap7

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Today, “paperless”, “save the trees”, “eco-friendly” is the call. Printing is seen as wasteful.

Not green-friendly

1 why handouts have a bad rap8

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Today, “paperless”, “save the trees”, “eco-friendly” is the call. Printing is seen as wasteful.

Not green-friendly

1 why handouts have a bad rap9

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Today, “paperless”, “save the trees”, “eco-friendly” is the call. Printing is seen as wasteful.

Not green-friendly

1 why handouts have a bad rap10

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Today, “paperless”, “save the trees”, “eco-friendly” is the call. Printing is seen as wasteful.

Not green-friendly

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=refJmQhLvBs

1 why handouts have a bad rap11

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

No longer needed due to e-guides

1 why handouts have a bad rap12

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Academic libraries everywhere now have former handouts on their websites as e-guides

No longer needed due to e-guides

1 why handouts have a bad rap13

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Academic libraries everywhere now have former handouts on their websites as e-guides

No longer needed due to e-guides

CSU Fullerton

1 why handouts have a bad rap14

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Academic libraries everywhere now have former handouts on their websites as e-guides

No longer needed due to e-guides

Pasadena City College

1 why handouts have a bad rap15

1. Why handouts have a bad rap

Academic libraries everywhere now have former handouts on their websites as e-guides

No longer needed due to e-guides

UCI

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap2

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

Yes, newer catalogs/databases are more graphical & user-friendly….but GUI-ier interfaces do not automatically ensure adequate Info. Literacy.

Old fashioned

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap3

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

Yes, newer catalogs/databases are more graphical & user-friendly….but GUI-ier interfaces do not automatically ensure adequate Info. Literacy.

Old fashioned

Easy to self-learn, right?

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap4

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

Yes, newer catalogs/databases are more graphical & user-friendly….but GUI-ier interfaces do not automatically ensure adequate Info. Literacy.

Old fashioned

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap8

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

Not green-friendly

Responsiblesustainable use

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap9

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap10

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap11

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap12

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap13

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap14

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

2 a rebuttal to the bad rap15

2. A rebuttal to the bad rap

While e-guides are great, they put all the responsibility of understanding/deciphering solely on the student…without live, human explanation.

No longer needed, due to e-guides

3 are tools for active learning

3. are tools for active learning

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning1

3. are tools for active learning

Lev Vygotsky (1896-1934)Psychologist

Students learn most effectively experientially—interacting in their learning environment.

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning2

3. are tools for active learning

Jean Piaget (1896-1980)Psychologist

Students learn best in interactive environments, and draw from others’ influence/guidance.

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning3

3. are tools for active learning

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning4

3. are tools for active learning

  • Too Textual
  • No visuals
  • No invitation to participate
  • Aesthetically: boring

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning5

3. are tools for active learning

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning6

3. are tools for active learning

  • Text, but paced
  • Screenshot visuals
  • Invited participation box
  • Aesthetically: bullets, graphics

Handouts provide a means for hands-on participatory, experiential learning

3 are tools for active learning7

3. are tools for active learning

Another example: handout invoking experiential learning among international students.

3 are tools for active learning8

3. are tools for active learning

Another example: handout invoking experiential learning among international students.

4 can be green friendly1

4. can be green-friendly

Let’s start with examples of abuse that give handouts a bad name:

Little/no content usingan entire page

4 can be green friendly2

4. can be green-friendly

Let’s start with examples of abuse that give handouts a bad name:

Little/no content usingan entire page

Only using one side

4 can be green friendly3

4. can be green-friendly

Let’s start with examples of abuse that give handouts a bad name:

Little/no content usingan entire page

Only using one side

A hanging paragraph taking an entire page

4 can be green friendly4

4. can be green-friendly

Let’s start with examples of abuse that give handouts a bad name:

Little/no content usingan entire page

Only using one side

A hanging paragraph taking an entire page

Giving out nearly fullcourse-pack as a handout

4 can be green friendly5

4. can be green-friendly

Let’s start with examples of abuse that give handouts a bad name:

Little/no content usingan entire page

Only using one side

A hanging paragraph taking an entire page

Giving out nearly fullcourse-pack as a handout

Libraries using 0% recycled paper

4 can be green friendly6

4. can be green-friendly

Work with your library

or university’s purchasing

officers to investigate

100% recycled paper.

4 can be green friendly7

4. can be green-friendly

Work with your library

or university’s purchasing

officers to investigate

100% recycled paper.

Yes, it is more expensive,

but there are strategies you

can take:

100% just for instruction

Consortium bulk buying

Searching 100% vendors

4 can be green friendly8

4. can be green-friendly

www.conservatree.org lists 100% paper products and vendors

4 can be green friendly9

4. can be green-friendly

And the best way to employ handouts and be green: post your handout on your homepage, LIVE, as you teach, and offer students with mobile devices the option of using the e-handout instead

Poll the class before running the copies

Post the handout as a write-on-able document

5 have adv s over e guides1

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, e-guides are wonderful. They provide unparalleled access to instructions & information!

5 have adv s over e guides2

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, e-guides are wonderful. They provide unparalleled access to instructions & information! But… they have drawbacks.

5 have adv s over e guides3

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, e-guides are wonderful. They provide unparalleled access to instructions & information! But… they have drawbacks.

Many times they are general guides, not specific to a students exact assignment or needs

5 have adv s over e guides4

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, e-guides are wonderful. They provide unparalleled access to instructions & information! But… they have drawbacks.

Many times they are general guides, not specific to a students exact assignment or needs

Even if the e-guide is course-specific, it is accessed without human interaction, so all the burden of deciphering falls on the student

5 have adv s over e guides5

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, e-guides are wonderful. They provide unparalleled access to instructions & information! But… they have drawbacks.

Many times they are general guides, not specific to a students exact assignment or needs

Even if the e-guide is course-specific, it is accessed without human interaction, so all the burden of deciphering falls on the student

They are frequently heavily textual and just “content dissemination”, not participatory

5 have adv s over e guides6

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

CSUF

Class-specific

E-guides

5 have adv s over e guides7

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Comm353

e-guide

(by John

Hickok)

5 have adv s over e guides8

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Yes, has some good elements (graphical, etc.)

But….

5 have adv s over e guides9

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

The in-person handout has SO many more advantages!

5 have adv s over e guides10

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Teamwork exercises of evaluating Ad websites

5 have adv s over e guides11

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Teamwork exercises of evaluating Ad websites

Step-by-step live demo’ing of how to dig deep into databases for company brand info

5 have adv s over e guides12

5. have adv’s. over e-guides

Teamwork exercises of evaluating Ad websites

Step-by-step live demo’ing of how to dig deep into databases for company brand info

Prompts to apply the steps on the handout, by searching for new brands

6 effective design principles1

6. Effective Design principles

Literature review of “designing handouts for effective learning” yields works from:

Educators

Trainers

Librarians (very little)

6 effective design principles2

6. Effective Design principles

Educators:

Marla Yoshida (ESL Instructor, UCI Extension)

http://yoshidacatesol.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/38693272/Effective%20handouts%20slideshow.pdf

http://yoshidacatesol.pbworks.com/w/file/fetch/38693257/Effective%20Handouts.PDF

Abbie Brown (Instructional Design Ph.D, formerly CSUF)

http://www.mscare.org/cmsc/images/pdf/document_design_brown.pdf

Mary Bucholz (Linguistics Ph.D, UCBerkeley)

http://www.linguistics.ucsb.edu/faculty/bucholtz/sociocultural/handouttips.html

U. of Minnesota Ctr. for Teaching & Learning

http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/teachlearn/tutorials/powerpoint/handouts/

6 effective design principles5

6. Effective Design principles

Trainers:

Olivia Mitchell (Professional trainer)

http://www.speakingaboutpresenting.com/delivery/presentation-handouts/

6 effective design principles7

6. Effective Design principles

Librarians:

Anna Johnson (Mt.Hood Comm. Coll., Oregon)

http://www.pcc.edu/resources/tlc/cascade/documents/PCCHandouts_handout.pdf

U.of Texas Libraries (Librarian tools: creating handouts)

http://www.lib.utexas.edu/services/instruction/tips/tt/tt_handout.html

6 effective design principles9

6. Effective Design principles

Common principles among all of them:

ample white space

uniformity (font styles, outline)

use of graphics (screenshots, photos, etc.)

infusing active learning (prompts, tasks)

6 q a

6. Q & A

Thank you!