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  1. New Directions for Net Gen Learners and Libraries Joan K. Lippincott Coalition for Networked Information ACRL WSS ALA Annual 2007

  2. Why New Directions? • Changes in student behaviors - Net Gen Students • Understandings of learning principles and styles • Availability of new technologies

  3. What Does a Net Gen Student Look Like? This? http://www.flickr.com/photos/geopollock/25509844/

  4. Or this?

  5. Net Gen Students • Born 1982-1991 • Grew up with computers and other media at home and in school from earliest ages • Never were tethered to communication in a place

  6. Other Names… • Millennials • Digital Natives • Gen Y • Next Gen • DotNets (Pew Internet & American Life)

  7. Characteristics of Net Gen Students • Always connected, multi-tasking • Oriented to working in groups • Experiential learners • Visual • Producers as well as consumers

  8. Characteristics of Deeper Learning • “Deeper Learning” • Social • Active • Contextual • Engaging • Student-owned Colleen Carmean & Jeremy Haefner. “Mind Over Matter.” EDUCAUSE Review, vol 37,No. 6, Nov./Dec., 2002 http://www.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/erm0261.pdf

  9. Implications for Learning and Libraries • Assume students are information producers • Broaden students’ exposure to information and tools for their discipline • Assist students in understanding information policy issues

  10. Changing focus • Students as information seekers • Students as information producers

  11. Convergence of literacies • Written literacy • Information literacy • Technology literacy • Visual literacy

  12. MacArthur Foundation Project

  13. Henry Jenkins - MIT • Selected core skills • Collective Intelligence - the ability to pool knowledge and compare notes with others toward a common goal • Judgment - the ability to evaluate the reliability and credibility of different information resources • Networking - the ability to search for, synthesize, and disseminate information

  14. Henry Jenkins - MIT • Among his core skills: • Multitasking - the ability to scan one’s environment and shift focus as needed to salient details • Simulation - the ability to interpret and construct dynamic models of real world processes • Appropriation - the ability to meaningfully sample and remix media content

  15. New T&L Partnerships • Center for Teaching and Learning • New Media Center • Instructional Technology Group • Film or Multimedia Studies Dept.

  16. Columbia U. CNMTL

  17. Georgetown CNDLS

  18. Dartmouth RWIT: Center for Research, Writing & IT

  19. New Resources • Tools to facilitate collaborative work • Facilities for production of content • Facilities for practicing presentations

  20. PennTags Social Bookmarking

  21. GroupSpace with TeamSpot at Stanford U. Meyer Library

  22. U. Delaware Student Multi-media Design Center

  23. Georgia TechPractice Presentation Room

  24. Changing focus • Teaching about access to library resources • Teaching about access to information and tools

  25. Data for Visualization

  26. Webcast Offerings at UC Berkeley

  27. Research Channel Videos

  28. U. Washington and Wikipedia

  29. Georgetown U. Portal for Community-Based Research

  30. GMU History Tools

  31. Displaying information and projects • Providing visual cues to the information resources available • Displaying what students and faculty can create with information resources

  32. Cornell’s Mann Library

  33. Japanese Anime - Dartmouth

  34. NCSU Learning Commons eBoards

  35. Changing focus • Teaching about policies as rules • Fostering policy awareness and discussion

  36. Bucknell Professor’s Film on IP

  37. Uses Parody of Disney Films to Illustrate Principles

  38. UPenn Library Mashup Contest

  39. In Conjunction with Free Culture

  40. Creative Commons Licensing

  41. Cornell’s Thoughts on Facebook

  42. Engaging Students • Methods • Online tutorials • Online games, contests • Social networking sites • Students collect resources prior to class and jointly critique • Simulations • Services and instruction in virtual worlds

  43. Library Online Tutorials at TWU

  44. UIUC Undergrad Library Facebook

  45. Info Island in Second Life

  46. U. Tennessee bioLIBlog

  47. Supporting materials • FAQs • Guides, links, and services in CMS • Podcasts • Wikis or blogs developed by students or TAs

  48. UPenn Business FAQ

  49. Challenges • Faculty • Interest in inserting these skills in their curriculum • Willingness to collaborate • Acceptance of new forms of student projects • Development of grading rubrics for new forms of expression

  50. Challenges • Librarians • Broadening conception of information literacy • Convergence of literacies • Overall service program, not just classes • Engagement in collaborative learning • Development of new skills • Promoting services to faculty