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LOEX 2003 Reflective Teaching - A Bridge to Learning. Library Instruction for All: Exploring Ways to Accommodate All Learning Styles in and out of the Classroom Vivienne Piroli Reference/Instruction Librarian Simmons College Libraries, Boston, MA vivienne.piroli@simmons.edu.

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LOEX 2003

Reflective Teaching - A Bridge to Learning

Library Instruction for All:

Exploring Ways to Accommodate All Learning Styles in and out of the Classroom

Vivienne Piroli

Reference/Instruction Librarian

Simmons College Libraries, Boston, MA

vivienne.piroli@simmons.edu

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Knowledge versus Understanding

Learning - a complex process

Develop support networks- professional literature- conferences- workshops- staff development

Create, implement, and refine processes

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Bibliographic Instruction Group (BIG)- peer coaching- think tank- resources exchange

Goals- seek and create instruction opportunities- establish baseline skills, concepts, and capabilities

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Instruction Opportunities- reference desk- research appointments- online tutorials and research aids- e-mail and bulletin boards- course management software- workshops- classroom instruction
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Identifying Instruction Opportunities- reference appointments- reference desk transactions- using digital reference software for virtual instruction- extending print guides to an online medium- classroom teaching
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Baseline abilities - challenges- computer literacy- part-time and distance students- lack of a curriculum based information literacy program- campus organizational changes- generations x and y
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David Kolb Experiential Learning- Concrete Experience- Reflective Observation- Abstract Conceptualization- Active Experimentation
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Concrete Experience

Kolb’s Model

Accomodator

Diverger

Process

Active Experimentation

Reflective Observation

Perception

Converger

Assimilator

Abstract Conceptualization

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Divergers - “Why?”

Assimilators - “What is there to know?”

Convergers - “How?”

Accomodators - “What would happen if I did this?”

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Multidisciplinary Core Course- first year, two semester course- 18 students per section- 18 sections- 80 minutes twice weekly - writing, research, and critical thinking skills
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Librarians conducted MCC research workshops in spring semester

In 2000 librarians given additional class in fall semester - Library Jeopardy is born!

Friendly introduction to the library, its staff, resources and services

Consisted of a self-guided library tour followed by a game of library jeopardy

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Self-guided tour- 13 colorful posters throughout the library- tone colloquial- offered information on topics such as -- searching the catalog -- how to print -- why you need an ID in the library -- top ten questions to ask at the Reference desk
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Handout of LC Call Numbers and Subjects and their locations within the Beatley Library

Index cards with MCC related topics

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Workshops- 80 minutes per section- held in computer classroom- faculty in attendance- librarian and rover leading session
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Active learning techniques

Brainstorming & concept mapping

Organizing ideas

Fun with Boolean!

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MCC students hard at work

Assimilator?

Diverger?

Converger?

Accomodator?

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Live Digital Reference - AskNow

Software allowed for:- chat- co-browsing- application sharing- streaming video- voice over IP

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Potential as a teaching tool- extend traditional desk service- ability to e-mail chat transcript to patron- guide patrons through Web and database searches- highlight suitable print resources- use digitized versions of library handouts and guides
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Reference interview - a problem solving opportunity

Librarians’ behavior and actions relating to student learning

Understanding learning styles increases understanding of student behavior