30 March 2010

LILAC2010:Who dares to teach must never cease to learn

Who dares to teach must never cease to learn (John Cotton Dana)
Michelle Schneider & Dan Pullinger
University of Leeds

First off, this was a FANTASTIC session. I learned so much from the session participants about what they cover, activities they use, and what other librarians are thinking about. Great job Michelle and Dan for creating an atmosphere for sharing. Loved it. Now on to my notes…

The changing teaching role of the librarian. How do we gain skills and knowledge to fulfill that role?

Feetham, 2006 in Dale: It’s not sufficient for libraians to teach about resources. We need to be focusing on pedagogical.

Consider:
Do you consider yourself as a trainer or a teacher?
What’s the difference?
Does it matter what we call ourselves?
Mandy Lupton (2002)
Teachers is a more professional nomenclature. Sometimes we do both. Informaiton literacy is TEACHING, database/catalog work is TRAINING. That is a significant division. The focus on the process is teaching. Often sessions are half teaching, half training. Focus on the doing: skills transfer.
Northampton: they must have a teaching qualification and they are marketed as teachers.
The assessment.
Training is how to do a task and Teaching is why you are doing the task.
Does it matter? It depends on your setting. In an academic setting, it matters significantly. But in an employment or health services, to call it teaching would be a turn off. Approachability. Perception. Sure but perception to whom? Do we want it both ways? Confidence. To be seen by the academics as equals.
Teacher Librarian v. Teaching Librarian
Surface learning v. deep learning.


What skills and knowledge do we need to be effective in teaching our students?
Too many to list.
Educational development
Instructional design
Communication
Educational psychology
Subject specificity
Presentation
Admitting failure
Empathy
Assessment: learning outcomes.
Time management
This only emphasizes how interdisciplinary our field is.
(Sinikar 2008, Brophy 2007, Conroy and Boden 2008)

What are your experiences? What demands are being placed on you? What kind of teaching are you being asked to do?
Lectures
Workshops
Active learning
Inquiry based learning, problem based learning
ESL learning
Having to cover too much in very short periods of time.
Cover what faculty members want and what you know students need.
Let students say what they don’t know how to do. Put it on post its and build the session from there.
Research ethics/research methods
Plagiarism

Allowing librarians to be qualified for teaching awards and faculty development opportunities in the college including peer observation, mentorship.

What training/support is available to you now?
In the US: Immersion. Nothing like that in the UK. (PGCHE??)
Sir Learn a Lot online course.
Courses, but it’s hard to find a good course. The problem is that courses are not always flexible enough or applicable in multiple settings.
How to teach in different settings: large groups, small groups.
Librarians need to ask because in many cases, it is not offered.
Observation/mentorship
Required training for everyone that is teaching through the library.
Assessment training***
What training/support do you need?
TIME. Teaching is only a part of our jobs, we need TIME to be able to improve our teaching.
Training on how to run classrooms, use oral communication skills, technology.
Acting skills: how to walk into the room, how to breath, how look at the room of people, voice projection.
Managing classrooms.
CILIP-accredited Library courses to include teaching elements.

PLEASE SHARE your responses to these questions in the comments. As I said, I got so much from hearing from others.

3 comments:

m.r.schneider said...

Hi, this is Michelle. I really appreciate your lovely comments and I'm really glad that you got so much out of it. I really got a lot out of hearing everyone elses ideas and experiences too! I would really love to know more about how you incorporate Inquiry Based Learning into your IL sessions. Any info/advice you could share would be gratefully received! Hope to see you at future conferences (in the USA if I'm lucky :))

m.r.schneider said...

Hi, this is Michelle. I really appreciate your lovely comments and I'm really glad that you got so much out of it. I really got a lot out of hearing everyone elses ideas and experiences too! I would really love to know more about how you incorporate Inquiry Based Learning into your IL sessions. Any info/advice you could share would be gratefully received! Hope to see you at future conferences (in the USA if I'm lucky :))

Dan Pullinger said...

Hi, Sarah.

Many thanks for your positive comments about our session. As Michelle says, we found it really useful too, and it was great that everybody contributed so fully to the discussions.

Cheers,

Dan