DL Meet-and-Greet, Friday April 25

The ACRL/NY Distance Learning Discussion Group is pleased to sponsor a “meet-and-greet” on Friday April 25, from 9:30-11:00 am at the Mercy College, Manhattan campus (66 W 35th St, New York, NY —  map ‎).

Join us for coffee/noshes as we talk with our colleagues about library services to Distance Learners, share tips and tricks, and find potential partners for collaboration and conference-proposals.

This is an “open,”  face-to-face meeting, meaning that both ACRL/NY members and non-members are welcome to attend.  While continued participation in all discussion groups is a benefit of ACRL/NY membership, holding these open meet-and-greets allow us to share experiences and get practical ideas and strategies for integrating best practices at a variety of campuses.

If you wish to come, please RSVP using this link so that we can provide your name to security at the venue.  Even if you are unable to make the meeting, you may also use the RSVP form to share a resource, suggest a topic and/or let us know your preferences for getting information regarding future ACRL/NY Discussion Group Meetings.

The DL-SIG is also planning to host two web-based, ACRLNY members-only events this summer, more details to follow!

NOTE:  Membership in our local chapter is a “New York Bargain” —  ranging from a mere $10 (for students) to  $25 (for National members) to $35 (for Non-ACRL National members).  If you are not yet a member,  join today to start enjoying other professional development, conference, workshop and networking benefits.   http://acrlny.org/join-us/

Some Sloan-C Takeaways

For those who were unable to get to Sloan-C this November, here are some notes I took…did anyone else go who would like to do a guest post, or be part of a discussion at our next meet-and-greet?

2013  SLOAN-C International Conference on Online Learning — Nov 20-22, Orlando, Florida

Online Orientation: Getting Students to Use It!   Lead Presenter: Lynn Wietecha (Lawrence Technological University, USA)

When students skip the online orientation, the professor ends up dealing with a lot of “tech support” issues. Wietecha increased orientation participation by working with the Campus’s Bb admin to add an adapative release “module 0 – Orientation” – completion of the orientation is a pre-requisite  to access remaining course modules.  Orientation needs to be flexible enough to adjust to new technologies, and updated each semester.    While it might mean some students “repeated” the orientation, it was best way to remind/alert students about who-to-contact for what and where to go for support services.

A Path in the Wilderness: Helping Faculty and Students Overcome Isolation in Online Learning   Lead Presenter: John Vivolo (NYU-Poly, USA)

Offered 3 mutually reinforcing suggestions (1) offer robust orientation (2) offer community sites (places to hang out virtually and synchronously) (3) live-stream events.   Vivolo noted that LiveStreaming events allows DL students to feel more connected to campus.  (http://new.livestream.com/)  “it is expensive & synchronous, but worth it”.   Re-iterated that synchronous elements are key to combating isolation

HBI Faculty Perceptions of Barriers to Online Teaching in Maryland

Lead Presenter: Tiffany Thompson-Johnson (Morgan State University, USA)

Thompson-Johnson presented her dissertation research: a correlational study which focused on 4 constructs & perceived barriers to Historically Black Institution faculty in adopting online teaching (she modified Berge, 1999).  Her study was limited to 4 HBI in MD.  Consistent with studies: “limited technical expertise, limited technical training, or lack of technical support” are biggest barriers to adapting to Online teaching.

Integrating Interactive Technology to Promote Learner Autonomy: Challenges and Rewards

Presenters Jaya Kannan, Marie Hulme,  Maria Lizano-DiMare, Pilar Munday – all from Sacred Heart University, USA

SHU’s DLI for faculty development:  offer time and money incentives, encourage peer mentoring, capitalize on prior knowledge, create an environment that encourages experimentation, emphasize interdisciplinary approaches and knowledge sharing.

For student engagement: Created SHUsquare: a social media version of “public square” which fosters multi-modal projects, low-stakes writing, Information Literacy, and conversations that engage in cross-disciplinary connections.  SHUSquare “hubs” look at overlapping courses/topics from multiple discipline perspectives, emphasizes discussions that refer to reliable sources.  On a smaller scale, Prof. Munday uses twitter to re-inforce Foreign languages use, engages students with participants in Spain, interaction often extends beyond the end of the course.  Focus on use of technology when it fosters or captures “Transformational vs. information learning” i.e.: uses soc media fosters autonomous learning which extends beyond the classroom.   E-portfolios capture transformational education  moments,  the affect-aspects of learning … the ah-ha moment where what you learn in one field-of-life informs another.

Nov 21 KEYNOTE: The Online Revolution: Learning without Limits   Lead Presenter: Daphne Koller (Coursera, USA)    Koller emphasized that her intention in creating/offering Coursera as a MOOC platform was to benefit those people throughout the world who would otherwise not have access to educational opportunities.  Not looking to replace Universities (she is herself a University professor) but rather she is looking to augment learning for anyone, anywhere.  Professors can use elements of Coursera materials as part of a “flipped classroom” model or to augment their own course material.

Global Citizens Educating Future Global Citizens: Using Social Media for Environmental and Social Justice   Presenter:  Linda Ralston (University of Utah, USA)

As part of an “global citizenship” course that emphasizes both research skills and ICT-literacy skills, Ralston has students  pick topics of global import/concern and create a social media awareness campaign. Students take a Global Awareness Profile pre-and post-test.  (GAP test cost = $10/student) .  Students conduct extensive research on topic in first two weeks,  create a blog that outlines campaign plan, and has extended entries that are well-researched and properly cited.   They also create infographics with proper research and citation (a more reader-friendly version of their final research paper).  Students use twitter to promote blog entries, as well as sharing ongoing research and related news items. (Note: for any SJU faculty member, librarian or club interested in doing similar campaigns, our LibTech guides cover these tools, we are also available for 1:1 help for an activity like this one http://stjohns.campusguides.com/libtech)

Nov 22nd KEYNOTE:  Reinventing Education  Lead Presenter: Anant Agarwal (edX & MIT, USA) The creator of  EdX also reiterated that MOOCs are not intended to replace Universities.  (He too is a University professor). He took on the argument that “MOOCs fail because  only 5% complete them”; he points out that his circuitry course is a tough one, and even if all 100 students who took this same class on MIT’s campus this semester should pass, it would take MIT 36 yrs to teach the same number of people who are included in the 5% MOOC pass rate.  Additionally, MOOCs ultimately help us to perform statistically sound, quantifiable research for pedagogy and student practices.   While the initial MOOC try at San Jose State did not fare well, when they did an EdX trial, course retake rates at San Jose State dropped from 41% to 9%  (fall 2012 to spring 2013)

MOOCs and Copyrights: Navigating the Terrain  Lead Presenter: Linda Enghagen (University of Massachusetts, USA)

I had taken 2 of Enghagen’s SloanC courses on Copyright & TEACH Act before, and found them very helpful so I was looking forward to her take on MOOCs. She did not disappoint.  She qualified her presentation by saying that there are more legal issues to MOOCs than copyright, but this session would cover copyright in relation to 4 parties: The hosting-IHE, the MOOC platform provider, the faculty member and the student.  All parties should know who-owns-what prior to deciding to participate.  Two main parties to the contract are the hosting-IHE and MOOC platform provider, but the faculty and students end up being subject to the agreement because of the nature of the contractual language.  MOOC platform providers have inserted language that gives them license to re-purpose any information delivered to the platform by faculty and students.  While faculty may be bound by their contracts with IHEs to contribute, the students should be made aware of these issues. Commercialization of that content is the plan, it is inevitable. [Note: this is similar to controversies surrounding our use of Turnitin]   IHE’s should explicit about what we are “giving away”,and it is an occasion to point out that we are often subject to similar agreements by posting content to any online platform.  Enghagen did not talk specifically about the use of e-reserves in MOOCs except to say that it is unwise to use most of the hosting IHE’s library proprietary resources because MOOC attendees are not technically “our” students, thus the course materials should really be limited to free and open access research.   For those interested in the Georgia Case regarding E-reserves, Enghagen will have a detailed analysis of it in the forthcoming January 2014 issue of Journal of Asynchronous Learning Networks.

Faculty on the Fast Track: Efficient Effective Development and Design for Faculty Creating and Teaching Online Courses  Lead Presenter: Lujean Baab (Virginia Tech, USA)

Baab proposed an “Online course development” agreement as part of re-invigorating faculty development for Online pedagogy, this in turn encouraged faculty cohort engagement, allowed the faculty member to complete re-vamp of course and improved follow-up review of faculty .   In the course development agreement, faculty members are offered incentive in the form of a 1-semester course reduction, University DL funds adjunct pay to department to cover that course reduction. Faculty member agrees to be part of a cohort, serve as a mentor in future cohorts, agrees to departmental review and Quality assurance review.  In addition to cohort support, the faculty member works with an Instructional Designer to develop the course over a semester. Requires that ID (helper) is separate from the role of project manager (deadline enforcer).  DL withholds 50% of funding until pedagogy course requirements are complete (helps keep faculty accountable and makes funding/planning easier) “Data shows this model works”

W3C, WCAG2.0, 508, Hut, Hut, Hike! What’s Your Game Plan for Accessibility

Lead Presenter: Donna McLauchlin (Education Service Center Region 4, USA)

In addition to general overview of barriers to accessibility in online materials, the speaker offered some concrete tips for creating course content that is accessibility-friendly: MSWord: (1) use of alt-text labels for any non-text times. (2) Use styles and heading to improve navigability (3) appropriate use of color to help low vision or colorblindness (4) use descriptive text for hyperlinks (not click-here) (5) use columns/tables not tabs to keep related text together (6) descrive tables and charts, use row/column headers.  (7) MS PPT: Avoid Textboxes, use notes section instead, save as Outline.  PDFs:  Use Adobe Acrobat to Save As Word.doc.  MultiMedia material:  Use captioning.  Describe info contained in video.  In keeping with principles of Universal design, what helps disabled students also can be beneficial for other students as well.

Workshop participants noted some tools they found helpful: “ReadSpeaker” or “Read&Write Gold”  for text-to-speech ;  http://syncwords.com/ for captioning

Recurring themes:

  • Poking holes in the “myth of the digital natives”…although current students have grown up with technology doesn’t mean they are tech-literate when it comes to research, professional communication, the dangers of social media or the nuances of discipline specific technologies.
  • “independent learner” isn’t necessarily Robinson Crusoe isolated world, but rather the learner who knows where to go in hyper-connected world
  • Although distance learning platforms can be used for “entirely asynchronous learning”, synchronous contact & ad-hoc meet-ups combat isolation, reinforce learning and encourage progress/completion among participants.

June 7, 2013 Meet & Greet: Instructional Design and Assessment

The ACRL/NY Distance Learning Discussion Group is pleased to sponsor a “meet-and-greet” on Friday June 7, from 9:30-11:00 am at the Mercy, Manhattan campus. The topic of conversation will be  “Library instruction in the online environment:  Designing for Use and Assessment.”

When tackling library support in online environment, a librarian needs to present information in a way that is  both helpful for users and assessable for administrators.  Join the ACRL/NY Distance Learning discussion group us as we talk with Robin Naughton, PhD (Drexel, and Vestar Consulting) about developing approaches to library instruction that are both user-friendly and assessment friendly.  Dr. Naughton is an experienced researcher, educator, and information professional.  Her research explores human-computer interaction (HCI) with a particular focus on user interface design and the use of user-centered research methods.

This is an “Open” Discussion meeting, allowing non-members to get their “feet wet” in ACRL/NY participation; thus both ACRL/NY Members and non-members are welcome to this meeting.  Participation in all Discussion Groups is a benefit of ACRL/NY membership, and allows you to share experiences and get practical ideas and strategies for integrating best practices at your own campuses.

Coming to this open “meet-and-greet” will allow you to connect with colleagues to discuss:

  • The increasingly-important role of instructional design and assessment in Higher education
  • Library instruction design and assessment as it relates to Distance Learning faculty and students in particular
  • The development of “designed/assessment-oriented” Library modules as a segue to collaboration with teaching faculty

Please this RSVP link ( http://goo.gl/LHSdd ) so that we can provide your name to security at the venue. If you are unable to make the meeting, you may also use the RSVP form to share a resource and/or let us know your preferences for  future ACRL/NY Discussion Group Meetings.

Thank-you for your interest, looking forward to a good discussion.

Thursday, Oct 25, 2012: Joint meeting of ACRL/NY SIGs

On Thursday, Oct 25, 2012, the DL SIG is proud to be part of a Joint meeting of ACRL/NY’s Information Literacy/Instruction, Distance Learning, and New Librarians discussion groups focusing on  Librarians As Instructional Designers

This is ACRL/NY’s first online event and we are looking forward to participation from both ACRL/NY and ACRL National members.

More and more librarians are combining their expertise in content, pedagogy, and technology to take on roles as instructional designers at their institutions. Michelle Costello (Education/Instructional Design Librarian), Corey Ha (Educational Technologist),and Kim Davies-Hoffman (Coordinator of Instruction & Reference Services) form the Instructional Design Team at SUNY Geneseo will discuss how their team came into being, what instructional designers do, their role in online education and other courses, the learning objects they’ve created and the emerging technologies they use to create them, and ideas for reacing out to faculty. There will be time after the session for Q&A and discussion.

Fiona Grady, ACRL/NY Information Literacy/Instruction Discussion Group Co-Chair
fiona.grady@stonybrook.edu, 631-632-1338

Dianne Gordon Conyers, ACRL/NY Information Literacy/Instruction Discussion Group Co-Chair
dconyers@lagcc.cuny.edu

Kathryn G. Shaughnessy, ACRL/NY Distance Learning Discussion Group Chair
shaughnk@stjohns.edu.  718-990-1454

Linda Miles, ACRL/NY New Librarians Discussion Group Chair
lmiles.librarian@gmail.com

Meet & Greet discussing e-Portfolios 4/20

The ACRL/NY Distance Learning Discussion Group is pleased to sponsor a “meet-and-greet” on Friday April 20, from 9:30-11:00 am at the Mercy, Manhattan campus. The topic of conversation will be  “E-Portfolios & the Academic Librarian.”

E-portfolios are enjoying a renaissance, as students from various disciplines are encouraged to create digital projects that move beyond the traditional research paper;  e-portfolios (whether campus-wide platforms, or course wikis) can lend themselves to “capturing” assess-able improvement in the skills required to successfully navigate Information and Communication  technologies.  Join the ACRL/NY Distance Learning discussion group us as we talk with Nancy Wozniak (Instructional Designer, Learning Architect and ePortfolio Program Manager,  SUNY Stonybrook) and Danielle Apfelbaum (Reference and Instruction Librarian, NYIT, Old Westbury) about the use of e-portfolios as a platform for professional development platform, a tool for faculty collaboration  and an occasion for librarians to engage in campus and departmental  discussions about the implementation of  Information- and ICT-literacy standards within distance learning environs.

This is an “Open” Discussion meeting, allowing non-members to get their “feet wet” in ACRLNY participation; thus both ACRL/NY Members and non-members are welcome to this meeting.  Participation in all Discussion Groups is a benefit of ACRLNY membership, and allows you to share experiences and get practical ideas and strategies for integrating best practices at your own campuses.

Coming to this open “meet-and-greet” will allow you to connect with colleagues to discuss:

  • Using E-portfolios as a professional platform
  • The increasingly-important role of E-portfolios in Higher education
  • Instructional issues related to using e-portfolios with Distance Learning faculty and students in particular
  • Methods and experiences using of using e-portfolio adoption as a segue to collaboration with faculty

Please this RSVP form (http://bit.ly/ACRLNYDLeport ) so that we can provide your name to security at the venue. If you are unable to make the meeting, you may also use the RSVP form to share a platform resource and/or let us know if you would like to be notified about future ACRLNY Discussion Group Meetings.

Thank-you for your interest, looking forward to a good discussion.

Joint Meeting with IL Group: Remote Instruction platforms

The Distance Learning and Information Literacy Discussion groups welcome you to their annual “Meet and Greet” scheduled for Friday, May 13, 2011. The focus of this meeting’s discussion will be the use of web conferencing tools for online instruction, workshops and 1:1 library support for distance learners.

Scheduled demonstrations of remote platforms will include Adobe Connect, WIMBA, and Skype, but we are not limited to discussing these platforms; rather, we would like to have this be a forum for how our colleagues are using remote meeting/instruction platforms for teaching and learning at their institutions.

Joining the ACRLNY Discussion groups allow you to share experiences and get practical ideas and strategies for integrating best practices at your own campuses.

Coming to this open “meet-and-greet” would allow you to connect with colleagues to discuss:

  • Pros and Cons of remote platforms (covering technical issues, pricing and best practices for instituting these tools in your library)
  • Instructional issues related to using these platforms with Distance Learning populations in particular
  • methods and experiences using meeting software in conjunction with course management systems (such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle.)

Please RSVP using this google form so that we can give your name to security at the venue. If you are unable to make the meeting, you may also use the RSVP form to share a platform resource and/or let us know if you would like to be notified about future ACRLNY Discussion Group Meetings.

Thank-you for  your interest, looking forward to a good meeting.

Joint Meeting with IL Group 11/19

ACRL/NY Information Literacy and Distance Learning Discussion Groups will be holding a joint meeting on Friday November 19th 2010 at the St John’s University, Queens Campus from 10AM – 12 noon    UPDATE:  Room: Bent Hall 277B     (Campus-provided Directions)  (google maps)

TOPIC:  ‘LibGuides’.   Join your group members for a lively discussion on this online resource that lets you share information with your users. Learn how colleagues are using LibGuides for teaching and learning at their institutions.  Share experiences and get practical ideas and strategies for integrating best practices at your own campuses.    We would like to host some presentations, share resource links and have a group discussion.  We are open to having several presenters, addressing issues below:

  • Pros and Cons of LibGuides (covering technical issues and best practices for instituting these guides)
  • Instructional issues related to LibGuides
  • Share positive methods and experiences using LibGuides through CMS (course management systems) such as WebCT, Blackboard or Moodle.

Please follow the link to this google form to

  1. RSVP for the Friday Nov 19th   (Seating is limited).
  2. add your name to the list of attendees—this is needed to send to security. The name you put on the form should match whatever ID you would present to security (Please note: this DG meeting is open to ACRLNY members)
  3. share a resource, article or exemplary LibGuide that you think does a particularly good job of meeting the issues stated above,
  4. contact the chair of your group (Eloise Bellard for the IL group or Kathryn Shaughnessy for the Distance Learners) if you would be willing to make a brief presentation on an issue related to the topics above. (Note: presenters should plan to take  10-15 minutes  and should contain practical information for the membership)

Thank-you for your interest, looking forward to a good meeting.

FYI:  The 2010 Symposium  “Innovation by Design: Re-Visioning the Library”  is Friday, December 10, 2010 at Baruch College. Registration is limited, and it is filling up fast, so if you want to attend, sign-up now!