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7Apr/09Off

Instruction skills and conference presentations

I try not to just link to other posts very often, but I've been in catch-up mode since returning from Computers in Libraries late last week and haven't had time to blog about it.  However, among the many other cool things I did and saw at CiL was meeting Catherine Pellegrino, who this morning posted on her blog about What Instruction Librarians Could Teach The Rest Of Us About Conference Presentations.

This is one of those head-slap moments.  I'm supposed to know how to be a good teacher; why don't I use any of those active learning techniques in my presentations?  I have no idea.  I'm going to think about this before the next time I give a presentation.

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  1. This is so so funny. I remember sitting in instruction presentations and the presenters would talk AT us….it’s tought, but active learning is surprisingly do-able in presentations…even if it’s just a little thing here and there.

  2. I’d love any recommended reading you’d care to point my way.

  3. I noticed this as well. If you are heading to ALA we are doing a 4-hour preconference on this topic.

  4. Hey, Jason, thanks for the link! It was definitely a head-slap moment for me as well, and I’m a little mortified that it took me as long as it did to figure it out. I mean, I work really hard to squeeze even a smidge of active learning into the most deadly-dull (and non-computer-enabled) instruction session, and then turn around and go to a conference and have no expectation of anything other than being talked at for hours on end. Huh?

    Maybe this is why LobbyCon can be so awesome.

  5. some quick resources – you can find tons, and i mean TONS of articles in ERIC — esp. some practical advice/experiences — also, the key is really ANY instruction books/articles work — teaching methods are teaching methods….no matter the topic:

    here are some things i had in my endnote library –>

    Gedeon, R. (1997). Enhancing a large lecture with active learning. Research strategies, 15(4), pp. 301- 309.

    Erickson, B. L., Peters, C. B., Strommer, D. W., & Erickson, B. L. (2006). Teaching first-year college students. Jossey-Bass higher and adult education series. San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

    McKeachie, W. J. (1999). McKeachie’s teaching tips. (10th ed.). Boston: Houghton Mifflin. [this is a GREAT resource]

    McCormack, C. E. (1995). Active learning for large groups. CELTS resource booklet, no. 8. Belconnen, A.C.T.: Centre for the Enhancement of Learning, Teaching and Scholarship (CELTS), University of Canberra.

    National Science Teachers Association. (2002). Innovative techniques for large-group instruction: An NSTA Press journals collection. Arlington, Va: NSTA Press.


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