Location

Room 210

Type of Presentation

Panel (1 hour and 15 minutes presentation total for two or more presenters)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Chances are that at some point in your career, you have heard a student ask, “When will we use this in real life?” For most instructors, those can be hard words to hear, especially after careful thought and planning has gone into developing a library session geared toward a class assignment or project. One way to decrease questions about real world applicability is to incorporate aspects of problem-based learning in library instruction. Problem-based learning (PBL) has been defined by Berkel and Schmidt as “an approach to professional education that stresses the use of real-life problems, encourages learners to discuss them, and makes the learning opportunity constructive and meaningful.” Library involvement can consist of supporting problem-based learning in the classroom or modeling real world problems in information literacy sessions.

This session will provide background on the pedagogical approach of problem-based learning in the context of academic library instruction. Special emphasis will be placed on how this approach increases student engagement. The presenters will share experiences from information literacy instruction involving problem-based learning in the disciplines of business, pharmacy, and nursing. Recommendations and considerations will be provided for those interested in incorporating PBL concepts in library instruction including issues in student transfer of IL knowledge/skills from academia to the working world.

Presentation Description

Have you thought about using real world problems in your library instruction classroom? Modeling real world scenarios can increase student engagement and provide context to show students how they can use library skills after graduation. This session will discuss problem-based learning and its use in business and health sciences library instruction.

Keywords

problem-based learning, library instruction, business, health sciences, real world, university

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Presentation (Open Access)

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Oct 10th, 8:30 AM Oct 10th, 9:45 AM

When Will We Use this in Real Life?: Problem-Based Learning and Its Use in Effective Information Literacy Instruction

Room 210

Chances are that at some point in your career, you have heard a student ask, “When will we use this in real life?” For most instructors, those can be hard words to hear, especially after careful thought and planning has gone into developing a library session geared toward a class assignment or project. One way to decrease questions about real world applicability is to incorporate aspects of problem-based learning in library instruction. Problem-based learning (PBL) has been defined by Berkel and Schmidt as “an approach to professional education that stresses the use of real-life problems, encourages learners to discuss them, and makes the learning opportunity constructive and meaningful.” Library involvement can consist of supporting problem-based learning in the classroom or modeling real world problems in information literacy sessions.

This session will provide background on the pedagogical approach of problem-based learning in the context of academic library instruction. Special emphasis will be placed on how this approach increases student engagement. The presenters will share experiences from information literacy instruction involving problem-based learning in the disciplines of business, pharmacy, and nursing. Recommendations and considerations will be provided for those interested in incorporating PBL concepts in library instruction including issues in student transfer of IL knowledge/skills from academia to the working world.