Location

Lobby

Type of Presentation

Poster Session (45 minutes)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Reaching out to STEM Students beyond the one-shot requested instruction sessions is challenging. Creating faculty buy-in for non-traditional STEM instruction is doubly challenging. This poster will highlight a recent activity designed to draw STEM participation in utilizing a unique set of resources from the institution’s Archival Collections. Normally viewed as primarily relevant to history and humanities students, this collection provides the backbone for a fully immersive Escape Room Activity and exposure to primary sources normally not considered part of the normal STEM course work. The hands-on activity provides an opportunity for critical thinking, reflection, and teamwork. The poster will highlight the archival collection, the challenges of designing instruction for cross-disciplinary work, building faculty buy-in and support, and assessment options addressing the ACRL Framework; specifically Scholarship as Conversation, and Information has Value. A handout with URL links will provide participants the opportunity to evaluate their collections and best practices tips for designing a similar activity.

Presentation Description

This poster highlights a recent activity drawing STEM participation in utilizing a unique set of resources from the institution’s archival collections. Normally viewed as primarily relevant to history and humanities students, this collection provides the backbone for an immersive Escape Room Activity and exposure to primary sources not considered part of the normal STEM course work. Participants will leave with a handout providing URL links to examples and best practices tips for designing a similar cross-disciplinary instruction session.

Session Goals

Highlight Escape Room Activity and how it can be used to introduce STEM students to Archival Collections Resources. Highlight cross-disciplinary instruction facilitating the connection between humanities and STEM. Highlight assessment of activity and resources to illustrate the connection with ACRL framework.

Session Objectives

Participants will understand how the Escape Room model can be utilized to introduce STEM Students to primary sources in Archival Collections.

Participants will review samples of assessment aimed at connecting the ACRL framework to the learning objectives of the activity.

Keywords

Archival Collections, STEM Instruction, Cross-Disciplinary, Immersive Learning

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Feb 21st, 1:00 PM Feb 21st, 1:45 PM

Archives and STEM: The Perfect Formula for Immersive Cross-Disciplinary Instruction.

Lobby

Reaching out to STEM Students beyond the one-shot requested instruction sessions is challenging. Creating faculty buy-in for non-traditional STEM instruction is doubly challenging. This poster will highlight a recent activity designed to draw STEM participation in utilizing a unique set of resources from the institution’s Archival Collections. Normally viewed as primarily relevant to history and humanities students, this collection provides the backbone for a fully immersive Escape Room Activity and exposure to primary sources normally not considered part of the normal STEM course work. The hands-on activity provides an opportunity for critical thinking, reflection, and teamwork. The poster will highlight the archival collection, the challenges of designing instruction for cross-disciplinary work, building faculty buy-in and support, and assessment options addressing the ACRL Framework; specifically Scholarship as Conversation, and Information has Value. A handout with URL links will provide participants the opportunity to evaluate their collections and best practices tips for designing a similar activity.