Presentation Title

A Pilot Approach for Integrating Librarians and Learning Objects into a Multi-Section First Year Seminar

Location

Session Five Breakouts

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

At a mid-sized university, librarians who support a multi-section First Year Seminar course had to adapt their instruction to an online asynchronous format. The Library has successfully collaborated with the First Year Seminar course for years. This year, due to the pandemic the modality for the library instruction was changed to an online asynchronous format. In making the decision to move to this format many factors were taken into consideration, including the ability to integrate the instruction directly into the LMS. The library created a new lesson that was integrated into each section’s course shell in the LMS. Each librarian was then given instructor status in each section in order to access the content and interact with the students during the designated “library week”. At semester’s end, the librarians debriefed and shared their individual experiences with their assigned sections, along with anonymous feedback provided by the First Year Seminar instructors. This presentation will discuss the lessons learned and future plans for having a librarian presence in this program, whether synchronous or asynchronous. Participants will be invited to share their experiences providing instruction for First Year Seminars or similar programmatic instruction.

Presentation Description

Two librarians at a mid-sized university will discuss their experiences in adapting previously synchronous library instruction for a multi-section First Year Seminar into a LMS-integrated asynchronous approach. This program will include a description of previous efforts with this first year seminar program and subsequent changes forced by the pandemic. Discussion will include how this pilot project went, including lessons learned and future plans for having a librarian presence in this program, whether synchronous or asynchronous.

Session Objectives

Participants will explore best practices for integrating learning objects and a corresponding Topic Exploration Worksheet into an LMS course shell.

Participants will learn about a pilot approach to providing information literacy instruction during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Participants will learn about a programmatic history of embedding librarians into 38 sections of a First-Year Seminar.

Would you be willing to serve as a Session Moderator?

YES

Keywords

Active learning, Information literacy, Scalability, Collaborative instruction, Embedded librarians, Learning Objects, First-year Seminar, LMS-Integrated instruction

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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A Pilot Approach for Integrating Librarians and Learning Objects into a Multi-Section First Year Seminar

Session Five Breakouts

At a mid-sized university, librarians who support a multi-section First Year Seminar course had to adapt their instruction to an online asynchronous format. The Library has successfully collaborated with the First Year Seminar course for years. This year, due to the pandemic the modality for the library instruction was changed to an online asynchronous format. In making the decision to move to this format many factors were taken into consideration, including the ability to integrate the instruction directly into the LMS. The library created a new lesson that was integrated into each section’s course shell in the LMS. Each librarian was then given instructor status in each section in order to access the content and interact with the students during the designated “library week”. At semester’s end, the librarians debriefed and shared their individual experiences with their assigned sections, along with anonymous feedback provided by the First Year Seminar instructors. This presentation will discuss the lessons learned and future plans for having a librarian presence in this program, whether synchronous or asynchronous. Participants will be invited to share their experiences providing instruction for First Year Seminars or similar programmatic instruction.