Ask a Librarian: Integrating Library Resources into Course Design

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Aug 4th at 12:45 PM until 1:30 PM




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Marquette University, a Midwest medium-sized Jesuit institution, recently began offering its first fully online undergraduate degree program and is expanding its online graduate program and certificate offerings. Through this process of creating new classes or converting on-site classes to online classes, the Office of Digital Learning (ODL) has partnered with the library to ensure student academic success. Our session will touch on the various ways a librarian can be embedded in an online learning management system (LMS) depending on course content and student needs (i.e. one-on-one consults or monitoring a discussion board). There are a lot of services that the library or the librarian can offer at the point of need. In previous listening sessions with faculty, one expressed frustration that a student was able to access and navigate to JSTOR but that the selection of articles from JSTOR were not relevant to the paper topic. Librarians are skilled at working with students to evaluate information and interrogate the material. Librarians can help with access and critical thinking skills through assignment or course design. Librarians are often left out of the course design process. In a 2015 survey of United States based instructional designers and instructors, 79.7% of respondents replied that a librarian was, “rarely or never present as part of the course design team.” (The Incorporation of Quality Attributes into Online Course Design in Higher Education Kathleen Anne Lenert and Diane P. Janes International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, vol 33, no 1 2017, pg 6.) Adding a librarian to the course design team can enrich the course design process and help students achieve information literacy skills that will enhance their personal and professional goals. In spring 2019, the Office of Digital Learning reached out to the Library to assess how to involve librarians in the online learning environment. The library developed a “menu” of services and the established itself as a receptive and collaborative partner, particularly in the area of copyright. Design involvement is in the early stages but opening clear communication of what is possible will open more doors in the future. In our session, we’ll explore how the two departments established a relationship and how we overcame initial challenges. In our session, we anticipate that we would ask specific questions to learn from other instructional designers and faculty. VIEW THIS SESSION [Mediasite player]