Final Update, Week 10: InfoLit course (EDT 110)

We made it!  Our students learned some crucial information literacy skills, helped solve a community problem (illiteracy) and turned in a pretty solid research portfolio to Project READ.  Yesterday, we met one final time this quarter to reflect as a group, along with Becky Garvin, Director of Project READ and Cathy Sayer, Director of Service-Learning at Wright State University.  In preparation for this reflection, the students write responses to 4 or 5 reflection prompts.  Then we discuss as a group what they have learned about information literacy, about themselves and about their co

Reflection and practice - or, why do I keep reinventing my class?

Lately, I've been feeling a little frustrated with myself as an instructor.  I'm always changing the game plan, never happy with what I have planned.  My co-teacher and I are constantly reinventing our lesson plans and our class.  It takes a lot of time.  And, frankly, sometimes I wonder why we haven't figured this out yet - this is the sixth time we have taught this course.  Why aren't we on auto pilot? Then, I realized that all of this reflection and reinvention is a good thing.  I remember reading The Reflective Practioner by Donald A.

Update, Week 3: InfoLit course (EDT 110)

This week, students took their first readiness assurance test (see team-based learning, Larry Michaelsen) to reinforce the following concepts:  The information cycle, Invisible Web, Service-Learning, and the course syllabus!  Yes, we ask questions about the syllabus to be sure that they've read it!  They take the RAT individually, and then as a team.  They get the better of the two scores, which is almost always the team score.  The team discussion helps them understand/retain the concepts.

Update, Week 2: InfoLit course (EDT 110)

Tuesday in class, Cheryl and I tried something new.  In addition to our guest speaker, Becky Garvin from Project READ (our community partner), and introducing the concept of the Invisible Web and some advanced Google search techniques, we also assigned the students a team-building activity.  The students were put into teams (the teams they will be working with throughout the quarter on their research portfolios) to build a tower using only spaghetti and marshmallows.  After they built their towers, we discussed their group process and how they worked as teams.  We hope it will help fo

Info Lit course - Week 1 2012

And, we're back!  My co-teacher and I taught Day 1 of our information literacy course this morning.  Our students this quarter will research fundraising for non-profit agencies.  We have a list of questions our students will attempt to answer including:  "What motivates people to donate to non-profit agencies?"  and "How have non-profit agencies been using social media to raise funds?"   Here is a more complete list of questions related to the ResearchTopic