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Posted on February 2, 2011 by Maureen Barry

I will give a presentation next Monday, March 7 at the Librarians Association of The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill  (LAUNC-CH) Annual Conference, Service Learning:  Keeping the library engaged in the curriculum and the community.  The presentation description is: Librarians are uniquely positioned to support faculty members as they create service learning courses to engage students with curriculum and forge vital community partnerships.

Categories: Conferences & Awards
Posted on February 2, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Since our service learning experience (the book sorting activity) was cancelled yesterday, we created an alternate service project for our students.   And with only 3 weeks left in the quarter, we consulted with Dr. Sarah Twill to craft an acceptable alternative.  She offered the following project that she has used in her own classes.  This is worth 14 points, as was the original project (book sorting).

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on February 2, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Flexibility is extremely important in service learning partnerships.  And anyone who teaches undergraduates knows that students often lack flexibility.  That is one of the challenges of service-learning courses.

Tags: Information Literacy Course (EDT 110), SL Models
Posted on February 2, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Our class didn't meet during Week 5 due to the ice storm.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Last spring, I approached an English composition instructor, Stephanie Dickey, about integrating a research component into her English 102 service-learning intensive course.  I sent Stephanie Jennifer Nutefall's article: "The relationship between service learning and research."  (see Recommended Reading for the full citation).  Jennifer had done something similar with a composition instructor at George Washington University.

Categories: SL Models
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Homework due today, 1/25:  Students viewed the Information Cycle tutorial, produced by Penn State University Libraries; Students also submitted three articles related to their research topic (reading/writing assessment for K-8 students) to a dropbox in the learning management system.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

During Tuesday morning's class, our students discussed the web sites they found for homework.  They each found three web sites relating to assessing reading skills for K-8 students.  They decided in groups which they would deem the "best" and discussed with the entire class what criteria they considered in choosing the best web site.  After this practice in evaluating the web sites they chose, we provided a brief introduction to the Education Research Complete database, so they were prepared to find 3 articles on the same topic for homework.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Don't miss the ACRL Instruction Section virtual discussion "Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian."  This email just came across the ili-listserv yesterday: The IS current topics discussion, “Service-Learning and the Academic Librarian” will be held online Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 1 PM ET (12 PM CT, 11 AM MT, 10 AM PT) via the Elluminate platform. Convened by Gabe Gossett of Western Washington University, this virtual discussion will be an opportunity for participants to learn how service learning is becoming an important issue for academic librarians.

Categories: SL Models, SL Pedagogy
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry
I am pleased to be part of a learning community of faculty members who teach SL courses at Wright State.  In our second meeting today, we discussed the origins of SL and differences in terminology.  Many SL experts have tied the origins of SL to John Dewey and public education; however, some are making arguments now that it ties back to our forefathers, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson, asserting that public education is a right.  SL is a relatively "young" pedagogy.  SL, as it is taught today, really dates back to the early 1990s when higher education institutions started placing more emphasis
Posted on January 1, 2011 by Maureen Barry

Week 1 was full of logistics and housekeeping.  An experienced SL instructor and faculty liaison to the Office of Service Learning, Dr. Sarah Twill (Social Work), presented "What's this service learning thing Cheryl and Maureen are making me do?" The students also met Becky Garvin, the interim director of Project READ, who explained to them what the agency does for our community.  She thanked them for the work they are about to do for Project READ and our community.

Categories: SL Models, Information Literacy Course (EDT 110)

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