Good news, folks: The Rule Number One team – none other than the esteemed Dani Brecher Cook, and the begrudgingly tolerated Kevin Michael Klipfel – are going to the line for an ‘and one.’
That’s right! – starting August 10th we’ll once again be leading “Learner-Centered Reference and Instruction: Science, Psychology, and Inclusive Pedagogy,” an online course we created and are offering in collaboration with ALA/RUSA Online Learning.
Here is some basic info about the course:
This course will introduce library practitioners to empirically sound approaches to learner-centered teaching that can be applied to creating effective reference and instruction services that maximally facilitate student learning. The first part of the course will be devoted to understanding the current science of how students learn from the perspective of cognitive and educational psychology, and concrete ways that library practitioners can apply this learning to the library context. The second part of course will deal with motivational aspects of learning: What does the psychological research say about what makes students want to learn, and how can we use this research to motivate information literacy learning? The final part of the course will cover issues of diversity and inclusive pedagogy from within the framework of culturally responsive pedagogy: In a diverse educational landscape, how can we construct our teaching so that it includes, rather than alienates, as many students as possible?
The aim of this course is to give librarians the tools to feel more confident in their instructional strategies and ability to support student-centered learning. Not only will the course introduce participants to scientifically grounded pedagogies, but will lead them through exercises to concretely apply these theories to their own library contexts. This course will be of interest to any librarian who engages in reference or teaching, and is unique in providing a current overview of the current educational literature alongside practical strategies.
We had a really awesome experience teaching this course last month, learned an enormous amount, and were pleased to learn that many people found the course not entirely unpleasant as well. If you, too, are looking for a not entirely unpleasant experience, where you’ll learn about scientifically sound instructional pedagogies; how we might apply them to academic libraries; interact with your peers interested in these issues; and receive state of the art personalized feedback from your very own Rule Number One blogger, you can register for the course here.