SI 643 Reflection of 2nd Class

28 Jan
In this class, we discussed about various challenges in teaching. First, we talked about the challenge of development courses for adults. For example, knowledge levels of adult students vary to a significant degree across students. Some students may think they already have enough knowledge of a subject, so they are likely to pay less attention to what instructors are teaching. Furthermore, Adults are known to seldom express what they do and don’t know in class. Therefore, instructors who taught one-time workshop to adults would be hard to make a standardized education materials which could make all sorts of audience satisfied.

In the case of teaching children, the challenge is that children tend to follow any hyperlink which they can easily access and are more likely to believe any information they found in the Internet. Credibility of information is not their primary issue in many cases. Thus, teachers need to teach children how they know what is credible information and what is not when they search the Internet. Furthermore, SI 643 colleagues who have experience of teaching children let us know that students’ attitudes toward teachers are sometimes unpredictable and hard to understand.

Then the question is how can instructors perform effectively and efficiently in class in order to improve students’ learning ability? Through lectures and discussion, I learned that we, librarians, need to follow two major guidelines. First, we need to be a Virtuoso who knows what students want to know rather than a Artisan who can say what (s)he knows about. I think that becoming a Virtuoso is really an important task to librarians because, in most cases, our meeting with students is one-time event. We teach students or answer their inquiry just once when they ask a question whether in person or virtually, or when they attend a one-time workshop. Compared to instructors who interact with students regularly through a whole semester, thus, we really need to focus on who is our main audience and what they want because we seldom have a chance to teach the student again. Second, online tutorials, such as screencasts, can be a useful tool to overcome the limitation of one-time workshop. If instructors provide a screencast after they gave a one-time workshop, students can revisit the workshop via the screencast and learn something that they may have missed or could not catch up at the workshop. A screencast can be even more useful for people who did not attend the workshop.

1 Comment

Posted by on January 28, 2012 in Uncategorized


One response to “SI 643 Reflection of 2nd Class

  1. halleyt

    January 28, 2012 at 5:50 pm

    I really like your point about librarians being more limited as instructors because we do have only that one workshop with patrons, and we can’t really see the growth in their learning or know if they really learned something. I also like your idea of screencasts being useful for people who did not attend the workshops. There are several reasons patrons might not attend library workshops, such as the time the workshop is held, or maybe there was not enough room in the session for them. My only concern about that is what if the patron is confused about a point in the screencast? Maybe the librarian that created it could also post their contact information so that a patron might ask for clarification, or set up a time perhaps for additional instruction?


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