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.