Hello, #etmooc!

Decided to use Make Beliefs Comix to create my introduction on the Educational Technology and Media MOOC. I plan to try out other tech and media tools while participating in #etmooc.

Click the image below to read the comic.


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Gearing up for MOOC number two

Courtesy of Adam Lark

Courtesy of Adam Lark

Last August I participated in MOOC MOOC (a Massive Open Online Course about Massive Open Online Courses). This month, I signed up for #etmooc, a connectivist MOOC (cMOOC) which begins today and runs for ten weeks with a focus on educational technology.

As of January 12, #etmooc had over 1200 registrants worldwide.  I’m looking forward to networking online and learning more about what others are doing with educational technology.  More specifically, I’m interested in technology that can help librarians integrate interactive learning experiences in the online course environment. How can we transfer what we do during in-library research instruction to online courses?  I’m also looking forward to trying out new tech tools (see my next post).

Stay tuned for updates on my second MOOC adventure.

P.S. – I’m aware of the controversies surrounding what a MOOC is or isn’t, whether they are the angels or anathema of higher education, and whether MOOCs are another educational fad. My philosophy about using technology in education is that your goals, regardless of environment or tools, come first and technology should be chosen in service of those goals.  Yes, some people and organizations are putting the MOOC before the horse, but that doesn’t mean the concept should be dismissed.

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Teaching students to do as I do, not as I say

Tomorrow I’m teaching a library session to a first-year composition class (EH 101). The students have a visual rhetoric essay assignment, and they can choose from eight images compiled by their instructor.

EH 101 is usually the first exposure our students have to the library’s online resources, so we focus on basics of using the catalogs and databases in addition to research strategy. To prepare for the class, Librarian Heather searched our catalog and databases for information about each image. Results ranged from a bounty for Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup cans and forget-about-it for “Shadow of Disability” by Mehmet Tamer Kunduracioglu. This would be a good opportunity to show the differences in search results based on the notoriety and freshness of the topic.

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50,000 words in a month Eh. Expanding my writing chops? Absolutely.

I’m registered for Digital Writing Month (DigiWriMo), a challenge to write 50,000 words online in 30 days. I don’t expect to reach 50,000, but I do want to overcome writing “avoidance.” I’m also using the DigiWriMo challenge to break my habit of editing what’s in my head instead of writing first and editing what’s on the screen.

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MLA guidelines for citing tweets and the significance for scholars

Just wrote an Arts and Humanities News (my library blog) post about the new MLA citation guidelines for tweets. Although MLA is not the first to include tweets in  a style manual, their new guidelines have generated lots of comments about citing sources from social media.

I’m not a fan of strict citation rules (yes, I said it), but instead of looking at this  as one more rule for students to learn, I’ll use it as another opportunity for teaching resource evaluation: What types of sources do you need for your project?  What is the best way to search for those sources?  Of the sources you’ve found, which are most appropriate for your project?


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Library Day in the Life, Round 8

I’m participating in the Library Day in the Life Project (January 30 – February 5, 2012) for the second time.  The project encourages librarians of all stripes to share what they do during a work day (or week).  This round, I’ll be sharing on Twitter, Facebook, and here on my blog.

My first #libday8 tweet was about attending a workshop on the new version of American FactFinder from the U.S. Census Bureau.  I learned about different features on the site, but I’ll have to use it more to be able to explain it to students.  Workshop attendees bemoaned the loss of the simplicity of the Statistical Abstract of the United States, published for the last time in 2012.

Now back to work, answering e-mail, and preparing a Google Scholar workshop for Thursday.

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From photocopier to WorldCat: Library Day in the Life, part 1

Yesterday was the beginning of Round 7 of Library Day in the Life (July 25-31, 2011), an opportunity for librarians of all stripes to share with the world what they do during a day or week.  I planned to blog and tweet today only, but I’ll probably be sharing through the rest of the week here and on Twitter and Facebook.

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