Rethinking the Instruction Session Handout Ashlynn Wicke University of Houston-Clear Lake LOEX 2011 Objectives Critically examine the ways to provide students with information via a handout. Create hybrid handouts/worksheets in order to provide the most critical information and learning activities. Going to discuss Characteristics of handout Project at University of Houston-Clear Lake Examples from library instruction literature Handout brainstorming activity Defining “Handout” 1. Created for a specific library instruction session 2. Can includes characteristics of worksheet and handout Harrison, T. (2007) paper handouts. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/tanjatakesphotos/2757963159/ Discussion Who still creates handouts? Why? For example, is it part of your instruction procedures? Just because you always have done this? Benefits to handout “adding the kinesthetic exercise of writing furthers retention” (Sousa, 2006, p. 118) “reduce the burden of note-taking” (Marsh and Sink, 2010, p. 703) Give audience something to refer to after session (Lederer, 2005) Value in having notes to review later (Armbruster, 2009) Project at University of Houston-Clear Lake Librarians wanted students to have tangible to take with them Minor updates yearly Portions not relevant to session Goal to make better use of handouts Discussion What information do you find most useful on handouts when you’re in workshop or conference? Are you giving students the same things you like? If not, what could you do differently? Keep in mind Key learning outcomes Complicated concepts that need explanation Factual information Supplemental information that will not cover in session Added Search Tips Database Comparison Charts Links to mobile websites and federated search Fill-in charts Fill-in-the-blank instructions Ice Breaker games Search Screenshots Search terms activity Database Comparison Charts Fill-in Activities Search Screenshots Ice Breakers Search Terms Activity BEFORE AFTER Links to other UHCL handouts http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/DMST5230/DMST%205230.pdf http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/CSCI6530/CSCI%206530.pdf http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/ENVR3131/ENVR%203131.pdf http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/INDH4136/INDH_Aug2010_Answers .pdf http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/ARTS3832/ARTS%203832.pdf http://www.uhcl.edu/library/RESEARCHBYSUB/BIOL3231/BIOL%203231%20Aug201 0.pdf Links active on 5/4/11 Unravel Workbook Example http://staff.lib.umn.edu/rcs/usered/unravel/U nravel2WorksheetF08.pdf (Veldof, 2006) Minimalist Approach Grassian, E. S., & Kaplowitz, J. R. (2009). Information literacy instruction: Theory and practice (2nd ed.). New York: NealSchuman Publishers. Error self-correction Question Active Command Learner prompt Minimalist Documentation on included CD-ROM. Other ideas Flow chart of finding information QR code The Library Instruction Cookbook (Sittler and Cook, 2009) activities QR Codes Handouts vs. LibGuides Venosdale, K. (2010) Please take one… Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/venosdale/4403179764/ Handouts and Mobile Complement each other? Tips Create for a specific audience and learning objectives Point to handout during session Leave white space Include factual information like library hours Consider design, focus on content Handout Brainstorming Activity Venosdale, K. (2010) Thought Bubbles. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/venosdale/4580094772/ Scenario 1 Freshman orientation session, required 45-minute session during summer orientation. Scenario 2 Freshman composition class, the assignment is to write a 5-page research paper on a topic related to their major using the preferred citation style of their major and scholarly journal articles. Scenario 3 New faculty orientation, an hour-long session to introduce new faculty to library resources and services. Scenario 4 Undergraduate business class, assignments throughout the semester will require students to find information about various companies, including SWOT analyses, annual reports, SEC filings, and recent news articles. Scenario 5 Undergraduate history class, the assignment is to write a research paper on a topic related to America’s involvement in World War II using a mix of primary and secondary sources. Where do we go from here? Wall, S. (2009). not the shortest distance. Retrieved from http://www.flickr.com/photos/stevewall/5664038495/ Questions? 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