Re-Skilling Librarians: An E-Learning Professional Development Course
This course, offered at the University of Western Australia, aims to support librarians in their professional development by broadening and deepening their understanding of e
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Slide1Re-skilling LibrariansAn e-learning professional development course at the University of Western Australia Ralph Kiel & Mark Pegrum
Slide2Aims:Participants should: • broaden and deepen their understanding of e-learning; • become familiar with pedagogical approaches compatible with web 2.0 and related technologies; • begin to use these technologies in a pedagogically grounded way in their professional contexts.
Slide3The course:STRUCTURE • ran in January-February 2008 • 5 sessions of 4 hours at weekly intervals STRANDS • sessions to build conceptual understanding of pedagogy & technology • tools sessions to discover and discuss key technologies • workshops to explore technologies in a hands-on way • class wiki to reflect and interact in a social constructivist, technologically enabled space • projects to develop online resources relevant to professional contexts
Slide4Methodology:EVALUATING TRAINING PROGRAMS MODEL (Kirkpatrick & Kirkpatrick, 2006) • Reaction: what they thought and felt about the course; • Learning: the increase in participants’ knowledge and capabilities due to the course; • Behaviour: changes in participants’ on-the-job behaviour due to the course; • Results: organisational results achieved due to participants’ involvement in the course.
Slide5Data CollectionMAJOR SOURCES: • Class wiki: postings made on the class wiki during the course • Evaluation questionnaire: Questionnaire, compiled by Library management & administered at the end of the course MINOR SOURCES: • Emails: electronic communications received by the authors • Project rationales: statements of rationale accompanying submitted projects • Presentation notes: notes for talks given in the final presentations session
Slide61) ReactionsParticipants … • Were motivated and positive • liked the focus on pedagogy and the relevance to academic libraries • liked non-traditional, multimedia materials, but reacted in varied ways to individual web 2.0 tools • liked the detailed feedback on their projects • generally liked the organisation of the course • many suggested – running it at a different time of year – spacing out the sessions more • some re quested more guidance on developing projects
Slide7[i]t’s without doubt the best course i’ve ever participated in(including my initial degrees many years ago when universities were rather different). (Participant G, email) I have become more interested in new technologies and their uses, both professionally and personally, as a result of this course. It was a pleasure to attend this course – I enjoyed every session and it’s been one the highlights of my first year at UWA. (Participant A, questionnaire)
Slide82) LearningParticipants … • focused heavily on the pedagogical aspects – rapidly understood that pedagogy must drive technology • related the pedagogical approaches to their own learning styles • felt challenged by the social constructivist approach & the use of new technologies – most eventually appreciated the value of their initial discomfort • related the pedagogical approaches to their own professional contexts – many were very interested in literacy, multiliteracies & information literacy
Slide92) Learning continued Participants … formed a learning community • saw themselves as a community of practice • collaborated & shared insights • realised the parallels between the theoretical approaches covered & the community in which they were participating • expressed a wish for the learning community to continue after the course
Slide10it was very interesting to learn about the different educationaltheories in Week 2. All of this stuff is very new to me as I haven't done any educational studies previously. It’s like learning a new language! (Participant A, wiki)
Slide11this […] require[s] us as librarians (particularly the older modelssuch as myself) to get out of our comfort zones and really become familiar with the new and emerging technologies and understand their strengths, weaknesses, and best applications. We need to learn the right tool for the right job in the digital environment; how best to use the tools; and USE them. To just do it. (Participant F, wiki)
Slide12i'm pretty much convinced of the benefits of communities ofPractice. As a small CoP ourselves I am already benefitting from the discussion on our wiki pages - after only 2 weeks. (Participant G, wiki) It's a fantastic venue/platform for us in this course as we're learning about the theory by applying and practising it. (Participant J, wiki)
Slide133) BehaviourParticipants … • changed their pedagogical approaches • felt more comfortable using web 2.0 tools • felt they would need more time to fully digest what they had learned • noted limitations as Librarians in the University context – constraints on their contact time with students – constraints imposed by academics – constraints on their freedom to innovate in the IT area
Slide14[the course] made me realise that i had been trying to teachwithout the necessary pedagogical knowledge to underpin my teaching. I have used the knowledge I gained about the pedagogy to re-evaluate my teaching, both face-to-face and online […] (Participant G, questionnaire) I am avoiding where possible a skills based ‘click here, then click there, then select this’ [approach] and focussing on a higher level critical awareness of information sources and their uses. (Participant J, questionnaire)
Slide15[i have] increased confidence in relation to web 2.0 technologies,willingness to take on any projects involving them, and independently explore any opportunities they might provide. (Participant H, questionnaire)
Slide164) ResultsResearch Success! Library Blog
Slide174) ResultsStudent Services Vokis
Slide18using an online animated character for service delivery(Lisa Cluett)
Slide194) ResultsLegal Research Video
Slide204) ResultsWiki-based Research Video
Slide21Conclusion• we ran a second course in October-December 2008 – it occurred at the end rather than the start of the year – it lasted 10 weeks as opposed to 5 weeks – closer collaboration with Library colleagues was encouraged – the Library provided a list of suggested projects • reactions were overwhelmingly positive • feedback is to be collated after the submission of projects in February
Slide22my lack of knowledge, fear of, and overall inexperiencewith, Web 2.0 technologies created a real barrier to entry. I was very hesitant and spent a lot of time reading as much as I could before I started. Now I’m addicted!
Slide23Webpages• Vokis http://www.voki.com/ • LeFever’s Common Craft videos http://www.commoncraft.com/ • Mark Pegrum’s wiki http://e-language.wikispaces.com/