A one-shot, face-to-face, in-library, 2 hour “brief” for five-twenty upper level/graduate students, covering Library and research tools and sites, specifically for their in-class brief and future research. These military members have either completed or are about to start, their masters coursework at a military university. The brief will be conducted in a small computer lab, with computers for each student and the instructor’s computer projected onto a smart board. Students will utilize their computers, pen, and paper, while the instructor briefs using PowerPoint slides and modeling computer searches through the smart board projection.
Students will be able to:
- Identify potential sources for information and productivity
- Assess quality and relevance of search results and information
- Understand copyright, documentation styles, and source citing
At the beginning of the brief, have students write a one minute paper on 3 sources of information they think they will use for their brief. After presenting sources, have them re-write their one minute paper to reflect what they have learned.
Ongoing “Fidelity” feedback throughout brief.
- Frequent- direct interaction with students in the classroom after each section
- Immediate- direct discussion of students’ questions/conclusions in the classroom.
- Discriminating- focusing on how the information will be useful in their class NOW and future jobs
- Lovingly delivered- Much less strict/rigid than most military interactions
After presenting the Source Evaluation Rubric, assign a site to each student, and have them assess it using the rubric. Then, have them discuss the sites as a group and rank them from 1-5 in order of appropriateness for the topic.
Instruction Evaluation: Have students complete a paper survey on the effectiveness of the brief.
The most useful part was a format to follow when designing instruction. Its nice to have an order to think about things, which helps make sure you don’t leave an important aspect out. Overall, it was a nice refresher for me for learning theories and instructional techniques, and to think on how to teach adult learners. It has made me miss teaching! In the future I will be looking for more opportunities to present library instruction.