August 2011 Archives


We have been using this small QR code affixed to the Libraries map as an attention grabber with students during a variety of Orientation events. There has been a positive response--we explain that students can get help from the "Research Ninja's" throughout the Libraries and the QR codes takes students to the Libraries homepage/mobile page if scanned with their smartphones.

Designed by Andrew Palahniuk

Workshops in Brief

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stss.jpgCool an active learning conference in an active learning space... 

"The purpose of the forum is to advance practice and research on active learning spaces in areas such as pedagogical innovation, student learning assessment, and faculty support."

Anyone going? 
NancySimms.jpgSeems like we need to post a little something about about Nancy's article in the Chronicle from a while back...(I don't think we did at the time...)

Seems like a great example of teaching/learning all wrapped up in the national higher ed press...

...and Ended Up With A Re-vamped In-Person Workshop.

Just thought I'd share this recent example of Instructional Design serendipity:

Back in May a group of science and engineering librarians got in touch with Paul Zenke because we wanted to update our online tutorial, "Creating Posters In PowerPoint"


When we met with Paul he asked us what we hoped to achieve with this tutorial and after having a discussion about the outcomes he thought we might be better able to achieve our goals through a static infographic and an interactive online activity (a poster rating simulation--still in progress).

Later Jody Kempf and I met to discuss ways that we could punch up the in-person workshop that we teach on using PowerPoint to Create A Poster and we decided to take what we'd discussed with Paul and try to apply it to our in-person workshops.

We decided to use the infographic that Paul created as our workshop handout and also to take the poster rating simulation idea that Paul and Andrew were developing for our online users and see if we could use it to generate conversations in class using Clicker software to conduct a live version of the poster rating simulation.

So now instead of lecturing about design criteria we're going to give students a chance to look over the infographic and then we'll present them with slides of a poster (the poster images were created by Andrew Palahniuk)


And using the criteria on the infographic we have them rank the poster from 1 to 5 stars.


We then can use the rankings as the beginnings of a conversation about poster design principles.

I think this is a great example of the unexpected outcomes of going into a meeting with Paul...even when you think that you just want an updated tutorial.

If you're interested please feel free to use the can alter them however best fits your instructional needs.

P.S.  I'll also be posting these in the *new and improved* Information Literacy Toolkit!

Two ideas for support first year students....

1. Freshman Seminars


Freshman Seminars...worth an LCP?

2. Welcome Week

How can we be indispensable to students? To campus? I have volunteered for Convocation for the last couple of years and enjoyed it very much--generally I have been holding a sign for a specific college or directing students around Mariucci...and them I have enjoyed hearing the band and listening to speeches (but often you can go when you need to)....


Volunteers are needed to assist with several elements of the Welcome Week 2011 program. Join us in making the University of Minnesota a warm and friendly place for new students. A few hours of your time could have a tremendous impact.

Opportunities include:

  • Residence Hall Move-In (Aug. 29-31)
    Greet students and parents, guard belongings, or help with traffic flow.
  • New Student Convocation (Sept. 1)
    This campus tradition kicks off the first morning of Welcome Week. All first-year students are required to attend. We need greeters, section guides, and direction providers.
  • Class of 2015 Cookout (Sept. 2)
    We need food servers, line managers, direction providers, and greeters.
Specific details for all volunteer opportunities can be found at (you will need to log in with your U of M Internet ID):


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