katep: November 2010 Archives

camera.jpgPost at ProfHacker on images. Seems to me that everyone should know about using Flickr and Creative Commons....

"Here at ProfHacker, we've long believed in the power of images to engage, amuse, and instruct. In addition to the wide-ranging images attached to each post, we've written a few words about pictures, too." 
image from claudiaveja

Musings on G.S.

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Two items that have me thinking about Google Scholar:google_scholar.jpg

"Our problem doesn't lie so much with Google and Google Scholar so much as it does with our students' information literacy levels. Do they have a sense of their subject matter? Do they have an understanding of the different places in which they can research? Do they know how to brainstorm, how to tie loose ends together into an argument, and how and where to find evidence to support it? If we decide to focus only on the students' poor use of Google Scholar, then we're treating the symptom as opposed to its cause, which are information seeking skills and research methods that haven't been fully developed. We shouldn't blame the student if the only search strategy she's ever known is to type a few key words into a Google search bar and then troll through results, because the difference between research and good research is instruction, practice, and experience." 

 I like this idea of "information seeking skills and research methods that haven't been fully developed". This seems to be a much better way of thinking of students skills levels instead of has them or doesn't have them. We can only hope students continue to develop these skills throughout University and beyond... 

 2.) Search engines and the production of academic knowledgeresearch_blogging_icon.jpg 
José van Dijck 
November 2010; 13 (6) 

"This article argues that search engines in general, and Google Scholar in particular, have become significant co-producers of academic knowledge. Knowledge is not simply conveyed to users, but is co-produced by search engines' ranking systems and profiling systems, none of which are open to the rules of transparency, relevance and privacy in a manner known from library scholarship in the public domain. Inexperienced users tend to trust proprietary engines as neutral mediators of knowledge and a

Pecha Kucha's posted

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20by20.jpgTo see the source of Jon's inspiration for his blog post, A Pecha Kucha Lesson: How The Library Is Like A Forest, you can view the presentations and hear Jon describe why librarians used to wear aprons.

Helping folks make Posters

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Just noticed on the Quality Fair & Forum 2011 page--a great link to our tutorial about making posters (http://www1.umn.edu/ohr/quality/)

It would be interesting to see where some of our tutorials are linked....

Please consider attending...

Date: 11/18/2010

Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

Location: 125 McNamara Alumni Center

Cost: Free


Demystify faculty support at the U of M.

Do you provide support and consultation to faculty and instructors? We invite you to join a discussion with a panel of University staff members who regularly consult with faculty on topics of teaching and learning. Learn about how others do this and meet colleagues doing similar work.

Consultants on campus provide support for educational technology, research, instructional design, writing, universal design, accessibility, service learning, outreach, study abroad, and more. In learning about other faculty consultants on campus, we hope that productive connections will be made that lead to more integrated and collaborative work in the future.

Panelists include consultants from Center for Teaching & Learning, Center for Writing, Disability Services, Office of Information Technology, and University Libraries, but we hope that individuals from many offices/locations/places will attend.

Please go to http://z.umn.edu/connectingconsultants to let us know if you can attend or, if you can't, if you'd like to be notified of any future events.

camtasia_relay_package.jpgCamtasia Relay 3 has some new features which caught my attention:
  • Add captions to videos with ease
  • Enhanced audio capture
  • Improved search accuracy
  • Powerful editing
Not sure how long these might take to get to our version, Class Capture through OIT, but maybe soon...

Designing for the iPad?

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We just got a request from the CEHD to use the Intro to Library Research in a first year class--with their new iPads. Hum...good question.ipad.jpg The way we created Intro to Library Research--it is in Flash (by way of Captivate) which doesn't work on the iPad. So we are retro fitting the content to HTML pages to increase accessibility both for iPads and Screenreaders. We will share the final product soon.

I also ran across this post in the Chronicle but by a University of Minnesota faculty... The iPad, the Kindle, or a Manual Typewriter?

November 7, 2010, 5:31 pm
Chronicle of Higher Education

"We need e-book readers that can handle color and that are reasonably priced. Make it so, Amazon, Apple, or anyone else. I'll be working away on material for your reader, doing first drafts on a typewriter."

LCP in Brief

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We got the Library Course Page advertised in the Brief this week!


10 new tutorials in PRIMO

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10 new projects were accepted into the PRIMO (Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online) database. The accepted projects from the Spring 2010 round of reviews are as follows:

Answering Clinical Questions (ACQ), University of Western Australia
URL:     http://www.meddent.uwa.edu.au/acq
Description:     The Answering Clinical Questions (ACQ) program is a series of online learning modules covering an introductory curriculum for Evidence-Based Practice (EBP). The ACQ program: •exemplifies the University of Western Australia (UWA), Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences approach to EBP •ensures that geographically dispersed UWA staff and students have access to the introductory curriculum for EBP •supports the EBP teaching and learning activities of UWA staff and students

Research Basics 101, East Carolina University
URL:     http://media.lib.ecu.edu/DE/research_basics.cfm
Description:     Research Basics is a collection of six online, self-paced tutorials covering the beginning of the research process through finding resources. It highlights keyword generation, types of resources, the information time line, research evaluation strategies, and library website navigation. Each tutorial includes a concept check with time for reflection. The tutorials enhance library instruction sessions and provide undergraduate, graduate, and distance education students with asynchronous instruction.

The Productive Researcher, Syracuse University Library
URL:     http://library.syr.edu/services/getting_help/instruction/productive_researcher/index.php
Description:     The Productive Researcher is a set of six modules intended to provide an introduction to general library research skills. It also may serve as a quick review or update for the experienced researcher. You may choose from text, video, video with captioning, and audio podcast versions of these lessons. Topics include defining a topic and generating keywords, finding databases on the library's web site, finding articles in library databases, finding full text articles, using the library's catalog, and using databases to find information in different formats.

Harold B. Lee Library Virtual Tour, Brigham Young UniversityLeeLibTour.jpg
URL:     http://net.lib.byu.edu/tutorial/hbll
Description:     Design a library virtual tour for the BYU-Salt Lake Center so satellite students can fulfill the library tour requirement for First-Year Writing without having to travel to Provo, Utah.

Articles, Books, and Beyond: Library Orientation Workshop, Sonoma State University Library
URL:     http://library.sonoma.edu/orientation/
Description:     Articles, Books & Beyond Online Workshop is a series of 8 quick tutorials that introduce the basic resources and services of the Sonoma State University Library. A quiz is available as an optional resource to test student understanding and application of the basic library skills taught in the tutorials. Once passed, the quiz provides an option to print out a certificate of completion.

Newton Gresham Library Information Literacy Tutorial, Sam Houston State University
URL:     http://library.shsu.edu/research/instruction/infotutorial/index.html
Description:     A module-based information literacy tutorial that addresses each stage of the research process, including selecting a topic, identifying information needs, selecting sources, locating information, evaluating information, and citing sources. The tutorial uses Flash, but the slide text is also accessible to screen readers such as JAWS.

**Consumer Health Complete, University of Minnesota**

Author: Matt Lee, Minitex
URL:     http://www.minitex.umn.edu/Training/SelfPaced/CHC/CHC.html
Description:     Consumer Health Complete is part of an ongoing series of tutorials thatConsumerHealth.jpg provide an introduction to databases available statewide to libraries, schools, and residents via the Electronic Library for Minnesota (ELM) program. Minitex manages the ELM program and created these tutorials to promote it to schools and libraries, and to provide an introduction to database content and navigation to library staff and MN residents.

What is a Database? Ursuline College

URL:     http://www.ursuline.edu/Library/Indexes/tutorial_database.html
Description:     This interactive tutorial explains the concept of a database. It explores familiar databases such as Amazon and YouTube, and uses them to illustrate the concepts of records and fields. These concepts are then applied to library databases, including the library catalog and Academic Search Complete. Users must answer a few multiple choice questions to confirm their understanding of key concepts.

Goblin Threat, Lycoming College
URL:     http://www.lycoming.edu/library/instruction/plagiarismgame.html
Description:     The Goblin Threat game was created to be a fun way for undergraduate students to learn the basics of plagiarism in a non-threatening game environment.

Understanding Wikipedia, Raritan Valley Community College
URL:     http://library.raritanval.edu/infolit1/obj4/wikipedia.asp
Description:     This section if part of a longer information literacy tutorial designed for undergraduates. The Wikipedia section begins with an explanation of Wikipedia and is followed by a guided Wikipedia search that instructs students how to use the References section of a Wikipedia article to find additional sources. Using 2 frames - one which provides instructions for the guided search and another which allows the student to actively explore a Wikipedia article - this learning object provides an interactive approach to helping students understand how Wikipedia can be used in their research appropriately: by referring them to additional sources.

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