Workshops: October 2010 Archives

With the new Google Apps suite it seemed to make sense that we were cross listing our Google Workshops to other training from University Technology Training Center ---an now vice versa...

Go to: http://uttc.umn.edu/training/

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Congrats to the Scholarly Communication Collaborative and their work on Open Access Week--including getting national coverage of their workshops. Nice!

Is There an Open-Access Citation Advantage?
October 19, 2010, by Jennifer Howard

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Monday, October 25, 2010 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Room 432A, Science Teaching and Student Services (STSS) on east bankstss.jpg

Wondering how your colleagues teach a specific tool or concept? Want new ideas to liven up your teaching? Have an instruction question you wanted input on?

Take this opportunity to share your experiences and techniques for teaching at the Instruction Forum in the new Science Teaching and Student Services building (which you can reserve too). Part of the session will focus on a selection of tools you can use in instruction then we will open it up for general discussion and idea sharing.  This is event is sponsored by the Instruction Coordinators and the Information Literacy Collaborative.  We look forward to a lively discussion.

Recently the Instruction Coordinators Group, created a short evaluation form for workshops. This quick and easy assessment was made using Google docs and is intended to help staff improve their instruction by getting patron feedback. While intended for workshops the evaluation  can be used to assess any instruction offering. For instance, I recently hosted a two day course integrated session for an honors history class. I sent the assessment to them and received great feedback. One student said that they found most helpful, "The information regarding how to find, identify, and utilize archival materials. The workshop improved my ability to identify the purpose of a given material and cite it." 

That is great, it is exactly what I was aiming for. However they also said "More information regarding how to use MNCAT and find archival materials outside the university system." would make the session better. I really needed to hear that since I can tend to overemphasis the aspects of archival research that energize me and give short shrift to the pieces I find more tedious. Now I can make sure I build in a more intentional treatment of searching next time.

If you want to send out the evaluation to a workshop or class you work with simply email them the following URL(http://z.umn.edu/ulworkshops)


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