Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Getting More Active Learning Into Your Teaching

Instructor: Andrew Walsh

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

Do you deliver training or teaching and want to find ways of increasing the engagement of your class members with the subject matter? This four week course will explain more about active learning, challenge you to assess your own teaching and explore ways of increasing active learning within your own instruction sessions. The course will provide practical active learning tips including some great starts and finishes to sessions, ways of improving discussion, ideas for bringing play and games into your teaching, and more.

We will start with explaining the pedagological basis of active learning and why using this approach can improve the learning outcomes of students in your information literacy classes, including "one shot" sessions. Participants will assess their own current practices and use this as a basis to develop their skills over the following weeks, which will concentrate on practical tips suitable for using in all library sectors. Throughout the course, participants will be expected to engage in discussion and self reflection, resulting in some practical "take aways" for re-invigorating their future library instruction. By the end of the course participants will have clearly planned how they will change future classes in order to improve learner outcomes through active learning techniques.

Andrew Walsh

Andrew Walsh is a widely published and award winning Teaching Fellow & Academic Librarian. Andrew is particularly interested in the development and introduction of innovative means of information literacy instruction; the theory of information literacy; and the use of active learning; Game Based Learning and mobile technologies within the library environment. As such he publishes widely in trade publications as well as peer reviewed journals, has authored books on both Active Learning and Mobile technology in libraries along with various book chapters, and is in demand as a keynote speaker internationally. Interview with Andrew Walsh.

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.