Optimizing our teaching. Teaching and Learning with technology.
- Technology gives us new tools for accomplishing traditional library tasks in a more effective and efficient way. The change of patrons’ cultural behaviours and the increase of their competencies in the use of IT-technologies require that libraries focus on innovation and maximize their presence in virtual learning environments.The presentation will explore innovative use of technology in Academic libraries to enhance information literacy instruction and to foster the culture of lifelong learning. It will showcase how providing services in the on-line medium can reenergize teaching, engage students and advance the use of library resources. We will explore some teaching tools used at the University of Alberta: online tutorials, virtual tours, games and resource guides that add fun to library education and infuse energy and interaction into library learning. In addition, we will talk about online teaching, an effective strategy to improve learning experience and address different learning styles, and demonstrate an online course Biblio 100 developed for first-year undergraduate students. The session will be a professional sharing of strategies and resources aimed at promoting library instruction, fostering student engagement and enhancing patrons’ intellectual horizons.