Saturday, March 14, 2009

Library Instruction "to go"

So far this session is really great. First off, the presenters are from Wayne State and that is where I got my MLIS! Secondly, they are incorporating really great interactive practices that we all should be using in our instruction courses. They kicked off the session by soliciting from the audience the challenges that they feel they might face in creating the learning objects to be used "to go". The presenters clearly defined what a learning object is and continued on to another exercise that got us, the audience, talking amongst each other about clearly defining a learning objective. Next they moved in to a discussion of "storyboarding" in order to create a learning object. The storyboard provides a plan where a clearly defined objective, a list of visuals/examples to include, and the attendant details associated with each example, ie. any scripts, highlights, or clicks needed.

The presenters next moved on to a discussion of their decision to attempt to utilize web 2.0 technology with their learning objects and the challenges and opportunities that this decision presented. In their first example they showed off trailfire and some of its linking capabilities. Their second example came from brainhoney and they utilized hot potatoes for their quiz assessments.

For community colleges who are beginning to explore the use of online learning objects like we are at my institution I think this session provided a lot of good food for thought in terms of the creation of these portable objects and how to make them socially interactive for the students.


  1. How wonderful to be able to attend! It sounds like you really learned some great new tools we can steal, er, utilize! :)


  2. I tried to understand what applications "TrailFire" would have for us, but failed.

    I went to "BrainHoney" and took a "tour" and it seemed like there was a bit of a learning curve there.

    I then went to "Hot Potatoes" and felt that I needed to register for an account in order to investigate the applications this site would have for assessmt in our instruction sessions.

    I'm thinking of going to Wayne State's web site to see examples of how they've used these.

    Karl, would you be willing to demo any of these products?

  3. Barb, the session was more powerful in terms of the process they used to come up with their learning objects. The particular tools are really of no interest to me personally, but trying to make things interactive, accessible, and doing them on the cheap using freely available web tools, now that I AM interested in.