Event Title

Keep calm and Glog on: An alternative to research assignment for online courses

Session Format

Poster

Conference Tracks

Library Instruction and Instruction Design

Short Description

You want to collaborate with a course faculty beyond those ‘one-shot’ library sessions but face roadblock! Check out this poster where the presenter collaborated with the course faculty as equal partners using alternative creative assignments instead of regular term papers. The poster details the planning process, the role of the embedded librarian, the rubric used for the assignment, student Glogs and their feedback as well as the LibGuide.

Long Description

Instructional librarians are often aware of the inadequacies of traditional term papers. Have you been frustrated collaborating meaningfully with a course faculty and successfully develop an engaging assignment for online students as an alternative to a research paper? While developing a Social Work course on Disability Studies, the professor applied for and received a XY University Library Course Enhancement Grant. This grant is intended to support faculty in collaborating with librarians as partners to revise existing courses or design new courses, and make use of library collections and/or services in creative and substantial ways beyond the “one-shot” instruction session. The librarian recommended using a Glogster for the final assignment/exam in the class instead of a traditional research paper. Each student created a Glog pertaining to a disability. Since Glogster is an online interactive multimedia poster platform, students could view their classmates’ Glogs and comment and learn from them from any location. Students’ creative Glogs were evaluated by both course faculty and library faculty using the rubric that we created.

The poster will discuss the collaboration planning process with the faculty, the librarian’s role as an active partner in the course, being embedded in the online course, and doing synchronous IL sessions. The poster will include colorful visuals of the student-created Glogs, how it stimulated students’ interest and their feedback about the assignment as an alternative to writing a research paper. It will also include the LibGuide created for this course. The presenter will also include her previous creative assignments used in other online/hybrid classes and information about the library’s Information Literacy Partner of the Month. The poster will also include bibliographies on faculty-librarian collaboration and alternative assignments to research papers to give a head start to librarians interested in similar projects.

Learning Objectives

  • Audience will learn about the planning process of the course and the innovative experience of the faculty, librarian and the students
  • Audience will learn about how Glogster was used instead of a typical research paper
  • Audience can check out the rubric, student feedback and may find the bibliographies useful

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Keywords:

Faculty-librarian collaboration, Glogster, Alternative assignment

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Keep calm and Glog on: An alternative to research assignment for online courses

You want to collaborate with a course faculty beyond those ‘one-shot’ library sessions but face roadblock! Check out this poster where the presenter collaborated with the course faculty as equal partners using alternative creative assignments instead of regular term papers. The poster details the planning process, the role of the embedded librarian, the rubric used for the assignment, student Glogs and their feedback as well as the LibGuide.