Event Title

Going the distance together - Creating one workshop series across two institutions

Session Format

Presentation

Conference Tracks

Outreach, Services, and Programs

Short Description

How do you support online learners outside of the classroom? Two librarians from different institutions collaborated to offer a synchronous workshop series. The workshops were offered as a standalone series, outside of classroom content. The workshop series was concept-based and met the needs of both student populations. When creating the series, engagement was at the center of the design process. The interactive approach allows students to build community and connect to librarians in a way that cannot be accomplished through scripted tutorials. Participants will learn about the selection of concepts, marketing, synchronous instruction, technical administration of sessions, and student feedback.

Long Description

How do you support online and distance learners outside of the classroom? Two librarians, one at a community college and the other at a regional campus, collaborated to offer a synchronous workshop series. The workshops were offered as a standalone series, outside of classroom content.

The sessions were created to address student information needs while working within the ACRL Framework. The workshop series was marketed to first and second-year students at both institutions. This allowed each library to offer multiple concept-based sessions that met the needs of both student populations. Librarians shared the teaching responsibilities which allowed for a more manageable workload.

When creating the series, engagement was at the center of the design process. Each 20-minute workshop was created with an active learning component to engage students directly with the librarians. The interactive approach allows students to build community and connect to librarians in a way that cannot be accomplished through scripted tutorials.

The sessions titled, Make Google Work for You, Getting Real about Fake News, Learn about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources, Coming Up with a Research Question, How to Read a Scholarly Article were designed to strengthen student information literacy skills in addition to supporting overall student success. Post-workshop survey results will be shared.

Participants will learn about the selection of concepts, marketing, synchronous instruction, technical administration of sessions, and student feedback.

Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

Participants will have an understanding of how to offer synchronous workshops across multiple institutions

Participants will be able to identify workshop topics within the ACRL Framework that are appropriate for online instruction.

Interactive Strategies

Presenters will ask participants to share their experience in hosting online workshops

Presenters will ask participants for other concept-based instruction topics

Tags

Distance learning, online instruction, student engagement, student success, online learning, community college, four-year college

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Going the distance together - Creating one workshop series across two institutions

How do you support online learners outside of the classroom? Two librarians from different institutions collaborated to offer a synchronous workshop series. The workshops were offered as a standalone series, outside of classroom content. The workshop series was concept-based and met the needs of both student populations. When creating the series, engagement was at the center of the design process. The interactive approach allows students to build community and connect to librarians in a way that cannot be accomplished through scripted tutorials. Participants will learn about the selection of concepts, marketing, synchronous instruction, technical administration of sessions, and student feedback.