Event Title

Do or Do Not, There IS Try: Challenges, Considerations, and Conversations

Session Format

Presentation

Conference Tracks

Outreach, Services, and Programs

Short Description

How many times have you been frustrated when your great ideas to reach out to distance students and faculty fall flat? You think you’ve exhausted ways to meaningfully engage with them! No one likes to fail; but failures can be powerful lessons! Learning from other people’s failures can validate your own frustrations and be reassuring. Participants will learn to embrace failures and modify or try out new strategies to successfully reach out to distance patrons.

Long Description

How many times have you been frustrated when your great ideas to reach out to distance students and faculty fall flat? You think you’ve exhausted ways to meaningfully engage with them! No one likes to fail; but failures can be powerful lessons! Learning from other people’s failures can validate your own frustrations and be reassuring. Embrace failures and try out new strategies to successfully reach out to distance patrons who often feel isolated from the main campus. The old saying if at first you don’t succeed try, try again is part of the process.

This panel will discuss each librarian’s success and failure stories doing outreach to distance students and faculty teaching distance courses, as well as their roles in faculty professional development training, and how they have collaborated with stakeholders inside and outside the library. One librarian will share their formal outreach plan, elements that have been implemented from that plan including programming and creative videos (using Camtasia, Loom, Panopto, Lightboard, Powtoon). Another panelist will also discuss creating videos (using Screencast-O-Matic, VidGrid) and tutorials in her library and frustrations of keeping LibGuides up-to-date. The third panelist will discuss creating content for distance courses, successes and failures in distance classrooms, working with faculty and Wiley instructional designers, working in BlackBoard, WebCt, and Learning Environment Online (LEO) and GradRecon (special library event for grad students).

The panelists will then interact with the audience to exchange their stories of failures and successes doing outreach to distance patrons. The panelists will also have relevant handouts on creative ideas for outreach and a list of cool tools for creating videos and online tutorials.

Learning Objectives

  1. Audience will learn about specific challenges at three different institutions and how the panelists overcame those to support distance students.

  1. Audience will be able to identify at least three program ideas to do outreach to distance students.

  1. Audience will be able to reflect on past perceived failures and get feedback from other audience members.

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Interaction Strategies -

Audience will be put into groups and given time to discuss among themselves. A representative from each group will report back success and failure stories.

Keywords - Outreach, Distance Students, Faculty Professional Development, Engagement, Successes, Collaboration, Challenges

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Do or Do Not, There IS Try: Challenges, Considerations, and Conversations

How many times have you been frustrated when your great ideas to reach out to distance students and faculty fall flat? You think you’ve exhausted ways to meaningfully engage with them! No one likes to fail; but failures can be powerful lessons! Learning from other people’s failures can validate your own frustrations and be reassuring. Participants will learn to embrace failures and modify or try out new strategies to successfully reach out to distance patrons.