ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program – Applications due May 7 2012

Applications for the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks are due May 7, 2012. The Assessment and Intentional Teaching Tracks will be offered simultaneously November 14-18, 2012, in Nashville. The Immersion Program allows you to embrace your educational role by embarking on a path of teacher development and pedagogical inquiry in a community of practice for academic librarians devoted to collaborative learning, individual renewal, and instructional awesomeness.

Assessment: Demonstrating the Educational Value of the Academic Library TrackThis track will approach assessment from a learning-centered perspective; participants will emerge with a broader understanding of assessment and how to use assessment as an important tool to guide evidence-based classroom, curriculum and program development.

Intentional Teaching: Reflective Teaching to Improve Student Learning TrackThis track is aimed at the experienced academic librarian (5+ years teaching experience, in a library or other setting) who wants to become more self-aware and self-directed as a teacher. This program facilitates the process of critical reflection through peer discussion, readings and personal reflection as a pathway to professional growth and renewal.

Visit the Immersion website for complete details about the program, including curriculum, learning outcomes and application instructions. Questions concerning the program or application process should be directed to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or

Margot Conahan
Manager, Professional Development
Association of College and Research Libraries
50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611
312-280-2522; fax: 312-280-2520


Learning Portal MC-Question Batch File Generator

Some of you may have already seen this. For those of you who use multiple choice assessment questions in BB, this may be useful.


—–Original Message—–
From: EDTECH-L : UofT Educational Technology Interest Group
[] On Behalf Of Brian Sutherland
Sent: Monday, February 13, 2012 5:07 PM
Subject: Learning Portal MC-Question Batch File Generator

Hi, Folks:

Many instructors who work with Blackboard will be aware of the ability
to batch-import quiz questions from a spreadsheet using the ‘Add
Questions’ button.

But writing each multiple choice question as the single row of a
spreadsheet is visually challenging compared with authoring a
multiple-choice question the way would would normally read it.

So– try this utility I wrote for one of our Faculty who does a lot of
quizzing with the Learning Portal.  It’s designed to make process of
authoring these batch import files simpler: you use a text file as a
template, then upload it to receive back the spreadsheet format Bb uses.

Thanks and regards,

Brian Sutherland, M. Ed.
Educational Technologies Administrator
University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)
1265 Military Trail, AC-335A
Toronto, ON M1C 1A4
Tel: 416-287-7520


Why brainstorming doesn’t work — and what does

There’s a common perception that group brainstorming is a great way to unleash ideas.   Jonah Lehrer (who many of us know now from his great plenary session at the 2012 OLA Superconference) has other ideas.  In his latest article from the New Yorker, he cites research that demonstrates clearly that group brainstorming doesn’t make for great idea generation.  What does?  Individual brainstorming, then bringing those ideas forward to a  group.

“Groupthink: The Brainstorming Myth” by Jonah Lehrer in The New Yorker, Jan. 30, 2012 (p. 22-27)

Thanks to Carol Rolheiser, CTSI, for sharing this link.