LTLC Practice Exchange: Activate classroom learning with polling apps

Submitted by Ben Walsh Overview of the event The Library Teaching and Learning Committee (LTLC) held their first Practice Exchange of 2018 on March 9th. Kaitlin Fuller (Liaison & Education Librarian, Gerstein Science Information Centre), Margaret Wall (Communications Librarian, Chief Librarian’s Office), and Jesse Carliner (Robarts Library, Reference & Research Services / Communications Librarian, Chief … Read More

Liaison Librarians Update Forum March 1 2016

The March 1 Liaison Update Forum featured a presentation from Professor Susan McCahan, Vice-Provost, Innovations in Undergraduate Education, on trends in undergraduate education that have impact on her portfolio at the U of T.  The forum also  showcased 3 additional lightning round presentations.  Each presentation was followed by small group discussion and an open Q&A session.  Presenters … Read More

One Tech to Teach Them All: Introducing a tool for choosing the right type of online IL delivery

Are you gearing up for the fall teaching season? Pondering ways to expand the reach of your IL initiatives? Having trouble deciding between creating or updating your interactive tutorials, libguides, or videos? You’re invited to try out a new tool for selecting digital/online learning objects: While many of us would like to create digital learning objects … Read More

Materials from the Articulate Storyline 3-Part Workshop

A post to hold materials circulated during the 3-part workshop series to plan, storyboard, and build learning objects using Articulate Storyline. Monday, January 26 –  Storyboarding: Slides For Storyboarding; Two Storyboard Examples; Library Storyline Demonstration Monday, February 2 Monday, February 9: Storyline Extra FYI, including instructions for creating a glossary, and adding notes and resources.  

ILU PD Day: Online Tutorial Design Using ULI and DI – Lori Mestre

On December 9 2014, almost 50 library staff (and a sprinkling of CTSI staff) participated in the 2014 PD Day sponsored by the Instruction in Library Use (ILU) Committee.  This year’s guest facilitator was Lori Mestre of the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, who led participants through a series of presentations and exercises on how … Read More

[PDADC-L] #17, Provostial Guidelines on Digital Learning Materials

These guidelines result from a change in the Ministry’s approach to ancillary fees. Page 3 points instructors to their liaison librarian to discuss alternatives to commercial online resources.  To support your work in this area, see the Libguide Learning Object Repositories and Open Courseware, which links to significant online sources of open educational resources.  I  update this … Read More

Follow-up on Blackboard Collaborate Report

At the November Instruction in Library Use meeting, Monique Flaccavento and I presented the results of the Blackboard Collaborate (Collaborate) pilot project on behalf of the Collaborate working group (see our previous post here). The primary goal of the project was to explore Collaborate from an instructional librarian perspective and to determine whether it is a … Read More

Measure online learning against real learning outcomes, rather than F2F models

Making a compelling case for examining the effectiveness of online or blended learning against empirical benchmarks, Edward Renner rejects the measurement of online learning against a conventional “sage-on-the-stage” classroom setting.  In “The Difference Between Theory and Practice,” Renner cites a number of studies that make comparisons between online and actual expectations of learning, rather than … Read More

Exploring Blackboard Collaborate – Pilot Project

In December 2012 the University of Toronto acquired Blackboard Collaborate software as a webinar and webconferencing tool.  In May of this year we convened an informal library working group to look at Blackboard Collaborate (BbC) as a potential tool for information literacy. We have held two meetings to date and though we’re still in the … Read More

Educause Top 10 IT Issues in Higher Education 2013

… and they are: 1 Leveraging the wireless and device explosion on campus 2 Improving student outcomes through an approach that leverages technology 3 Developing an institution-wide cloud strategy to help the institution select the right sourcing and solution strategies 4 Developing a staffing and organizational model to accommodate the changing IT environment and facilitate … Read More