I have had experience with many different types of instruction throughout my academic and professional careers. My teaching began with me earning a North Carolina license to teach high school social studies. After completing student teaching, I determined that while I had a great passion for pedagogy and instruction, I wanted to do this work in a different context.
After becoming a student at UNC Chapel Hill in the Master of Science in Library Science program, I was fortunate enough to become a graduate assistant in the Undergraduate Library and in Davis Library. This position allowed me to conduct information literacy instruction sessions on a regular basis. It also allowed me to have regular meetings and interactions with people who are also passionate about and experienced with this work.
See below to learn more about my experiences:
Community Workshop Series
The Community Workshop Series is a group of classes that are offered freely to patrons of several public libraries in the North Carolina Triangle area. I served as Coordinator of the series from 2015 to 2016. I learned a great deal about teaching during this time, particularly related to adult learners and digital literacy. I also designed several new course modules, including a class on Google Drive and a class on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Information Literacy (One Shots)
Information literacy instruction is at the core of my teaching interests. As a professional academic librarian, I am responsible for conducting class sessions at all levels and across subject areas in my current institution. These sessions typically take the form of "one shots," which are single library sessions that cover a great deal of content in about an hour. Other course instructors request a more embedded instruction model, which allows me to visit with the class multiple times or to support them asynchronously as a member of the course throughout the semester.
Another major part of my teaching involves workshops focused on a variety of topics not associated with a specific class. Topics have included:
- Using Twitter & LinkedIn
- Fighting Fake News
- Avoiding Plagiarism
- Donuts & Databases
- E-Books & Eggrolls
- ...and much more!
Click here to view the resources associated with my "Fighting Fake News" workshop.
This video was created as part of a visit to Wake Forest University's campus. My colleagues and I were introduced to their Lightboard technology and made this short (unrehearsed!) video. When asked to think about what topic we'd discuss, the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education immediately came to mind. This informs a great deal of my teaching, so it was a natural choice.
First Year Experience
As part of several initiatives on the campus of my current institution, I was asked to help rethink the First Year Experience course that all first year students are required to take. This involved speaking with constituents around campus to determine which elements of campus life and academic achievement were most important to convey to students within their first semester. The result is the syllabus linked to the left (click on the image to view). I designed the syllabus, including course outcomes, unit outcomes, and a great number of activities and assessments associated with each unit.