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Discussion Mindspot Video

by Michael Stephens on Sun, May 3, 2009 at 06:33 pm


I’m knocked out by this model of service and engagement with young people. My brain is also reeling pondering the implications of Mindkeepers and Mindspotters as library employees - another reason to scan the horizon for trends impacting our profession and changing our jobs. This makes me hope the libraries that have treated their teen users as second class citizens take notice. There is much promise and potential here. 

 How do we keep up with these type of changes in our curriculum, learning objectives and coursework? 


Discussion Interesting Ideas in the LIS Classroom

by Michael Stephens on Thu, Apr 30, 2009 at 10:40 am

This from Michael Wesch is fascinating me:


How our class works:

This from Michael Wesch is fascinating me:


How our class works:

First off, we organize it as a research group, not a class.
So, instead of a syllabus we have a research schedule.
The research schedule is editable at any time by anybody involved in the project.

All edits are (almost) instantly reported at our Netvibes research hub via RSS.

The hub also includes a Yahoo Pipe combining the feeds from each of the 15 students’ blogs.
There is a second Yahoo Pipe that combines all the comment feeds from those blogs as well.

To the right, we have a feed from our Diigo group, which we use to share links and notes on the web. 


My student-researchers and I tried something a little different to kick off our semester.  Instead of the standard syllabus that requires everybody to read a few articles to discuss, we decided instead to organize ourselves into a Smart Mob that would try to read a good hunk of the literature on a single topic in one go.  We chose to explore the implications of anonymity online, which is the centerpiece of our project this year.


I'm eager to incorporate these ideas into my fall classes... thoughts? Success stories? 



To facilitate discussion and sharing of ideas and changes to the way we teach in library school. 

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