“We would say, instead of holding fixed the time and date when you learn something and the variable is how well you learn it, we’re saying let’s hold fixed how well you learn it, and you learn it at a deep level, and what’s variable is how long you have to learn it, and when you learn it, and when you revisit the material.”—Salman Khan in Q&A: Khan Academy Creator Talks About K-12 Innovation (via gjmueller)
So, it has been awhile since I published a blog. This had been for several reasons including: Work, stress, and new girlfriend. But, here is what has been going on.
I have been teaching classes left and right and have more to teach the minute I come back from spring break. I have also been working on my faculty evaluation. Not looking forward to it, but it must be done. Next, the relationship… You know, all my friends told me that I would find someone when I least expected it. Well it happen and it just feels weird. It feels weird to be in a normal relationship or starting one. No my nostrils are not completely open. They are only 99.999999999999 percent fully open.
Now, on to something dealing with libraries.
Lately, I have been experimenting with new instruction techniques associated with bibliographic instruction. Often, librarians have only “one shot” at teaching students how to use library resources. One type of instruction that has been talked about in my department is the “flip” model of instruction. This is where students watch a tutorial about an activity. Then they proceed to tell the instructor how to perform an action on in the case of libraries, search the catalog.
It is the feature technique of the Khan Academy; a concept that began as educational videos on YouTube. The videos are casual in scope, like a friend is showing you how to do something. In a TED video embedded in this Chronicle article, the Khan talks about these videos as a way of supporting a “flipped classroom.” There is a great video of Khan talking about digital learning of the blended/flipped variety: My personal jury is still out on this style of teaching. However, several professionals have made great strides with this teaching model. Even some of my own co-workers will be soon trying it to see how effective this pedagogy technique is. I think what is important is that each generation of students learn differently. We, as librarians, have to revamp our pedagogical methodology to accommodate students learning style. We have the classical visual learners who need only a demonstration with regard to learning a new technique or how to use a service.
Then there are the interactive learners; these are students who require not only demonstration, but interactive dialogue and collaborative activity that allows the instructor to give constructive feedback. They really children of a digital born age.
Buffoonery of the Week (Gotta catch up )
You know sometimes in life, words do not describe an event. Take last Tuesday, I went to a coffee shop to hear a couple of bands play ( yes, a coffee shop). While at the coffee shop, I witness something that no creature alive should see. I mean regardless of your sexual preference this was just poor taste….. I am not going to post the pic. However, I am going to attempt to describe what I saw; a man wearing nothing but a red thong, with a beer belly, and a short nighty?
The front part was cut out in order for his hairy belly could be shown. Think ZZ Top with a Victoria Secrets nighty on. That’s what I saw.