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C&CS Presents: “Is the Framework a teaching tool? How its language can help (and hinder) undergraduates’ learning,” October 15 at 1 pm

September 28, 2020

C&CS Presents:

Is the Framework a teaching tool? How its language can help (and hinder) undergraduate’s learning with Rachel Hamelers and Jennifer Jarson

Thursday, October 15 at 1 pm EST

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While the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education is a useful tool for librarians to consider in developing and delivering instruction, do students understand it the way we do? Rachel and Jen investigated how students at a liberal arts institution interpreted the language of the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

They wondered if we should use the language of the Framework in teaching undergraduates. Could introducing the language of the frames explicitly in the classroom–in addition to using them as the implicit foundation of our teaching–resonate with undergraduates, or is the language too full of librarian jargon? While the literature suggests many librarians find pedagogical value in the Framework, research also indicates concerns about the Framework’s comprehensibility and accessibility for faculty and students. Join this session to learn about their research, survey of the literature, and teaching experience. We will explore how the language of the Framework can be a pedagogical resource for librarians working with undergraduates: What language do students find confusing and challenging? What language connects? How can librarians implicitly and explicitly talk about this with students? What strategies can librarians use to share the language of the frames with undergraduates?

Rachel Hamelers serves as the Teaching and Learning Librarian and the Math and Science subject specialist at Muhlenberg College, Trexler Library.  She teaches classes based on Science Communication in the Media and Communication department and the Public Health program. Rachel received her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University and her graduate degree from the City University of New York, Queens College. Rachel’s research interests include science communication and information literacy instruction. She is active in the Science and Technology section of the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Jennifer Jarson has been the Head Librarian at Penn State University, Lehigh Valley campus since 2017. Previously, she worked at Muhlenberg College as the Information Literacy and Assessment Librarian, Social Sciences Subject Specialist, and Head of Public Outreach and Information Literacy Services. She received her BA from Swarthmore College and her MLIS from Rutgers University. Her research interests include information literacy teaching and learning, undergraduate research, and peer-to-peer learning. She is a member of the ACRLog blog team.

All C&CS Sessions are recorded and made available via the CRD website following the presentation.

This project is made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services as administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Education through the Office of Commonwealth Libraries, and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf, Governor.

Support is also provided by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association: https://crdpala.org/.

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