Walsh, Andrew (2011) Using active learning techniques in information literacy instruction. In: LILAC 2011, 18-20 April 2011, British Library, London. (Unpublished)
Abstract

A key challenge to us as information literacy champions and instructors is to plan and deliver interesting, engaging sessions that hold the attention of a class. Too often library inductions and information skills sessions are seen as ‘extra’ or optional sessions, particularly in universities and libraries and our users often perceive them as boring, uninteresting and unengaging, with little benefit (Todd, 2006).

Active learning techniques can be one way of turning even fairly short one-off sessions around, making them more engaging and interesting for all. Active learning concerns itself with “creating an environment where students can take charge of their learning, see relevance in it and engage in it, instead of having information just delivered to them” (Walsh & Inala, 2010).

This Pecha Kucha presentation will outline what active learning is and present a range of ideas, both high and low tech that can be dropped into your own teaching to encourage active learning. Techniques covered will include library bingo, non-linear PowerPoint presentations, high vs low tech voting systems and more.

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