Maximizing Student Learning Through Instructor and Librarian Collaboration in the Time of COVID-19 is a poster in the 2020 PNLA Virtual Poster Session. We encourage you to engage in discussion by leaving a comment on the page. The author of the poster will respond to comments the week of August 4-7, 2020.
Presenters: Justin Otto, Kathy Rowley, & Qing Stellwagen
Track: Academic Library
This poster details the collaborative work between two librarians and a First-Year English Composition instructor at Eastern Washington University to migrate the library research component of an English Composition course to the online-only environment necessitated by the coronavirus pandemic. During the past three years, the composition instructor and two librarians worked together on composition courses employing a “flipped classroom” model. The library instruction component of composition was a combination of online and in-person content designed to help composition students create original arguments driven by 1) teaching students why and how to do research, 2) walking students through research question development and research guide choices, and 3) guiding students through choosing research sources. Due to COVID-19, they adapted the research instruction section of the course for asynchronous online learning while still meeting and supporting the student learning objectives for the composition course.
This poster incorporates the pedagogical approaches, perspectives and contributions of the two librarians and the composition course instructor to illustrate how a successful conversion to online-only library research instruction was made in short order. It will include information on the effectiveness of the sessions gathered from student feedback, and examples of the recorded instruction employed in the online research instruction sessions.
About the Presenters:
Justin Otto is a Professor of Libraries and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Eastern Washington University. He is currently serving as EWU’s Interim Dean of Libraries and Learning Commons.
Kathy Rowley is a Senior Lecturer of English at Eastern Washington University. She holds Master’s degrees in teaching writing from CSU, Stanislaus and technical communication from EWU. With an undergraduate degree in graphic design from The University of the Pacific, she also teaches design courses for technical communication and journalism.
Qing Stellwagen is an Assistant Professor of Libraries and Librarian for Diversity & Inclusion Studies, Economics and Engineering at Eastern Washington University