ALAO 2006: The Laptop Dinner: UC’s Libraies’ Online Gaming Tutorial

Olga Hart, Ted Baldwin, Debbie Tenofsky, Stephena Harmony, and Heather Maloney from the University of Cincinnati shared their experience developing an online game [PowerPoint slides] during the Instruction Interest Group breakout session. I was very interested to see how far they had gotten in the development of their game. I had dinner with Olga and some other Ohio librarians at LOEX in May. Olga had described their library faculty learning community focused on using games as pedagogy during dinner.

The UC team has spent over 200 hours developing their game. Unfortunately we were not able to see a live demo during the session. However, they did show us some screen captures (see the PowerPoint slides). Their game is focused on teaching plagiarism. It is remnicent of the Sims, but requires the students to make choices to move the game forward. 

The tools they used to create the game include: Flash for the framework, Poser for animation, and Mimic for audio synch. They recommended that game development requires a lot of time, project management, and resources.  Additional best practices and lessons learned can be found in their slides.

Their session handout (not included in the PowerPoint slides) includes the following "sources of inspiration":

Tutorials 

Books

Article

ALAO 2006: Mixing it Up: Using a Blend of Projects to Create a College Transition Program

Mixing it Up: Using a Blend of Projects to Create a College Transition Program was presented by Mary Lee Jensen, Barbara Schloman and Ken Burhanna from Kent State. Ken talked about Informed Transitions. This is the outreach program that Kent State Libraries has to high schools throughout northeast Ohio. Teachers bring their students into the library to work on class assignments. They general are there for four hours.  Mary Lee talked about their Transitioning to College. This is a web site with streaming videos, worksheets, and handouts that can help students prepare for college level research. The content is from the student's perspective. Finally, Barbara talked about Trails (Tool for Real-Time Assessment for Information Literacy Skills). Trails was developed primarily for K-12 information literacy assessment, but it could also be used in an higher ed environment. Barbara suggested that it might be used for assessment of first year students entering college. She also suggested that it should be something brought to the attention of pre-service teachers in education programs. Trails is free and standards based using the 9th grade Ohio Academic Content Statndards and AASL's Information Power.

ALAO 2006: Simmering Information Literacy Ingredients for Learning

Simmering Information Literacy Ingredients for Learning [PowerPoint slides], was presented by Colleen Boff and Richard Wisneski from Bowling Green State University. They described the challenges the liaison librarians were having delivering effective library instruction to the College of Education and Human Development. Their solution was to create a curriculum map of all the majors in the college to identify where they could best target library instruction sessions. They applied for and received a grant to develop a tutorial to learn how to conduct research and create citations using APA.