InfoWizard is a cool tool that has been developed by Kent State, BGSU, University of Cincinnati, Tri-C, and the Mount through a multi-year grant. These information literacy tutorials are in various stages of development. The premise is that they can be used by any Ohio college or university. One of the sessions at the ODCE conference was co-presented by the schools currently working on developing these modules.

Problem Based Learning in Libraries

In addition to my interest in using technology in library instruction, I am also interested in problem based learning. I am currently reading Foundations of problem-based learning by Maggi-Savin Baden and Claire Howell Major. I would like to figure out how to integrate PBL into our existing 2 credit hour Library Research Methods course as well as some of our other library instruction programs.

Learning Objects for Library Instruction

I found a link to a presentation given at ALAO on learning objects. Karen Diaz and Nancy O’Hanlon from The Ohio State University Libraries have posted Learning Objects for Library Instruction to OSU’s Knowledge Bank.

“This presentation was given at the Spring Workshop of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Instruction Interest Group on April 23, 2004. It discusses theory of learning objects and provides examples of learning object repositories. Techniques and software useful for building interactive learning objects, such as simulations, games, guided tasks (action mazes and Web Quests) are described. Evaluation of learning objects and use of the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) observation tool are also covered. A workshop activity and a resource list are included.”