youtube tutorials

November 6, 2007

I posted the other day about my new position.  I’m still developing the modular tutorial project I mentioned in that post, but the first little bit is now in place.  In the past few days I’ve posted a number of really short screencasts to a YouTube account.  The idea is that they’re really short (under 3 minutes), casual and consistent in appearance, and reusable in a number of ways.  Hopefully this will make them more attractive to students and faculty who might like to use them in their classes.  One of the most important aspects, from my perspective as creator, is that they are so easy and fast to make that there’s no barrier to recreation when a site or database changes.  Is anyone else doing this?  Are you targeting local or distance students?

teaching technologies

October 8, 2007

Once I received my MLIS, I was promoted at my library.  My new job title is “Instructional Design Librarian.”  Right now we are still evolving this position, but largely the focus appears to be finding new technologies and creating plans and pilots where we can integrate these technologies into our services and workflow.  So, I’m working on developing a number of blogs (subject specific, announcing good resources, screencast instruction, etc), a modular tutorials project (which is still evolving, but I’ll let you know more once we have it figured out), and even creating little thinks like a twitter feed of interesting facts.

In the context of this blog and interest group, this work is interesting to me because we’re a very traditional liberal arts campus.   Most of our students between 18 and 22.  Most live on campus.  There’s no entirely online course that I know of.  Some professors use Blackboard, but there isn’t the widespread use of technology that you see at some of the larger technical schools.  Yet, we know students like to learn things at the point in time when they need them.  We realize students like to be able to have quick access to the information they are interested in following.  We know that our students spend a lot of time on their computers.

So while we’re not a campus with any kind of emphasis on “distance learning,” I’m playing with using the tools of distance learning librarians to help our on-campus population.  Where is the dividing line between distance and traditional learning?  Is there a line anymore?  Do you all have examples of this type of situation from your own place of work?