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Beyond the SEA Webinar – Instructional Design: An Introduction for Librarians – August 17, 2016

Thursday, July 21st, 2016

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Karen Viars, MSIS, MSIT, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Georgia State University, Perimeter College

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Terri Ottosen.

Summary: Many librarians find that teaching patrons, colleagues, and other stakeholders is a significant part of their work, regardless of their role in the library. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering where or how to begin, this session is a straightforward introduction to designing, developing, implementing and assessing instruction. We will cover what the discipline of instructional design is, some of the most popular models in the field, and suggestions for applying instructional design inside and outside your library.

Presenter Bio: After completing a Master’s degree at Georgia State University in Instructional Design and Technology, and starting a career in developing sales training for a Fortune 500 company, Karen Viars completed her library degree at the University of Tennessee. She is currently a Reference and Instruction Librarian at Georgia State University, Perimeter College, with research interests in assessment, information literacy and popular culture and media studies. You can follow her @karenviars on Twitter.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Reminder: Beyond the SEA Webinar – July 20, 2016 – The Reputation Economy: Managing Your Online Identity in the Age of Google

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Date: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, Librarian for Digital Life, Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, University of Virginia.

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: Reputation awareness is as old as civilization, and technology has made reputation maintenance an even more immediate and important issues for individuals and institutions alike. Would you know how to defend your reputation or that of your institution should it come under fire? Join Kimberley R. Barker for a closer look at life in the reputation economy, and learn about practical steps that you can take to safeguard your good name.

Presenter Bio: Kimberley R. Barker, MLIS, is the Librarian for Digital Life at the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, at the University of Virginia. Her professional interests include online reputation management, personal branding, digital privacy, and the use of emerging technologies in academic and clinical healthcare settings. Kimberley is chair of the NN/LM SE/A Technology PAC, and creator of the Coursera MOOC “Introduction to Personal Branding”. She is also a singer of traditional Irish songs, as well as a full-on geek who delights in anime, all things Tolkien, and Nerf gun battles with her seven-year-old. You can follow her on Twitter (@KR_Barker), or email her at Grumpy_Cat@virginia.edu.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

Beyond the SEA Webinar – Building a Makerspace: Where to Start

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

Date: Wednesday, June 15, 2016 12 PM ET

Presenter: Bohyun Kim, Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, University of Maryland.

Contact: For additional information or questions regarding this webinar, please contact Tony Nguyen.

Summary: This webinar will discuss some common planning steps for creating a makerspace at a health sciences library and cover some of the challenges one can expect during the planning and implementation process. The presenter will also share some lessons learned through her experience of planning, launching, and operating the Innovation Space at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library since April 2015. At the end of the webinar, attendees will be able to identify some of the necessary components of successfully planning and implementing a makerspace for their library.

Presenter Bio: Bohyun Kim is the Associate Director for Library Applications and Knowledge Systems at University of Maryland, Baltimore, Health Sciences and Human Services Library. She is the author of two books, Understanding Gamification and Library Mobile Experience, both published by ALA TechSouce. She frequently writes and talks about technology at libraries. She can be found at @bohyunkim on Twitter.

What do you need to join this conference?

  • Pre-Registration is strongly recommended, but not required. Visit our registration page to sign up!
  • You can join the webinar the day of if you forget to pre-register. You can simply connect to the webinar a few minutes before the start of the webinar with the information provided below.
  • A computer (with Flash installed)
  • A telephone

How do I connect?

  • Go to this URL: http://webmeeting.nih.gov/beyondthesea/
  • Enter as a Guest
  • Sign in with your first and last name.
  • Follow the instructions in the meeting room to have Adobe Connect call your phone (this is the preferred way; however, if you have an extension or for some reason cannot let Adobe connect call you, instructions will be available when you sign in to Adobe Connect.)

Test your connection: https://webmeeting.nih.gov/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm.

Get a quick overview: http://www.adobe.com/go/connectpro_overview.

What’s New in the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education Edition

Monday, February 8th, 2016

Written by Tony Nguyen, Emerging Technologies/Communications Coordinator, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Southeastern/Atlantic Region (SE/A). Contact Tony at tnguyen@hshsl.umaryland.edu.

New Media Consortium recently released the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education that identifies trends, challenges, and emerging technologies. The report is designed to examine new technologies and determine their potential impact in colleges and universities worldwide. In review of the new report and comparing it to the 2016 Report, the following new points were discovered:

Important Developments in Educational Technology for Higher Education

  • Learning Analytics and Adaptive Learning – In order to build better pedagogies, empower active learning, target at-risk students, and assess factors of completion and success, institutions will utilize adaptive learning technologies to online platforms that will adjust to individual learners’ needs.
  • Augmented and Virtual Reality – Virtual reality constructs provide contextual learning experiences that can foster exploration of real world data in virtual surroundings. Students will be able to construct broader understandings based on interactions with virtual objects.
  • Affective Computing – Affective computing is a concept in which computers attain humanlike understanding through activities and understanding. This concept can influence and support online learning in which a computerized tutor could adjust and react to students to help motivate and boost confidence.
  • Robotics – New outreach programs are promoting robotics and programming as multi-disciplinary STEM skills to make students better problem solvers. New students show that interaction with robots can help learners of varying needs develop and improve their communication skills.

While the technologies listed aren’t necessarily new, innovative approaches have either made them new again or have brought them into the realm of higher education. There are a number of reasons these technologies could support or impede adoption within colleges and universities. The following new points were identified to drive planning and decision-making or impede adoption of new technologies if left unresolved.

Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption in Higher Education

  • Rethinking How Institutions Work – In order to make 21st century students work savvy upon graduation, institutions will consider policy initiatives, programs, and changes in curriculum in support of hybrid learning and competency-based education centered on online education.
  • Shift to Deeper Learning Approaches – Students need to be able to make clear connections between the curriculum and the real world. Project-based learning, challenge based learning, inquiry based learning, and similar methods are fostering more active learning experiences. Instructors will need to leverage technology to relate material taught to real life applications.

Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption in Higher Education

  • Balancing Our Connected and Unconnected Lives – As education aligns with technological trends, educators will have a responsibility to promote a balance of technological tools so students do not get lost with the abundance of digital tools and become aware of their digital footprint, and its implications.
  • Keeping Education Relevant – Today, a college degree does not equate gainful employment. Addressing this challenge will require institutions to explore new opportunities to earn a college degree that will prepare students with industry-specific skills and maintain the ethical training and credibility of traditional academia.

This review highlighted topics not covered in the 2015 report. There are a number of additional trends and challenges to consider should your organization consider adopting a new technology within your college or university. I encourage you to download the Horizon Report, 2016 Higher Education Edition and explore these topics and more in greater detail.

Webinar: NN/LM Greater Midwest Region Tech Talk

Thursday, September 10th, 2015

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM), Greater Midwest Region (GMR) is holding a Tech Talk session tomorrow, Friday, September 11, 2015 at 1pm CT. This session was developed to encourage all to re-think how to use technology to improve access to information. In addition, we hope it will help some attendees identify ideas in their environment and develop proposals.

Please visit http://nnlm.gov/gmr/training-schedule/all/GMR#results to register for this webinar.

Creative Ideas for Technology Improvement  How do you define “technology improvement”?  In this session we will look at examples of creative Technology Improvement Awards, how to find ideas for technology improvement award applications, and creative ways to think about technology improvement.  The presentation will also include Rachel Sindelar as a guest speaker.  Rachel was the project director for the TIA, Interdisciplinary Point-of-care Patient Health Education Initiative, awarded to the Broadlawns Medical Center Library.

  • Presenter:  Carol Bean
  • MLA CE Credit available until: October 30, 2015

Please contact Carol Bean (cielbie@uic.edu) if you have questions about the webinar or the award.

Last updated on Thursday, May 19, 2016

Funded under cooperative agreement number UG4LM012340-01 with the University of Maryland, Health Sciences and Human Services Library, and awarded by the DHHS, NIH, National Library of Medicine.