From Stumbling Blocks to Building Blocks: Using Threshold Concepts to Teach Information Literacy

Sunday, June 29, 2014 -
1:00pm to 2:30pm

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Moderator: Lizz Zitron, Instruction Librarian, Pacific Lutheran University
Speaker: Amy Hofer, Distance Learning Librarian, Portland State University
Speaker: Benjamin Murphy, Instructional and Research Librarian, Whitman College
Speaker: Korey Brunetti, Librarian, City College of San Francisco
Speaker: Lori Townsend, Learning Services Coordinator, University of New Mexico Libraries
Speaker: Samantha Godbey, Education Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Speaker: Susan Wainscott, STEM Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Speaker: Wendy Holliday, Head, Academic Programs & Course Support, Northern Arizona University
Speaker: Xan Goodman, Health & Life Sciences Librarian/ Assistant Professor, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Over the past decade, the “threshold concept” has emerged as a valuable tool for educators seeking to improve teaching and learning in higher education. The term refers to the core ideas and “ways of thinking and practicing” that are characteristic of a discipline but that students often find difficult to grasp. This program explores ways that librarians can use the threshold concept model to make information literacy instruction more relevant, meaningful, and exciting to students.

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Friday, June 20, 2014 - 7:55am PDT
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I heard that notes from this session would be available online somewhere.  Anyone know where?

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