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MCLI: Moving Professional Workshops Online: Home

Workshop Information

Title: Moving Professional Workshops Online: Personalized Learning, Time and Space

Sponsor: MCLI Teaching and Learning with Technology Conference: The Personal Touch: Personalizing Learning Using Technology

Date: Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Abstract: Turning an in-person Faculty Professional Growth workshop into a personalized online, asynchronous learnshop proved to be both popular and successful with faculty this past year. Discover how District Librarians collaborated to meet instructors’ needs and busy schedules in delivering findings from a critical Project Information Literacy report In this session, learn not only about the process of establishing the online learnshop and lessons learned, also participate in sampling valuable content from the  learnshop, Research Assignment Handouts: Essentials to Promote Student Success.
Instructional Goal: Attendees will leave this seminar with an understanding of the advantages and challenges of taking a learnshop from a face-to-face setting to the online environment. Background knowledge will be provided about Project Information Literacy and the learnshop's content as they relate to the session's topic. Canvas and other technology resources will be explored as tools for laying out the learnshop's online structure. The importance of marketing as well as participant and facilitator feedback for improving online learnshops will be emphasized.
  • Renee Smith has a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee and a Masters of Science in Education from the State University of New York, New Paltz.  She served as an instructional programs librarian for Thunderbird School of Global Management and an OYO librarian for Phoenix College.  She is currently a residential faculty librarian for Glendale Community College
  • Janelle Underhill has a Masters of Arts in Library Science from the University of Arizona. She has served as a residential faculty librarian for Rio Salado College since 2001. She teaches online courses dealing with Information Literacy concepts and skills (IFS and LBS), offers in-person classroom instruction to help students with the research process, and serves as a reference librarian for the District’s Ask-a-Librarian chat service. Janelle has presented at conferences for MCCD’s Teaching and Learning with Technology as well as the American Library Association.

Both Renee Smith and Janelle Underhill participated in the initial face-to-face workshop.  During Summer 2012 they worked collaboratively with Danielle Carlock (SCC) and Lili Kang (PVCC) to develop the online version in Canvas. In ongoing development, Renee and Janelle have also served as instructors for two of the four sections of the online learnshop during the 2012-2013 academic year.