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This Canvas Needs a Frame

Friday, March 27, 2015   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nathan Swartzendruber
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Designing a lesson plan can be nerve-wracking when you're doing it for the first time. What can you assume students already know? How much time should you spend defining terms and giving background? How much talking-about and how much discussion should there be? And who can you talk to who's taught this subject before, please?

A framework can organize your approach to the classroom. It doesn't provide a lesson plan outline. Instead, it lays out concepts about learning that can direct your teaching. If one of these guiding principles is that research is built on previous knowledge, you might spend class time asking students what they know about a topic to find what you can build on. Otherwise your students might not be familiar enough with your examples to understand why one is better than another.

ACRL's recently-released Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education works this way. It's built of six frames that describe information literacy and what activities promote it. The Framework was revised through a process that included the release of several drafts, and feedback from individuals, committees and the ACRL Board.

Lots of work has been done, and plenty remains as librarians become familiar with the Framework and decide how to embrace and how to resist the confines and flexibilities offered by it. Whether you're taking your first step into a classroom or are more practiced, the Framework offers many ways to approach students.

  • Nathan Swartzendruber, SWON Technology Educator

Framing the Framework: Information Literacy for Higher Education and Beyond on April 20th

Craig Gibson, co-chair of the ACRL task force charged with creating the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, will be the featured speaker at this SLA/SWON event. The program also includes Q&A with Craig and a panel discussion.

If you're getting familiar with the Framework, this is a great opportunity to learn more and discuss it with your peers. Join us at the University of Cincinnati on April 20th, from 4:00-6:00 p.m. (SWON's paying for the parking.) Registration will open soon at SLA's calendar.


Looking for Performers?

SWON's Performer's Showcase has moved online, with YouTube clips available for many of the performers. Listings also include contact information and a website.

Performers are listed in a variety of categories: Magicians, Jugglers, Illusionists; Science and Animal Programs; Singers, Musicians, Music Creation Programs; Storytellers; and Theatre, Dance, Art, Puppetry.

If you know of performers who'd like to be listed here or know performers you'd like to share, we're glad to add to the Showcase. Contact Racheal at racheal@swonlibraries.org with the details.


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