Library Instruction: Meeting Your Students Where They Are With What They Need
Teaching is an important part of what we do here at Trinity Library. Your librarians are committed to partnering with all faculty to embed research and information literacy skills into your courses. Library instruction not only introduces students to using standard library resources, it also helps them learn to engage in critical thinking around information in their discipline. To talk to a librarian about designing a library instruction session for your class, please complete the form below.
Some of the many ways we can support your course include:
- Online workshops. Consider assigning your students to attend one of our online workshops. This will save classroom time, and introduce your students to using the library for their research. Choose a date from our workshop calendar and link directly in Moodle. Please let us know you are requiring students to attend and we can help with attendance. Approx. 45 minutes in length.
- Online synchronous sessions through Zoom. This option most closely resembles the sessions given by librarians who come to your in-person classes in previous semesters. Through Zoom, we’re able to give presentations, demonstrate how to use library sources, incorporate interactive tasks and activities using break out rooms, and hold Q&A for students all in real time during your regularly scheduled class meeting. Sessions can be recorded and posted to Moodle for students who are unable to attend. These sessions are great for teaching topics such as evaluating information and exploring citation.
- Pre-recorded sessions. Librarians can prepare short presentations that demonstrate how to use specific library resources. This is a great option to show students how to locate specific databases library’s website, or exploring a trusted internet resource. Adhering to best practices for online learning, our videos are short (~5 minutes or less), and can be embedded into Moodle courses.
- Research guides. Using the LibGuides platform, we can collaborate with you to create custom research guides for your course. These guides are great ways to organize numerous sources as well as introduce content. To get an idea of how a LibGuide can be adapted for a specific course, see this guide created for the BADM 499 capstone course for Spring 2018. Guides can be linked to and embedded within Moodle for ease of use.
- Moodle modules. Give your students easy access to the library by embedding us in your Moodle course! Your librarians can design custom multi-module lessons within Moodle and can check student performance with tasks or quizzes, or you can link to our resources and contact forms so your students know where to find us. Check out our new student orientation mini-course for a taste of what we can do in Moodle.