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May 24, 2017

Imagining Unicorn Frappuccinos on the Information Timeline: An Experiment in Student Engagement on Canvas

Nicole Gustavsen

  Written collaboratively by Nicole Gustavsen and Chelsea Nesvig Recently, we were able to try something new with an online English 102 class here at the UW Bothell and Cascadia College Campus Library. It is a required research writing course at Cascadia College that we librarians target for information literacy instruction – whether taught face-to-face,…


May 11, 2017

Keeping Up with… Digital Pedagogy

Nia Lam

I have heard many different terms that indicate online teaching and learning. Distance education. eLearning (or e-learning).  Flipped classroom. Blended learning. Hybrid courses. In the past year or so, I have been hearing more and more about digital pedagogy. It sounds self-explanatory, in that it has something to do with digital tools and the practice…


May 3, 2017

Gone Phishing

Nicola Andrews

Happy Choose Privacy Week! We are in the middle of Choose Privacy Week, and as such it is more than fitting that the relevance in thinking critically about how we use technology be demonstrated by today’s substantial phishing campaign, which attempted to gain access to Google accounts. The attack seemed to be launched this morning,…


April 5, 2017

WACC Report: Open Pedagogy

Nicole Gustavsen

I had the privilege of attending Washington’s Annual Canvas Convention (WACC) last week, and was able to catch many outstanding presentations, including two (out of three) presentations by UW librarians! Heather Newcomer and Alaina Bull hosted a rousing workshop on designing flipped classroom instruction using Canvas, and Alyssa Berger and Ana Villar gave a presentation…


March 20, 2017

Why Journalism Matters: News Literacy in a Democracy

Cassie Koldewyn

In response to the growing unrest around issues involving the media, politics, and an informed citizenry, the UW Department of Communication and UW Libraries will present a half-day conference dedicated to media and news literacy, on Saturday, April 1 in the Research Commons. Through a series of breakout sessions, event attendees will gain the tools…


February 28, 2017

New Instructor Insights: Suzzallo Graduate Assistants

Shannon Adkins

As Jessica posted about last week, we asked the Odegaard and Suzzallo Graduate Assistants to reflect on their experiences as new instructors, and received fabulous responses.  As I thought about those and how to frame this post, I came across this image and couldn’t resist including it.  How symbolic; this adorable fresh-faced chick, taking a…


January 4, 2017

Initiating a New Year of Instruction

Reed Garber-Pearson

The buzz of autumn is over and we slide into the less harried winter quarter. It’s a new year and I’ve been searching for fresh ideas to inspire my instruction. I’ve found this in abundance in the newly published Critical Library Pedagogy Handbook, a two-volume set edited by Nicole Pagowsky and Kelly McElroy. Volume One offers…


December 29, 2016

Teaching Cognitive Bias

Laura Dimmit

This fall, I worked with a writing instructor who was particularly interested in having her students think about issues of bias–their own, that of authors and sources they encountered, etc. As is so often the case, it was only after I was done working with the class that I found the kind of introductory resource…


December 15, 2016

Post-Truth, “Truthy Lies,” and other Post-Election Education Perspectives

Laura Dimmit

Over the past month, we’ve shared some events and resources related to teaching, librarianship, and the post-election landscape. And, while it doesn’t do to dwell on any particular topic on this blog, there have been a stream of interesting writings that address the intersection of education, truth, and literacy. Below are three that have particularly…


October 25, 2016

Putting critical information literacy into context

Amanda Hornby

A recent In the Library with the Lead Pipe article interviews academic librarians about how they apply the principles of critical information literacy in their library classroom. The article “Putting critical information literacy into context: how & why librarians adopt critical practices in their teaching” summarizes interview findings under the following (useful!) categories: How critical information…



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