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September 6, 2017

Tweet and Learn: Twitter as an Educational Tool

Patricia Devine

Twitter has been growing in popularity (although not as a money-making venture), and is one of the most used social media tools. While many still use it to connect with friends, follow the antics of celebrities, and keep up with family members, the use of Twitter as an educational tool has also been emerging for…


August 25, 2017

The Traveling Exhibits of the National Library of Medicine

Carolyn Martin

What do Harry Potter, George Washington, Charlotte Perkins-Gilman, Shakespeare, and Frankenstein all have in common? Where can you learn about health care reform, violence against women, the culture and politics of HIV/AIDS, and Native American health? They all are subjects featured in the National Library of Medicine Traveling Exhibition Program. The exhibits include both a…


August 22, 2017

K-12 Health Science Resources

Carolyn Martin

Did you know that the National Library of Medicine (NLM) produced resources for teachers and students? Typically we associate NLM with healthcare professionals and researchers. But, NLM has produced a number of resources that our future educators may want to know about. With all the emphasis on STEM, STEAM, or STREAM in recent years, having…


May 30, 2017

Thank You, From the Class of 2017

Nicola Andrews

This week marks the end of Spring Quarter, and with it, graduation; including the Information School Convocation ceremony this Saturday.  As of March, the Reference Division of UW Libraries employs over fifty students as employees and Graduate Assistants.  While graduation is a time for celebration, I also wanted to take some time to reflect on how…


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…


March 2, 2017

Blended Learning and other Higher Education Trends

Cassie Koldewyn

This year’s NMC Horizon Report: Higher Education Edition is available. Addressing key trends, significant challenges, and important developments in higher education technologies, this report draws our attention to what’s to come in the field. Of special interest is the segment on Blended Learning Designs; this is a look at what will be driving technology adoption…


January 17, 2017

Conversation as Learning

Reed Garber-Pearson

When I have an idea, I generally want to talk about it. I’m not alone in that learning for me is almost always about conversation and exchange. But how do we incorporate active dialogue into a 50-minute information literacy session? Michelle Reale writes about making meaning and contributing knowledge in communities of practice. Instead of…


March 8, 2016

Food for Thought: What Works Clearinghouse

Neal Parker

This post does not present new research, but instead invites reflection on existing practices. Feel free to post comments below. In a recent article on NPR, “There is no FDA for Education. Maybe There Should Be“, Eric Westervelt reports on the growing concern regarding the relationship between education research and teaching.  Although the federal government funds education…


February 23, 2016

Key Issues in Teaching and Learning

Cassie Koldewyn

EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI) has released the latest in The 7 Things You Should Know Series.  It discusses the top 7 issues in teaching and learning, as indicated by ELI’s annual survey. They are:   Academic Transformation Faculty Development Assessment of Learning Online and Blended Teaching and Learning Learning Analytics Learning Space Designs Accessibility and Universal…



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