school daze

August 21, 2007 at 3:37 pm (information literacy, teaching, women's studies)

School started yesterday. I never realized as a student that instructors get bummed by the end of summer, too! I am teaching two sections of my class (Introduction to Women’s Studies, 210 level) this semester for the first time.

I was glad to be off work from my “day” job at the library on the first day of class. I was hoping to get a bunch of grading out of the way, but no such luck. Students are trickling in and posting their first assignments slowly but surely. [My classes are both completely online – no face-to-face meetings required.] I did find some great YouTube videos to supplement textbook and Internet reading assignments, though. I love the 2.0 world!

One topic I like to cover in my class is research. Performing college-level research is taught so rarely it’s sad. I couldn’t live with myself if I didn’t give my students some direction to help them do research. Library research is much easier than it was “back when I was child” :), but it’s still not very intuitive. I do what I can to help them get started.

“In the nonstop tsunami of global information, librarians provide us with floaties and teach us how to swim.”
~Linton Weeks

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3 Comments

  1. Lynn said,

    What an excellent quote! I love it!

  2. Kay said,

    That avatar is soooo you!

  3. Teresa said,

    I didn’t realize that you were teaching. Very cool!

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