ACRL Developing New Scholarship of Teaching and Learning RoadShow

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ACRL has selected a team of three curriculum designers/presenters to develop a new RoadShow workshop to support librarians in engaging in the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) and discovering how their teaching impacts student learning. This workshop will be intended for any librarian who interacts with students and faculty, as well as teaching center staff and faculty interested in collaborating on SoTL projects, and will be available for host institutions worldwide to bring to their campuses beginning in Fall 2020.

SoTL is a movement in higher education to study the teaching and learning that occurs on college campuses in order to improve student learning. Librarians are uniquely situated to impact the learning of students in a variety of ways, such as at the reference desk, in one-shot sessions, one-on-one consultations, collaboration with faculty, and through co-curricular activities.

ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee (SLILC) previously identified SoTL as an area of need, and following the success of ACRL’s publication of The Grounded Instruction Librarian: Participating in The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, as well as the accompanying multi-part webcast series, ACRL determined that in-person training would further support the association’s goal of advancing equitable and inclusive pedagogical practices and environments for libraries to support student learning. This workshop will fill a gap in helping librarians develop skills in conducting non-literature-based research.

The curriculum design and presentation team will be made up of authors and presenters of The Grounded Instruction Librarian, including:

  • Lauren Hays, Assistant Professor of Instructional Technology, University of Central Missouri
  • Rhonda Huisman, Dean of University Library, St. Cloud State University
  • Melissa Mallon, Director of the Peabody Library and Director of Teaching & Learning, Vanderbilt University

“We are thrilled that ACRL supports the development of this curriculum to deepen the understanding, adoption, and application of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning within the profession,” said Nicole Brown, chair of ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee. “The expertise this team brings to the SoTL movement uniquely qualifies them to expand the conversation to libraries across the higher education landscape, and their demonstrated knowledge and experience in this area complement each other as a team.”

Hays, Huisman, and Mallon will plan, develop, and deliver face-to-face learning experiences that help attendees explore how SoTL can fit in their institutional context, examine local teaching practices, and create a strategy for implementing a SoTL culture to foster professional growth. Following the development of the curriculum, SLILC will issue an open call for additional presenters to join the workshop team. The in-person workshops will be offered upon request on a licensed basis, as with existing RoadShows, and may also be offered at ALA and/or ACRL Conferences. Additional online offerings on SoTL would be part of ACRL’s regular e-Learning program and could include a multi-week asynchronous course and one or more topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom.

Scheduling for 2020 workshops will begin in the summer. Visit the ACRL website for more information about the RoadShow program and all of our workshop offerings that can be brought on demand to your campus, chapter, or consortium worldwide.