e-Learning Strategies in F2F Classrooms

Jill Hallam-Miller

ED TECH 513: Multimedia

April 25, 2017

e-Learning Strategies in F2F Classrooms

        As an academic librarian, an e-learning strategy that I would like to implement in the classroom would be to have students work collaboratively in small groups to create Google Docs or Slides that address discussion topics from class. For example, if a class discussion revolves around the topic of visual literacy, each group of students might create a Google Slides presentation that demonstrates best practices, along with examples of effective and ineffective use of those practices, for a specific aspect of visual literacy. This kind of assignment could be molded to incorporate multimedia principles, such as the coherence principle. Students have very limited time with librarians in the classroom--their presentations would need to be created quickly and efficiently, and should only include imagery and information that is relevant to conveying their message. Likewise, because they would be presenting their slides to their classmates, they would need to avoid redundancy by creating slides that supplement or reinforce their verbal narrative rather than repeating it.

        One challenge for implementing this type of assignment would be that librarians do have such limited time in the classroom. We are often lucky to have a full 50 minutes with students. This would not give us sufficient time to engage in class discussion and have students create and present their slides. Convincing faculty of the value of carrying the assignment over into a second session might be challenging. We would also have to make sure students brought their laptops to class with them, since our library classroom is not a computer lab. We have an advantage in that we are a Google school, so every student has a Google account, and little setup time would be required. Furthermore, most students have laptops. Those who do not can check one out at the library circulation desk, or borrow a Chromebook in the library classroom.