Issue 1 / Sept. 2014
Interconnections is a monthly newsletter focused on informing the faculty and staff of St. Joseph’s College on upcoming events, new developments, and important information regarding teaching, learning, and technology. Representing a collaboration between the Faculty Center for Instructional Design and Educational Technology (CIDET), the Wellehan Library Learning Commons, and Information Technology, Interconnections newsletter is our way of connecting to YOU!
An Overview of the
Faculty Center for Instructional Design and Educational Technology (CIDET)
For anyone who missed Faculty Day or the Faculty Conference, the Department of Course Design and Delivery has been restructured into the new Faculty Center for Instructional Design and Educational Technology (CIDET). Here is what you can expect from us:
1. Expand services to include campus faculty
Support migration to D2L Brightspace
• Faculty training & support
• Moving content from ANGEL to Brightspace
• Student training and support (in collaboration with the Wellehan Library)
Instructional design consulting
• Learning outcomes, assessment strategies, rubrics, etc.
• Classroom technologies
• 3rd party technologies to integrate w/Brightspace
2. Training & Support
• Educational technology workshops and documentation for faculty, staff, and students
• Faculty Technical Support for D2L Brightspace
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Faculty & Librarians: Working Together to Enhance Information Literacy
Information literacy is a set of competencies which includes
- finding information
- evaluating information critically
- creating information
- using information ethically
Information literacy skills are important for our students´ academic, professional and personal lives. As students are more likely to develop these transferable competencies in the context of an academic course when they have an information problem to solve, best practices recommend integrating the teaching of information literacy into the curriculum.
How can librarians support faculty in the teaching of information literacy?
We seek opportunities to collaborate with faculty to develop assignment-based, tailored, information literacy instruction to help students achieve desired learning outcomes. These collaborations might include any combination of the following:
- instruction sessions (in-class or via webinar) on such topics as
– locating background information to assist in the refinement of a research question/thesis statement
– searching library resources effectively to locate high-quality, scholarly information
– citing sources properly
– creating information using a specific technology program/application
- developing comprehensive research guides
- designing self-paced, online tutorials
- embedding a librarian in an online course
Please contact Lynn Bivens (893-7724), Head of Reference and Information Literacy Instruction, at the Wellehan Library to start the conversation.
Director of the Faculty Center for Instructional Design
and Educational Technology (CIDET)
During my more than 15 years with Saint Joseph’s College, my primary focus has been to support the instructional design, faculty training, and helpdesk support operations for the College’s online programs. I have also worked in various other capacities for the College, including as project manager for the implementation of a Sloan Foundation grant , working directly with students as an academic advisor, and teaching online courses in writing and business communications. I have also been actively involved in the University Continuing and Professional Education Association (UPCEA), one of the leading professional organizations supporting online and continuing education units, and just finished a term serving on UPCEA’s Board of Directors.
Director of Library Services of the Wellehan Library
I am in my seventh year serving as Director of Library Services of the Wellehan Library. I have a background in education and technology (B.S., University of Maine at Farmington) and a Master of Library and Information Studies degree (University of Rhode Island). I have made academic librarianship my career not because I love books (which I do) but because I have a passion for connecting people with information in the context of teaching and learning. On the personal side, my husband and I share our home with an orange Maine coon cat named Rudy; I greatly enjoy spending time with my three nephews; and I consider myself a four-season, outdoorsy person (hiking, biking, kayaking, cross-country skiing, ice skating) as well as a pretty good cook.