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Minutes of October 12, 2003 Meeting

Present:
Jeanne Boyle, Jeris Cassel, Rebecca Gardner, Theo Haynes, Triveni Kuchi, Leslie Murtha (recorder), Eileen Stec, Roberta Tipton (Chair).

The minutes of the June meeting were approved as submitted.

Report of the Frameworks Committee

The committee reviewed the work and report of the committee on Learning Frameworks. The committee was appointed by Jeanne Boyle to review research on learning frameworks, position the findings in the context of the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and make recommendations for the development of a framework to support the information literacy programs of the Rutgers University Libraries, with particular attention to the use of online instructional materials and the potential utility of TILT as a basis for developing online tutorials. Roberta Tipton, Triveni Kuchi, and Rebecca Gardner served on the task force.

The committee focused on two learning frameworks:

How People Learn focuses on learning from the perspective of cognitive psychology. A Framework for E-Learning focuses on learning in the online environment, and considers institutional as well as pedagogical issues.

The report of the committee was circulated to members of ISC prior to the meeting. Key issues that emerged from the investigation were:

After excellent presentations by the task force, and animated discussion, the committee made the recommendation that an executive summary be added to the report, incorporating the charge of the committee, and summarizing the research and recommendations, with particular emphasis on such key points as the long-term nature of the recommendations, and the importance of the development of a hybrid learning environment.

Shared Teaching Materials Archive

Jeris reported on the development of the online archive of materials for library instructors. The archive is currently limited to material from the New Brunswick Libraries, but the intention is that it will eventually incorporate materials from all three campuses. The first priority is to provide access to materials in support of the English Writing Program courses.

The archive contains handouts, exercises, and presentation material. It is organized by department and/or course, and the materials are categorized as basic/conceptual resources, course-specific resources, and exercises. The resources in the archive can be used as the basis for preparing to teach an unfamiliar subject, or to serve as models, examples, frameworks, or inspirations for new material. To enter the archive, go to:

www.scc.rutgers.edu/instruction
username: datacenter
password: leave blank
domain: scc

Access to the archive is limited to RUL faculty and staff. The project team is also working on developing a process to facilitate the addition of material to the archive.

Finding Aids

The joint project of WAC and ISC to update and revise the list of Finding Aids and to create access points on the Instruction pages to Finding Aids that are used for classes is making good progress. It is projected that the revised pages will be ready for the Spring semester.

Web Pages for Faculty

For some time, the Public Services Council has been interested in developing material for the RUL Web site to support faculty in their roles as teachers. ISC has agreed to undertake this project. Some ideas for content were discussed, and an article from the 2002 LOEX conference was distributed:

Nims, J. K., Baier, R., Bullard, R., and Owen, E. (2002). Integrating information literacy into the college experience. Papers presented at the thirteenth national LOEX Library Instruction Conference held in Ypsilanti, MI, May 10-12, 2002. Ann Arbor: Pierian Press.

Ideas for content included information on information literacy standards, and sample lesson plans and faculty library assignments. Further plans will be discussed at the next meeting.

Project S.A.I.L.S.

As the resource person for RUL involvement in Project S.A.I.L.S., Eileen has recommended that we participate in Phase 3, to begin in Fall 2004. The recommendation is to test incoming students in New Brunswick as a first phase. To prepare to participate in the project, we will need to:

If we wish to participate in Phase 3 in Fall 2004, need to make a firm commitment to the Project S.A.I.L.S. team by August, 2004. In order to have all the necessary resources committed, meet University requirements, and have all plans, agreements, and materials in place, and all necessary programming completed, we will need to come to a decision about participation well in advance of the external deadline.

Project S.A.I.L.S. collects and supplies information at the level of the individual student. Participation in the project will give us data for benchmarking against a national sample, contribute to the development of a culture of assessment, and supply information to support grant-writing.

The 50 Minute Instructor

The committee began discussion of the development of the next 50 Minute Instructor workshop, and discussion will continue at the next meeting.

Miscellaneous

The SAL Academic Integrity tutorial by Eileen and the Douglass Library team needs a new direct link on the Instruction pages.

The committee noted that there is a need to be able to get more valid statistics on the use of pages and resources on the Web site.

Meeting adjourned at 12:30 PM.
The next meeting is scheduled for November 7. Eileen Stec is the scheduled recorder.



 
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