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Distributed Learning

By: , Posted on: April 25, 2017

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Some still refer to it as distance learning while others have evolved into calling it distributed learning. Whatever the name, there are students and faculty who need access to library services and supports. The book Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy Instruction edited by myself and Maha Kumaran is a testament to what librarians continue to provide for their users despite challenges or barriers. These challenges may be due to the nature of the online environment, availability of technology, budget cuts, lack of personnel, adequate buy-in from library or institutional leadership, or any combination of the ones listed. Librarians and library administrators continued to find solutions and offer much needed instruction to improve information literacy (IL) competencies of their distance or distributed users. This book demonstrates how self-motivated librarians found the resources and connections to offer or facilitate information literacy to their users.

Forty-four authors, in twenty-one chapters, have shared their experiences with technology and pedagogy when providing information literacy instruction to these users. Authors in these chapters have initiated collaborations with the faculty and staff on their campuses; undergone plenty of self-learning on both pedagogy and technology; and have emerged leaders in offering outstanding equitable IL instruction to their distributed users. As Bill Badke states in the Foreword, this book is not just a manual of technological tools but one that captures “a multitude of technological solutions through the lens of sound pedagogy while maintaining the human touch” (xxxvi).

We are pleased to offer a look Chapter Three, Using Theory and Practice to Build an Instructional Technology Tool Kit, which is essentially a literature review of online learning in academic libraries. We urge readers to consider this chapter as a review article that sets up the context for the entire work.  We would also encourage readers to create a citation tracking system for further discovery of articles found in this chapter.

Chapter Download: Using Theory and Practice to Build an Instructional Technology Tool Kit 

About the Editors:

Tasha Maddison is a librarian at Saskatchewan Polytechnic in Saskatoon.  Her research interests include: resource discovery, online and distributed learning, information literacy instruction, integration of technology into the classroom and how the use of flipped classrooms helps to facilitate learning. @tmmaddison

Maha Kumaran is the liaison librarian at the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests are in the area of multiculturalism, particularly visible minorities and librarianship. She is the initiator and one of the co-founders of Visible Minority Librarians of Canada (ViMLoC) Network. She is also interested in distributed learning, technology in teaching, and information literacy.  @librarianca

About the Book:

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Distributed Learning: Pedagogy and Technology in Online Information Literacy Instruction provides evidence based information on a variety of issues, surrounding online teaching and learning from the perspective of librarians. The book is available online via ScienceDirect and is available in print and eBook via the Elsevier Store.

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