Description

Over the past two years the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the University of Minnesota began a holistic review of computer labs on campus in order to plan for changes that respond to the emerging technological environment, the changing practices on campus related to teaching and learning, and the strategic directions of the University. One of the goals of this process was to create collaborative environments that support cross-unit services and innovative programs. Key partners from across the University were consulted, including the University Libraries. As plans for the first new space began to solidify, the University Libraries and OIT staff took this opportunity to explore how we might provide complementary student support via Learning Bytes, brief, student-driven training sessions focused on technology and/or research. We worked together to develop a survey of students to better inform the topics and research areas taught via the Learning Byte sessions; based on this data, we created a preliminary suite of Learning Byte sessions and proposed different scheduling models to determine what will best meet user needs (e.g., consecutive sessions of interest on similar topics). Learn more about this collaborative process, the results of the student survey, and what we have learned to date.

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Start Date

14-3-2012 10:30 AM

End Date

14-3-2012 11:30 AM

Target Audience

Academic Libraries, Public Services

Technical Expertise

basic

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Mar 14th, 10:30 AM Mar 14th, 11:30 AM

Collaborating in New Learning Spaces to Support Students' Research and Technology Training Needs

Over the past two years the Office of Information Technology (OIT) at the University of Minnesota began a holistic review of computer labs on campus in order to plan for changes that respond to the emerging technological environment, the changing practices on campus related to teaching and learning, and the strategic directions of the University. One of the goals of this process was to create collaborative environments that support cross-unit services and innovative programs. Key partners from across the University were consulted, including the University Libraries. As plans for the first new space began to solidify, the University Libraries and OIT staff took this opportunity to explore how we might provide complementary student support via Learning Bytes, brief, student-driven training sessions focused on technology and/or research. We worked together to develop a survey of students to better inform the topics and research areas taught via the Learning Byte sessions; based on this data, we created a preliminary suite of Learning Byte sessions and proposed different scheduling models to determine what will best meet user needs (e.g., consecutive sessions of interest on similar topics). Learn more about this collaborative process, the results of the student survey, and what we have learned to date.

To access the full presentation for this session, click on the "Download" button located to the right.