Teaching teachers – professional Learning engagement
From 2014 the majority of my teaching involves the provision of professional learning for school teachers and teacher librarians. In my capacity as Head of Professional Learning for the Syba Academy, I teach a number of online courses and conduct a range of seminars and workshops with Syba Academy.
My interest in the design of adult learning experiences led to my writing an evidence-based blueprint, including a set of professional learning principles to inform the design of Syba Academy’s courses.
For a full copy of the blueprint see Providing effective professional learning for schools.
Teaching in Higher Education
After retiring as a full-time academic at the end of 2013, I continue to work as an Adjunct Lecturer for the Faculty of Education at Charles Sturt University as a research higher degrees supervisor.
From 1994-2013 I taught at Charles Sturt University in the School of Information Studies, Faculty of Education, focusing on subjects across the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) and Graduate Certificate (Teacher Librarianship) courses, and also teach the social networking subjects for the Bachelor of Information Studies and Master of Information Studies courses. In 2010 I also team taught the subject EEC403 Designing Learning Environments in University Learning and Teaching, a core subject in CSU’s Graduate Certificate in University Learning and Teaching.
Subjects recently taught include:
- ETL401 Teacher Librarianship
- ETL523 Information Policy Issues
- ETL411/511 ICT Experience
- INF206/506 Social Networking for Information Professionals
- ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio
- INF336/441 Principles of Knowledge Management
If you want to know what motivates and informs my teaching practice, take a look at My Teaching Philosophy statement and my advice on how one’s teaching philosophy can inform the learning design of a subject, and read/listen to my 2009 thoughtpiece Recasting blended learning in a Web 2.0 world as part of CSU’s Flexible Learning Institute’s (FLI) Dialogue about blended learning project.
The following video clip is a snapshot of a joint presentation I made as part of a the FLI Fellowship team with Director, Mike Keppell at the inaugural Distance Education summit in February 2011.
A complete copy of my FLI Fellowship report is available here.
Findings of my FLI Fellowship project are also featured on the FLI Blended and Flexible Learning DVD, with snippets from this featured on the FLI YouTube Channel. This clip featured the opportunities teaching fellows have explored in terms of flexible and blended learning at CSU:
Featured in the ALTC LIS Education 2.0 project
My work as a lecturer in teacher librarianship was also featured in Helen Partridge’s Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowship project where she explored the changing nature of LIS education in Australian universities.
The project identified the key skills, knowledge, and attributes required by a “librarian 2.0.” Eighty-one members of the Australian LIS profession participated in a series of focus groups. Eight themes emerged as being critical to “librarian 2.0”: technology, communication, teamwork, user focus, business savvy, evidence based practice, learning and education, and personal traits.
Guided by these findings interviews with 36 LIS educators explored the current approaches used within contemporary LIS education to prepare graduates to become “librarian 2.0”.
A core part of the Fellowship project was the identification of best practice examples on how LIS educators were developing Librarian 2.0. Ten best practice examples were identified, and each educator was recorded discussing his or her approach to teaching and learning as part of the ‘Library and information science education 2.0 : guiding principles and models of best practice’ series.
Go to Interview with Lyn Hay to view my discussion of the Master of Education (Teacher Librarianship) course design at CSU, with particular emphasis on the foundation subject ETL401 Teacher Librarianship, the elective subject INF506 Social Networking for Information Professionals, and our capstone subject, ETL507 Professional Experience/Professional Portfolio where I discuss the learning design of subjects where students are required to create and maintain an online learning journal (using a blog or wiki or other Web 2.0 space) to support their MEdTL coursework.
A full copy of the Library and information science education 2.0: guiding principles and models of best practice report is available here as a pdf.