Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning

Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians and Educators by Barbara Allan. Facet Publishing, 2016. 978-1-78330-070-9.

Publisher's Description
The higher education landscape is rapidly evolving due to changes in the student population (millenials, increasing diversity, changing work habits), technology (the rise in the use of social media) and learning spaces (the increase in physical and virtual social learning spaces).  Allan presents the first book to bring together recent developments in both theory and practice, covering a wide range of tools and techniques which will suit students in different contexts, from large groups of 500+ to very small classes of research students. Making extensive use of case studies, examples, checklists, and tables, this practical book contains:
  • an analysis of the current higher education landscape, the changes that are occurring and the diverse nature of student populations;
  • an exploration of new theories of digital literacy including case studies demonstrating how library and information workers have applied these models in practice;
  • a demonstration of the many different ways in which academic library and information services are working in support of student employability;
  • a theoretical overview of different approaches to teaching and learning including Kolb's learning cycle, Laurillard's conversational framework for university teaching, Entwistle's teaching for understanding at university, Land and Meyer's threshold concepts and the Higher Education Academy's work on flexible pedagogies;
  • practical guidance on designing, developing and evaluating courses and other learning and teaching events in different situations including face-to-face, flipped classroom, blended learning, and online learning; and
  • an exploration of approaches to personal and professional development including 90+ approaches to workplace learning; accredited courses; short courses, conferences and workshops; networking through professional organizations; and developing online networks.
This book will be essential reading for different groups working in colleges and universities including library and information workers, staff developers, educational technologists, educational development project workers, educational change agents and students of library and information science who are planning their careers in higher education institutions.

More Information
See the publisher's website for Table of Contents, information about the author, and to read a sample of the book.