Craig Gibson is professor and Professional Development Coordinator at The Ohio State University Libraries. He has also been Associate Director for Research and Education at Ohio State, with responsibilities for reference and research services, assessment, outreach and engagement, the libraries’ instruction program, and departmental libraries. He has served as a student mentor in Ohio State’s nationally recognized Second-Year Transformational Experience Program and as a faculty mentor in OSU’s University Institute for Teaching and Learning. Previously, he was Associate University Librarian for Research, Instruction, and Outreach at George Mason University Libraries; Head of Library User Education at Washington State University; and Reference/Instruction Librarian at Lewis-Clark State College. His current research interests focus on open educational practices, threshold concepts for information literacy, and models for collaboration between academic libraries and teaching and learning centers. Since 2000, he has taught in the ACRL Immersion Program, the signature professional development program for instruction librarians in the United States, and has consulted widely on the changing role of the subject librarian in academic libraries. He was editor of the ACRL Publications in Librarianship series from 2008 to 2013 and was cochair of the ACRL Information Literacy Standards Revision Task Force, a group that developed the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education in 2013–2015. He received the Miriam Dudley Instruction Librarian Award in 2008 and the ACRL President’s Special Recognition Award for Immersion Faculty in 2009.
Building Teaching and Learning Communities: Creating Shared Meaning and Purpose
- Table of Contents
- About the Authors
“The book is effervescent with potential to transform our work in everything from our relations with students to our role in developing teaching cultures on campus.”
—from the Foreword by Margy MacMillan
Teaching and learning communities are communities of practice in which a group of faculty and staff from across disciplines regularly meet to discuss topics of common interest and to learn together how to enhance teaching and learning. Since these teaching and learning communities can bring together members who might not have otherwise interacted, new ideas, practices, and synergies can arise.
The role of librarians in teaching and learning has been reexamined and reinvigorated by the introduction of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which offers a conceptual approach and theoretical foundations that are new and challenging. Building Teaching and Learning Communities: Creating Shared Meaning and Purpose goes beyond the library profession for inspiration and insights from leading experts in higher education pedagogy and educational development across North America to open a window on the wider world of teaching and learning, and includes discussion of pedagogical theories and practices including threshold concepts and stuck places; the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL); disciplinary approaches to pedagogy; the role of signature pedagogies; inclusion of student voices; metaliteracy; reflective practice; affective, behavioral, and cognitive aspects of learning; liminal spaces; and faculty as learners. This unique collection asks each of the authors to address this question: What do we as educators need to learn (or unlearn) and experience so we can create teaching and learning communities across disciplines and learning levels based on shared meaning and purpose? Six fascinating chapters explore this question in different ways:
- Building a Culture of Teaching and Learning, Pat Hutchings and Mary Deane Sorcinelli
- Sit a Spell: Embracing the Liminality of Pedagogical Change through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Linda Hodges
- The Crossroads of SoTL and Signature Pedagogies, Nancy L. Chick
- Bottlenecks of Information Literacy, Joan Middendorf and Andrea Baer
- Developing Learning Partnerships: Navigating Troublesome and Transformational Relationships, Peter Felten, Kristina Meinking, Shannon Tennant, and Katherine Westover
- When Teachers Talk to Teachers: Shared Traits between Writing Across the Curriculum and Faculty Learning Communities, Kateryna A. R. Schray
Building Teaching and Learning Communities is an entry into some of the most interesting conversations in higher education and offers ways for librarians to socialize in learning theory and begin “thinking together” with faculty. It proposes questions, challenges assumptions, provides examples to be used and adapted, and can help you better prepare as teachers and pursue the essential role of conversation and collaboration with faculty and students.
Lessons from the Chapters
Themes across the Chapters
Partnerships, Professional Development, and Community Building
Adopting New Pedagogical Practices in a Community Context
Multidisciplinarity and Community
Librarians in Teaching and Learning Communities
Becoming Part of the Whole
Chapter 1. Building a Culture of Teaching and Learning
Pat Hutchings and Mary Deane Sorcinelli
A Framework for Culture Change
1. Professional Development
3. Incentives and Rewards
The Role of Library Faculty in Fostering a Culture of Teaching and Learning
Chapter 2. Sit a Spell: Embracing the Liminality of Pedagogical Change through the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
Pedagogy as a Field of Learning
Faculty Belief Systems around Teaching
Threshold Concepts in Pedagogy
Threshold Concepts and SoTL
Reflecting on the Role of Teacher—Content Provider versus Learning Facilitator
Reflecting on the Role of Students in Learning and Teaching
Reflecting on Teaching in a Community of Practice
Chapter 3. The Crossroads of SoTL and Signature Pedagogies
Nancy L. Chick
Information Literacy and Signature Pedagogies
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning
SoTL and Signature Pedagogies
Chapter 4. Bottlenecks of Information Literacy
Joan Middendorf and Andrea Baer
What Is Decoding the Disciplines?
Key Survey Findings
Applying Decoding to a Conceptual “Bottleneck”
Strategies for Addressing Bottlenecks and Sub-bottlenecks
A Sub-bottleneck Strategy (Example): Developing Search Terms
1. The Bottleneck? What Are Students Unable to Do?
2. Mental Action: What Mental Actions Does the Expert Perform in Order to Get Past the Bottleneck?
3. Modeling the Thinking: What Doe Experts Do to Get Through the Bottleneck? What Mental Action Do They Use?
4. Practice and Feedback: How Will Students Practice These Mental Actions? How Will They Receive Feedback to Make Improvements?
5. Motivation: How Can Students Be Motivated to Persist in Using This New Mental Action?
6. Assessment: How Will I Assess Student Mastery of the Mental Action?
7. Sharing the Results: How Will I Share What I Have Learned?
Connecting Sub-bottlenecks with Larger Conceptual Bottlenecks
Decoding and Librarian-Faculty Partnership
Decoding and the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy
Chapter 5. Developing Learning Partnerships: Navigating Troublesome and Transformational Relationships
Peter Felten, Kristina Meinking, Shannon Tennant, and Katherine Westover
Visions of the Possible
The Case of an Evolving Library Partnership
The First Steps toward Partnership
The New Step: Cocreating a Course
Lessons Learned and Troubles Ahead
Advice for Building Partnerships
Chapter 6. When Teachers Talk to Teachers: Shared Traits between Writing Across the Curriculum and Faculty Learning Communities
Kateryna A. R. Schray
WAC as a Proto-FLC
Faculty Learning Communities at Marshall University
Librarians in FLCs
Appendix: FLCs at Marshall University by Facilitator and Topic
Teacher Identity within Communities
Understanding Campus Networks
Productive Engagement in Group Liminality
The Framework as Community-Building Catalyst
A Call to Action
About the Contributors