Coordinator for Learning & Instruction Support at University of Manitoba Libraries
University of Manitoba Libraries
All Staff Meeting - September 16, 2020
Learning & Instruction Support Team
& Remote Learning Resources
- How remote learning affects student engagement
- How the Libraries are addressing student & faculty resource needs this semester
- Open discussion
What we will talk about today...
Learning as a social experience.
- Students construct knowledge and understanding from their social, cultural, historical context.
- Experiences with environment and relationships are critical factors for learning & development. (Vygotsky)
Remote learning may alter or limit the relational and environmental experiences of students.
Self-Efficacy and Learning
Contributions to self-efficacy:
- Prior success undertaking tasks in specific environments or contexts.
- Observing behaviour/modelling from peers and instructors
- Positive emotional states (i.e. low stress)
- Verbal encouragement from trusted relations
(Bandura - Social Cognitive Theory)
Self-efficacy for constructing new knowledge or successfully completing new tasks is more likely in an environment that provides effective modelling and emotional support from trusted peers, instructors, etc.
The learner believes they have the ability to successfully accomplish a task or goal.
Learning & Engagement
- Degree of choice / autonomy, participatory learning
- Trust relationships with peers, instructors, staff
- Supportive networks, communication, sense of belonging / community
- Appropriate level of academic challenge (Bryson, 2014.)
Potential barriers to engagement...
- Over emphasis on academic performance and employability as personal value,
- Use of disciplinary power
(i.e. assessment practices that punish, focus on student failures).
- Estrangement from the learning environment. (in Bryson, 2014.)
Learning & Engagement
Barriers potentially exaggerated as a result of remote learning...
- Unequal access, distribution and familiarity with communication technology
- Technology failures disrupting learning & affecting student confidence
- Differences in prior learning experiences
- Home learning environment not conducive to learning
- Limited access to supportive community, peers, instructors, student supports
- Lack of familiarity with post-secondary education environment & expectations
- Instructor pedagogy (i.e. degree of participatory learning possible)
- Additional stresses related to pandemic
How Can the Libraries Support Learning & Engagement?
How do we become part of a student's supportive network?
- Facilitate clear communication and trust relationships with students
- Provide opportunities for participatory learning whenever possible.
- Create learning environments & resources that students can easily navigate and develop a sense a familiarity with.
- Physical spaces
- Online spaces - Ask Us, Primo, Subject Guides, Learn at the Libraries, etc.
- Reduce policies and practices that students perceive to be unnecessarily punitive.
UM Student Resources
Fall 2020 Orientation
- UM Commons
- UM Essentials
- Prep Week
Subject Librarian Support for University 1
- Connected to ARTS 1110
- Multiple sections; held each term
- ~ 400 students (Fall)
Key Support Includes:
- U1 Subject Guide
- Direct contact for questions (email)
Academic Integrity Support
Cite Right Program
- Librarian/student consult via Ask Us
- Assignment specific (due date)
- Topics typically involve searching/citing
- Program led by Academic Learning Centre (writing tutors)
Post-Discipline Support Program
- More formal process
- Booked in advance (direct AI referral)
- Report required from librarian
- Topics/appointment time can vary greatly from one student to the next
Academic Integrity Coordinator
- All Fall/Winter sessions will take place in GoToWebinar
- Higher level audience (grad students, instructors, researchers)
- Two series:
- Researcher Workshops
- Various topics/themes (library overview, searching, citing, publishing, working with data, etc...)
- Registration required for all sessions
- UML homepage > "Researcher..."
Learning & Instruction Support Librarian
Coordinator, Learning & Instruction Support
Do you feel students' questions have changed compared to previous years? If so, how?
Are there any creative responses to the challenges of online learning you have tried or heard about from students, faculty or colleagues?
Do you have any questions for us?
- Alt, D. (2015). Assessing the contribution of a constructivist learning environment to academic self-efficacy in higher education. Learning Environments Research, 18(1), 47–67. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10984-015-9174-5
Au, W. (2018). A Marxist education: Learning to change the world. Haymarket Books.
- Bandura, A. (1977). Self-efficacy: Toward a unifying theory of behavioral change. Psychological Review, 84(2), 191–215.
- Bryson, C. (2014). Understanding and developing student engagement. Routledge.
Harry. Daniels. (2001). Vygotsky and pedagogy. Routledge/Falmer.
- Schunk, D. H. (1984). Self-Efficacy and Classroom Learning. http://eric.ed.gov/?id=ED247254
Engagement & Remote Learning
By Kyle Feenstra