While you may currently be wrestling with the challenges of wrapping up this semester, we welcome you to browse, bookmark, or use NudgeMail (see sidebar below) as a reminder to consult this quick guide to help you prepare for your fall semester courses---when you are ready to do so! Think of this as your "guide on the side."
First, however, we recommend
1- Breathe. (Do you even remember how to do it slowly and deeply?!)
2- Eat healthy to maintain your strength and stamina. (We've seen you eating lunch-on-the-run, grabbing whatever you can, whenever you can!)
3- Grant yourself little indulgences (caffeine, chocolate, 40 winks) to boost morale and do whatever it takes to get you through until the end of the semester!
You can do all of the aforementioned in the Madigan Library & Bookmarks Cafe!
Then ... please leisurely peruse our guide for helpful hints as you begin planning for fall. We hope you will find this guide useful.
NudgeMail - The easy way to send yourself reminders by the minute, hour, day, month, or year. You can write or forward any e-mail reminding yourself to add to your syllabus, create an assignment, schedule a research session, and much more.
You can send yourself messages or reminders in the form of scheduled return e-mails. Emails are scheduled by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and including when you want the email sent back in the subject line. A useful tool to get and stay organized!
Faculty Library Services Guide - A full menu of library services and resources to assist you with your teaching and information needs
Effective Library Assignments - A guide designed to help faculty create effective library assignments for students
How to use the Library - These modules were created by the librarians in the Madigan Library. If you are an instructor at Penn College and are interested in using any of these modules and the accompanying assessments through P.L.A.T.O., please contact us.
Evaluating Resources - Rubrics for Students - Rubrics to use for evaluating resources, evaluating bibliographies, etc.
Plagiarism - Madigan Library Plagiarism Tutorial
Information Literacy - A reference guide addressing information literacy concepts, college studenrs' learning process, and the research process
Faculty-Librarian Collaboration - Guide to promote and facilitate faculty-librarian collaboration
Madigan Library - Library's main site of services and resources
Subject Librarians - Directory of school subject librarians
Research Help - A suite of available research help services
Loosely defined, return-on-investment (ROI) is getting back what you invest and realizing the benefit of your input. When you analyze and assess your students’ work, and conclude that there could/should be improvement in their research papers and projects, consider the value of library instruction services to your teaching and student learning. Information literacy skills focus on locating and evaluating information sources and using information in a legal and ethical manner. We can work collaboratively to integrate critical thinking skills into the research process to achieve higher-order thinking that results in quality research papers and assignments.
Contact your subject librarian for more information.
Critical thinking skills and information literacy skills are inter-related in that they both demand higher-order thinking skills. When planning assignments, projects, and class discussions, consider these skills and question stems below to encourage deeper, more provocative thought processes and better quality end-products.
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Jumpstart your fall course prep by browsing our Library Confidential Guide for inspiration, as well as useful library services and resources, as you begin planning for fall teaching and learning.
Remembering Our Mission to Teach - Educator's perspective on being mission-oriented and student centered esentially focusing on thinking deeply and building relationships
Eight Lessons about Student Learning and What They Mean for You - Classic principles that guide decision-making in curriculum development. Mindful tenets even for the seasoned professional.
Three Teaching Styles - Consider varying your teaching styles to include the three Ds: Directing, Discussing, Delegating.
Four Characteristics of Successful Teaching - Teaching-award-winning faculty identify the factors that have made them successful.