Monday, 13 April 2015

7 Classrooms: library as pedagogical incubator - The Ubiquitous Librarian - The Chronicle of Higher Education

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Not only do we use these rooms to expand our teaching capacity, but they also enable us to observe and learn from others. Watching Jill Sible operate in SCALE-UP is inspiring. They help us become better teachers. Hosting courses and related activities invites spontaneous encounters and conversations that wouldn’t have happened otherwise. The added value is using these spaces for other purposes: workshops, seminars, symposiums, exhibits, showcases, media labs, meeting rooms, study rooms, group work rooms, tutoring rooms, and other activities. So there is a functional layer. We can teach more. We can teach differently. Other people can also teach more and differently as well. We can partner more with them on instruction and other projects. When the rooms are not “classrooms” they can serve a multitude of other needs. There is also a symbolic layer. The Library is committed to the teaching mission of the university. These seven spaces are not just more classrooms— each one is different. They encourage experimentation and new types of assignments and class interactions. Students and instructors feel differently when they meet here compared to most other rooms on campus. These classrooms are helping us become a pedagogical incubator.

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