Synopses & Reviews
Aimed at librarians who teach as part of their role, Active Learning Techniques is a practical work outlining the theory and practice of using active learning in a variety of library settings. Andrew Walsh and Padma Inala explain what active learning is and argue for its importance in teaching. They also include more than 50 examples of techniques that can be easily transferred and used in teaching library and information skills to a range of learners within all library sectors. Since the “one-time” session is often the norm, the techniques featured here are designed to quickly grab and hold the attention of all types of learners. The authors make use of new and common technologies, like “mobile phone quizzes” and “twittering away" and include sample lesson plans for a range of subjects and settings.
A practical work outlining the theory and practice of using active learning techniques in library settings. It explains the theory of active learning and argues for its importance in our teaching and is illustrated using a large number of examples of techniques that can be easily transferred and used in teaching library and information skills to a range of learners within all library sectors. These practical examples recognise that for most of us involved in teaching library and information skills the one off session is the norm, so we need techniques that allow us to quickly grab and hold our learners' attention. The examples are equally useful to those new to teaching, who wish to bring active learning into their sessions for the first time, as to those more experienced who want to refresh their teaching with some new ideas and to carry on their development as librarian teachers.
- Outlines the argument for more active learning techniques in our sessions
- Explains the theory of active learning
- Includes examples that can be used in teaching
About the Author
Andrew Walsh is a Chartered Librarian at the University of Huddersfield, UK. Padma Inala is a Chartered Librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University, UK, supporting the field of education.
Table of Contents
What is active learning? Active learning tips Lesson plans