Instruction Updates

December 2, 2015

Serving Up Great Instruction

I attended FLA's webinar, Making the Most of Threshold Concept Lesson Plans. The webinar introduced ACRL's book, Teaching Information Literacy Threshold Concepts: Lesson plans for librarians.


You can't teach threshold concepts; they are messy. Instead, use threshold concepts to introduce those research strategies in which students stumble. Tweak the lesson plans to fit the needs of the students with whom you are working.

Watch the Recording

The one hour recording is presented by the FLA Academic Instruction and Information Literacy Committee.

You've assessed.......

Now what?

Student learning is just ONE component of teaching. Peer observation and self evaluation are important. Use your assessment results to improve your teaching. Ask yourself
  • How successful was I at helping my students achieve the outcomes?
  • What went right?
  • What went wrong?
  • Did I use appropriate assessments for the learning outcomes?
  • Was I friendly and accessible?
  • Did I incorporate authentic hands-on learning activities?
  • How did I use the results?
  • Did I collaborate with the professor before the lesson?
  • Did I share results with the professor after the lesson?

Tucker, P. D., & Stronge, J. H. (2005). Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning. Alexandria, VA: Assoc. for Supervision and Curriculum Development.

Available as eBook Linking Teacher Evaluation and Student Learning