Reference/instruction librarians have recently adopted elements of the flipped classroom model to enhance our traditional research instruction sessions. Faced with varying levels of research literacy among students and a growing portfolio of resources to cover in a single session, we now supplement in-class instruction sessions with screencast tutorials that explain core research skills, such as creating a search statement and searching the library catalog. Typically, students are asked to watch the videos prior to the in-class session and to complete brief exercises relevant to their research assignment. We plan to expand this program, and would love your input or comments!
Here’s an example of a tutorial on creating search statements.
(By Kasia Gonnerman, Head of Reference/Instruction)