Teaching with Technology
My teaching philosophy is most strongly shaped by my role as a librarian in higher education. As a librarian my mission is not only to teach students how to use the library, but how to find and evaluate information wherever they find it. This type of information literacy is vital in this age of networked information and carries lifelong benefits for students. With my background in science and engineering I customize these skills for a multitude of majors across the campus with a particular focus on mathematics, statistics, and patent information. In the classroom I usually see students for only one class period per semester, so my approach must be high impact and demonstrate value immediately. I am constantly experimenting with teaching techniques and technology in order to best balance classroom time with supporting course materials. See my additional reflection on teaching with technology.
Teaching with Technology
As a librarian I do not teach credit instruction, but I have taught one or more class sessions of dozens of courses over the past 5 years.
CHEM 400 Chemical Literature - is taught by another librarian and focuses on information sources in chemistry. For this course I taught two class sessions on patent information for chemists per semester. I give students a CHEM 400 Assignment.pdf between class sessions on patent searching. Course related resources are available on a blog. Presentation Slides
ENGL 202C Effective Writing: Technical Writing - This required English course focuses on science majors and effective technical writing. I occasionally teach information literacy for this class though responsibility is shared among many librarians. In the past a blog was used as a course guide, but now a collaborative library course guide is available. Reflection on Teaching and a Poll Everywhere Assessment
EDSGN 100 Introduction to Engineering Design - This introduction to engineering is offered both in the Fall and Spring semesters and also during the summer LEAP program. I teach three LEAP sections in the summer and share responsibility for the regular courses with another librarian.
ENGR 97S First Year Seminar in Engineering - This course is required of engineering freshmen, though I focus on the "Humanitarian Engineering" sections. I teach one class session on the Libraries' and basic information literacy as well as encouraging participation in the Libraries' Open House. Course resources are available on a blog.
ENGR 411 Entrepreneurship Business Basics - This course is required for the Entrepreneurship minor in the College of Engineering. I teach one class session on intellectual property information with a focus on patent research. I also give students an assignment which I have sometimes delivered on ANGEL. Presentation Slides
MATH 311 Concepts of Discrete Mathematics - this course is the Writing Across the Curriculum course in math. I have developed handouts, taught class sessions on research in mathematics, and even conducted an information literacy lab session. Course resources began on a blog and are now available as a course guide on the website.
MGMT 426 Invention Commercialization - This course is cross-listed in engineering and covers many business and intellectual property topics. Fr this class I review broad intellectual property topics and focus on patent information sources during one class session per semester. Presentation Slides
PSU 016 Penn State First Year Seminar - for students in the Mathematics and Statistics departments I provide online learning objects in ANGEL, organized participation in the Libraries' Open House, informational materials, and class sessions on information literacy. My ANGEL assignment (pdf) supported by a video tutorial on Lionsearch and a video tutorial on MathSciNet.