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Wednesday, June 22 • 16:45 - 18:00
POSTER.63 - Using a Blended Learning Approach to Build Capacity for Graduate Student Academic Literacies and Research Skills

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With the steady increase in graduate student enrollments, there is a greater need to develop the research skills demanded in today’s academic and professional workplaces (Head et al., 2013). New graduate students often struggle with research study design, development of research questions, and the literature review (Hsiao & Yu, 2012). This poster describes how a collaborative group across three universities created a learning tool that blends independent online learning and integrated classroom activities to support student academic literacies (e.g. scholarly communication; online persona; academic integrity) and research skills (e.g. building research plans; evaluating information; citation and data management).

Student2Scholar, a set of ten interrelated learning objects, was initially created as a self-directed learning option accessed via the Ontario Online portal. During the project design phase, however, module developers shifted focus to address how content could be integrated within blended learning scenarios. Blended learning, commonly interpreted as a combination of face-to-face learning with online approaches, offers increased access to and flexibility of learning materials, and also provides opportunities for student learning to be independent, personalized, and sustainable (Graham, 2006).The idea of blending can also describe a way “to combine various pedagogical approaches (e.g., constructivism, behaviorism, cognitivism) to produce an optimal learning outcome with or without instructional technology” or to target skill-driven, attitude-driven, and competency-driven learning (Driscoll, 2002).

This poster will share blended learning approaches for supporting graduate student research capabilities using Student2Scholar. We invite your participation in two ways: 1) by using Dotmocracy to rank the academic literacies and research skills where you feel graduates need the most support and 2) by recording post-its of your ideas for face-to-face activities that will blend the online modules into existing structures/courses to support student learning.

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Colleen Burgess

Research & Instructional Services Librarian, Western University
Colleen Burgess is a Research and Instructional Services Librarian at The D.B Weldon Library at the University of Western Ontario. Colleen serves as a board member for the Canadian Association of Professional Academic Librarians (CAPAL) and as a former English Department Head at an... Read More →

Cory Laverty

Queen's University
Dr. Cory Laverty is Teaching and Learning Specialist and Librarian at Queen’s University’s Centre for Teaching and Learning. Her research interests are in the development and assessment of information literacy curricula, learning support for faculty and librarians, and undergraduate... Read More →
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Christena McKillop

Director, Education Library, Western University
Christena McKillop is the Director of the Education Library at Western University. Christena is an academic librarian who actively supports graduate students at the Faculty of Education to learn how to effectively access research and academic resources for success in their programs... Read More →
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Melanie Mills

Director, Library & Learning Services, Huron University College
Melanie Mills is the Director of Library & Learning Services at Huron University College, an Affiliate of Western University, where she has worked in various roles and libraries over her twenty-year career. Melanie currently serves as VP and President-Elect of the Ontario Library... Read More →

Elan Paulson

Elan Paulson (PhD, Western) is Director of the Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in the Faculty of Education at Western University.

Caroline Whippey

Director of Library Services, Brescia University College

Wednesday June 22, 2016 16:45 - 18:00 EDT
Atrium, Physics & Astronomy Building Western University