Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Instructional Iteration to Better Serve International Students

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An exciting program  that the University of Idaho offers is the graduate Global Student Success Program (GSSP). This program offers international graduate students, “an academic and cultural bridge to studying at the University of Idaho.” In spring 2018, Jylisa Doney was asked to teach these students library research skills. Although she had the best of intentions going into these sessions, it was evident that she did not fully understand the needs of these students, and traditional one-shot library sessions were not sufficient. In fall 2018, Jylisa Doney asked Jessica Martinez to join her and they collaboratively reworked the lesson plans. In this revision, they attempted to change tactics and broaden the lessons, but the results were very similar; students still struggled to grasp the key take-aways of the sessions and the presenters felt that they were not truly “meeting these students where they are.” Over the next three semesters, the presenters continued to iterate, assess, and iterate again to create sessions that successfully conveyed the fundamentals of library research to students across disciplines, from a variety of countries, and who speak different languages. In this presentation, we will discuss how instructional iteration allowed us to continually question our goals and outcomes as well as create an environment where uniqueness is valued and students can gain the foundational knowledge they seek and deserve. Participants will leave with new ideas to more effectively work in partnership with international programs and students at their own institutions.

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Jessica Martinez

Science Librarian, University of Idaho Library
Jessica Martinez is the Science Librarian and Reference Coordinator at the University of Idaho.Her interests include making libraries welcoming and inclusive places for both employees and patrons, re-imagining the scholarly publishing landscape through open access, and assisting researchers... Read More →

Jylisa Doney

Reference Librarian, University of Idaho Library

Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
HUB 340 (Seats 25)

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