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- ItemOpen AccessBlended learning, blended instruction: a case study in course re-design(2015-06) Beatty, Susan; Hoffman, Nadine; Lee, Jennifer; Feng, Patrick; McDermott, BrendaUsing a course redesign initiative as an opportunity for research, an instructor, three librarians, and a writing specialist collaborated to investigate students' responses to a partially flipped, blended approach to learning in an interdisciplinary first- year science and technology course. The instructor invited librarians and a writing specialist to collaborate with him to develop course content which focused on improving the students' research and writing skills in an inquiry based, learner centric course. The redesign included partially flipped instruction on research skills, writing and citation in advance of classroom instruction. This was an instructional shift for the teachers and students. Students were asked to take more responsibility for their learning outside of the classroom and in advance of instruction, while we teachers took on the responsibility to create a learning experience whereby students could learn and apply new skills during class. It was a challenge to enter into this contract and to negotiate our way through a course redesign that has more than its fair share of new (to us) elements: online delivery, informative short, instructional videos, pre tests, post-tests, new content, and practical learning activities aligning with the content and the learning outcome timetable. As the course ended, students were surveyed on their understanding of their learning experience. The results tell us there is more work to be done in course development and student engagement with learning. Students did not necessarily understand the purpose and benefit of pre- class assignments, nor did they all participate. This presentation is a summary of the steps taken in course redesign and review the results of the student survey relating to the instructional elements.
- ItemOpen AccessBoom or bust: the ups and downs of library collections in Alberta(Law and Political Science Section, Association of College and Research Libraries, American Library Association, 2009) Hoffman, NadineA newsletter article to describe how cyclical library collection development is due to budget restrictions, the oil and gas industry in Alberta, and the value of the Canadian dollar.
- ItemOpen AccessCollaborating to Incorporate Library and Writing Skills in an Interdisciplinary Course: A Case Study(2015-11-13) Hoffman, Nadine; Lee, Jennifer; Feng, Patrick; Beatty, Susan; McDermott, BrendaLibrarians and writing centre staff were invited by the instructor of a first-year interdisciplinary course to collaborate with him on a course redesign emphasizing skill development in research and writing. Ferer (2012) highlights how library and writing support connections help students cross institutional boundaries. This case study is an example of using these connections to benefit students in a course. The team re-designed the library and writing portions of a first-year inquiry based learning course to incorporate many flipped classroom initiatives (Mangan, 2013) including pre-tests, in-class exercises, hands-on research components, writing workshops, and a summative assessment. Hands-on exercises were used to help engage students and promote skill development and critical thinking throughout the research and writing sessions. The instructor showed the importance of research and writing skills by dedicating lectures and assigning 25% of the course grade to pre-tests and a summative assessment. All techniques and assignments focussed on building resources to further the students’ final research project in the course. The instructor embedded the team at every possible step to achieve the course learning goals. Librarians and writing support staff were involved in developing the syllabus and lectures, creating and grading assessment pieces, and assisting student research and writing processes throughout the course. Ethics approval was acquired to conduct a research survey designed to understand student learning experiences. This session will provide an overview of the course with examples of how the instructor embedded librarians and writing centre staff throughout the course through collaboration. We will detail the flipped classroom techniques we incorporated, discuss survey results, and provide personal reflections on the process for student learning objectives as well as our own professional development for incorporating these flipped classroom techniques in future teaching opportunities.
- ItemOpen AccessControlled Vocabulary and Indigenous Terminology in Canadian Arctic Legal Research(2019-12-22) Hoffman, NadineCataloguers apply subject headings at the time they catalogue an item. As such, newer, contemporary terms used now to describe Indigenous Peoples and cultures differ from older, historical terminology of the past. This chapter analyses appropriate contemporary and historical controlled vocabulary including Canadian Subject Headings (CSH) and indexes for case law from 1892, as well as the legal literature indexes used in Canadian legal research. Changes in library subject headings and legal index taxonomy reflect changes in social norms, database practices, legal definitions, and various jurisdictions of Indigenous Peoples, including those located in Arctic Canada. Vernacular changes for subject headings were faster to shift for the collective term describing Indigenous Peoples in Arctic Canada, Inuit who were originally called Eskimo, when compared with other Aboriginal populations, notably First Nations, originally called Indian, and Métis. Contemporary researchers of Inuit Peoples and culture are encouraged to adapt search strategies that reflect both historical and contemporary terminology to effectively retrieve relevant database results across time even when outdated search terms must be used.
- ItemOpen AccessDrinking from a fire hose: how to cope with the onslaught of electronic resources(2007-10-18) Hoffman, Nadine; Jendzjowsky, IreneHow do public service librarians and archivists cope with the ever increasing volume of electronic offerings? How do we keep up-to-date for ourselves and our users? This presentation looks at a number of resources to aid the public services librarian as well as how to keep users informed about the ever-expanding resources they can access. Some issues addressed include: (1) With the continual growth of free resources as well as fee-based databases available through memberships, institutional and consortia purchases, how do we know what is available and where it can be found? (2) With vendors and websites changing their content and interfaces, how do we find information and research effectively and efficiently? (3) How do we know about and/or access resources not available to our institution for our own continuing education/professional development?
- ItemOpen AccessEffective Indigenous Terminology in Canadian Legal Research for the Arctic(2017-06-09) Hoffman, NadineTerms used in today’s society to describe Indigenous Peoples and cultures are significantly different than historical terminology. Contemporary Arctic and Indigenous researchers will know current keywords to conduct their research, but may not be able to locate historical documents if they are not cognizant of the changing terms used throughout history. This paper will analyze appropriate contemporary and historical keywords in the context of Canadian legal research best practices. Keywords used to effectively find Aboriginal resources will illustrate changes in taxonomy reflecting changes in societal norms, database practices, legal definitions, and the various jurisdictions of Aboriginal Peoples. A survey of Canadian law libraries will be conducted to analyze subject headings found in library catalogues, legal indexes, and other primary and secondary resources. Given the interdisciplinary nature of law, this paper will be applicable to most Indigenous scholars across the Social Sciences and Humanities.
- ItemOpen AccessEmbedding Research and Writing Instruction into Inquiry-Based Learning: A Case Study(2015-05-13) Hoffman, Nadine; Feng, Patrick; McDermott, BrendaWhile instructors value the outcomes of research processes, the instruction of these skills is often left on the periphery. When librarians and writing centre staff are able to meaningfully collaborate in course design, the boundaries between assignment, assessment, research, and writing are reduced to create a more accurate model of the iterative process of scholarship. As Ferer (2012) highlights, connecting library and writing support merges divisions created by institutional boundaries. This presentation highlights the potential for creating a cohesive university experience for first-year students, by describing the outcomes of a partially flipped approach to research and writing instruction embedded into an inquiry-based learning course. This collaborative re-design process incorporated many flipped classroom initiatives (Mangan, 2013), including pre-tests, in-class exercises, hands-on research components, writing workshops, and a summative assessment. Research and writing skills were weighted 25% of the course grade with librarians and writing centre staff integrally involved with the assessment process. The purpose of this session is to introduce instructors to the benefits of using a partially flipped approach to research and writing skills instruction by highlighting the value of integrating librarians and writing support staff into course design. Participants will experience an interactive exercise modeling the student experience to foster a deeper understanding of research and writing skills, and through this gain an appreciation for how an embedded model can work in the classroom.
- ItemOpen AccessIntegrating Resources and Research: Faculty & Information Professional Collaboration for a Better Student Research Experience(2013-05-15) Hoffman, Nadine; Landwehr, Regina; Lee, Jennifer; Reaume, Renee; Vaska, Rosvita
- ItemMetadata onlyLanding Native Fisheries(Canadian Association of Law Libraries, 2009-07) Hoffman, NadineA book review of "Landing Native Fisheries: Indian Reserves & Fishing Rights in British Columbia, 1849-1925" where the book discusses aboriginal settlement patterns and treaty-making.
- ItemMetadata onlyLaw of the Land(Canadian Association of Law Libraries, 2010-03) Hoffman, NadineA book review for "Law of the Land: The Advent of the Torrens System in Canada" that discusses the history of land registration systems in Canada, particularly the Torrens system used in Alberta adapted from Australia
- ItemOpen AccessLocal Library Services: University of Calgary Library Services(2009-04-22) Hoffman, NadineA panel presentation made to the Calgary Law Libraries Group members to identify services available in Calgary. Presentations were also made by Evette Berry, Calgary Public Library, and Sonia Poulin, Alberta Law Libraries.
- ItemMetadata onlyAn LPSS Member to Know: Amalia Monroe(Law and Political Science Section. Association of College and Research Libraries., 2010) Hoffman, NadineAn interview with a government and political science librarian for newsletter of the Law and Political Science Section (LPSS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).
- ItemOpen AccessSpecies at Risk Act: A Comprehensive Inventory of Legislative Documents, 1973-2017(Canadian Institute of Resources Law (CIRL), 2018-03-02) Hoffman, Nadine; Canadian Institute of Resources LawThe long and complex history of the enactment of the Canadian Species at Risk Act (SARA) made this statute a prime target for a legislative and documentary history. The sheer volume of, and difficulty in locating, documents related to and considered in the development of SARA is vast. In a 30-year period, 18 bills relating to species protection were introduced in the House of Commons. In the past 15 years, 12 amending bills were introduced and 70 pieces of subordinate legislation were registered under SARA (largely regulations and Orders in Council). This legislative and documentary history includes all bills, amendments, and regulations, beginning with the 1973 Speech from the Throne and ending in February 2018. It also includes parliamentary papers and committee reports, related international treaties, regulatory process information, reports and backgrounders from various government departments and non-government organizations (NGO’s), and selected scholarly articles documenting the legislative process. The purpose of this legislative and documentary history is to facilitate an understanding of the legislative framework for SARA and assist with identifying primary legal documents related to endangered species research in Canada.
- ItemOpen AccessTeaching research skills through embedded librarianship(Emerald, 2017) Hoffman, Nadine; Beatty, Susan; Feng, Patrick; Lee, JenniferPurpose: This pilot aims to study a way of integrating research and writing support into a university course along with content. Research and writing skills are not taught explicitly in most university courses, yet these skills are increasingly required both in and outside of the classroom. Design/methodology/approach: An embedded, collaborative instructional team comprising the instructor, librarians and writing specialists re-designed a first-year inquiry-based learning course, incorporating research and writing instruction throughout, formative and summative assessments and a flipped classroom model. At the end of the course, each member of the team reflected on their collaborative and individual experiences. The team also surveyed students to gauge their perceptions of the research and writing sessions. Findings: The team learned from this experience and noted a large, but rewarding, time commitment. The flipped classroom model allowed the tailoring of instruction to students’ needs but required more work by librarians to prepare content and to grade. Students indicated appreciation for repeated interactions with librarians and reported confidence to use the skills taught. Originality/value: Embedding librarians throughout the course with a writing specialist, as well as involvement in grading, is novel – this may be the first example in the literature of “deep integration”. The concept of “embedded librarianship” can be enhanced by expanding librarian and other support roles in a course.
- ItemOpen AccessTraditional instruction reformed with flipped classroom techniques(2015-06) Lee, Jennifer; Beatty, Susan; Feng, Patrick; Hoffman, Nadine; McDermott, BrendaA flipped classroom moves away from a lecture-then-homework model by assigning “content” before the class, and then engaging students with the content or concepts during the class. This poster describes the redesign of a series of information literacy sessions in a first-year inquiry-based learning class, by employing flipped classroom techniques. It also reflects on the collaborative process of session redesign and lessons learned about executing a flipped classroom. The redesign came about as a result of the course instructor providing librarians with additional time, and an assessment component. The instructor, librarians, and a writing support coordinator worked together to revamp what was originally traditional lecture-style sessions. The pre-assigned content also included short quizzes administered through a course management system to ensure students understood content before class. Facilitated classroom activities allowed students to practice concepts with feedback. A final assessment component was also administered through the course management system and will be compared to quiz marks.