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Bridging The Skill Gap: Helping Non-Traditional Students Develop Research Skills When They Need It Most, Christina C. Wray, Renee C. Montgomery Mar 2019

Bridging The Skill Gap: Helping Non-Traditional Students Develop Research Skills When They Need It Most, Christina C. Wray, Renee C. Montgomery

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Many of the research skills needed to succeed in higher education are never explicitly taught. Most students learn through experience and exposure. However, working-class students don’t always grow up in academic environments that provide the same exposure to these skills. In fact, at the University of Central Florida one of every five of our students is the first in their family to attend college. Using the University of Central Florida’s “Research Tips Tuesdays” webinar series as a case study, participants in this session will explore ways to help working-class students develop fundamental research skills while respecting their busy ...


Throwing The Doors Wide Open: The Library’S Role In Fostering Accessibility, Christina Wray Nov 2018

Throwing The Doors Wide Open: The Library’S Role In Fostering Accessibility, Christina Wray

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Libraries play a variety of important roles, but perhaps the most important is as a place where ALL members of our communities are welcomed. But, what does it really mean to be inclusive? How do we encourage our patrons to be inclusive outside the library walls? What impact are we having in the lives of our patrons? In this session we will explore how we can facilitate an inclusive mindset in our libraries and our communities.


Framing Up Digital Literacy: Reviewing And Reframing Information Literacy Modules, Christina C. Wray, Rachel Mulvihill Jul 2018

Framing Up Digital Literacy: Reviewing And Reframing Information Literacy Modules, Christina C. Wray, Rachel Mulvihill

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When it comes to updating Information Literacy modules, it can be a daunting task to know where to start. This article will explore utilizing the ACRL Information Literacy Framework to identify skill gaps in the modules, create learner-centered experiences, and incorporate 21st-century literacy skills.


The Prestigious And The Predatory: Helping Online Students Navigate Open Education Source In A World Of "Fake News", Kathleen Hohenleitner Phd, James Campbell Phd, John Raible Ma Mar 2018

The Prestigious And The Predatory: Helping Online Students Navigate Open Education Source In A World Of "Fake News", Kathleen Hohenleitner Phd, James Campbell Phd, John Raible Ma

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Teaching early literature students to conduct research online poses a challenge when students encounter Open Education Resources. Some are predatory, published for profit, and not well vetted. Others are highly credible and perfectly appropriate for use in student essays. An instructional designer and two faculty members collaborated to design a module to help English literature students think critically about the online sources they find and how to best participate in the existing literary conversation.


Medulla: A 2d Sidescrolling Platformer Game That Teaches Basic Brain Structure And Function, Joey R. Fanfarelli, Stephanie Vie Sep 2015

Medulla: A 2d Sidescrolling Platformer Game That Teaches Basic Brain Structure And Function, Joey R. Fanfarelli, Stephanie Vie

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This article explores the design and instructional effectiveness of Medulla, an educational game meant to teach brain structure and function to undergraduate psychology students. Developed in the retro-style platformer genre, Medulla uses two-dimensional gameplay with pixel-based graphics to engage students in learning content related to the brain, information which is often pre-requisite to more rigorous psychological study. A pretest posttest design was used in an experiment assessing Medulla’s ability to teach psychology content. Results indicated content knowledge was significantly higher on the posttest than the pretest, with a large effect size. Medulla appears to be an effective learning tool ...


Individual Differences In Digital Badging: Do Learner Characteristics Matter?, Joey R. Fanfarelli, Thomas Rudy Mcdaniel Jun 2015

Individual Differences In Digital Badging: Do Learner Characteristics Matter?, Joey R. Fanfarelli, Thomas Rudy Mcdaniel

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Badge use has rapidly expanded in recent years and has benefited a variety of applications. However, a large portion of the research has applied a binary useful or not useful approach to badging. Few studies examine the characteristics of the user and the impact of those characteristics on the effectiveness of the badging system. This study takes preliminary steps toward that cause, examining the effectiveness of a badging system across two web-based university courses in relation to the individual differences of the learners. Individual differences are examined through the lens of Long-Dziuban reactive behavior types and traits. Results revealed differences ...


Musical Writing, Barry J. Mauer Jan 2004

Musical Writing, Barry J. Mauer

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This essay explores three approaches to “musical writing” from a course called “Writing About Popular Music.” I designed the course with the help of Dr. Robert Ray while finishing my Ph.D. at the University of Florida and continued to develop it with the help of Li Wei of the music program at the University of Central Florida.

Though this course offers standard approaches to music history, theory, and analysis, it also aims to produce new forms of writing about music that are themselves musical. To this end, the course explores how information is stored, organized, and processed in music ...


Speaking Freely In A Time Of War, Barry J. Mauer Jan 2004

Speaking Freely In A Time Of War, Barry J. Mauer

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Anti-speech advocates have made several arguments aimed at critics of the Iraq War. Many of these anti-speech arguments are enthymemes. If the purpose of these rhetors is to deceive others into accepting a weak claim, then enthymemes are ideal forms because they hide the weakest parts of the argument. By exposing their hidden premises, the parts that are implicit but left unstated, I demonstrate that the anti-speech arguments used against critics of the war are not sound. This essay examines the logos, ethos, and pathos in these anti-speech arguments.


Reality Check: Instructing Patrons In Cd-Rom Use, Meg K. Scharf, Rochelle R. Ballard Oct 1992

Reality Check: Instructing Patrons In Cd-Rom Use, Meg K. Scharf, Rochelle R. Ballard

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This is a two-part presentation given by reference librarians Rochelle Ballard and Meg Scharf. Meg first described UCF’s new CD-ROM services. Patron expectations were very high. Although a great deal of assistance was sometimes needed, patrons wanted to be able to search autonomously, which meant they needed instruction. Instruction was delivered to individual patrons at the time of need; through demonstrations held in the area that housed the CD Rooms; in workshops; and in the regular instruction classes delivered by librarians to students at the request of teaching faculty members.

Rochelle, who was instrumental in establishing UCF’s end-user ...