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The Library is dedicated to supporting faculty's classroom assignments, professional development, and personal research. This guide provides information on the kind of skills we teach, ways the Library can support you in the classroom, faculty training, resources for professional development, and how the Library can help you in your own research.
Librarians provide instruction on the skills and resources students need to find quality sources in today's information-rich world. The length and content of instructional sessions is tailored to your needs and topics may include:
- physical library resources and services
- online search techniques (keywords, boolean terms, truncation, phrasing, subject terms)
- finding sources
- resources for citing sources
- how to determine if a source is trustworthy
- and more! Talk to us about what your students need.
Instruction may consist of presentation, group discussion, team teaching, and/or practice exercises. We can even work with you to provide additional support to classes that require intensive subject-specific research.
We invite you to have your instruction take place in the Library Presentation Room so that students may become familiar with the Library and its location.
We can also schedule a Library Lab Session if your course includes assignments where students research topics or cite sources during class time. These sessions would allow librarians to provide point-of-need assistance and easy access to Library resources.
To schedule a Instruction or Lab Session for your class, please fill out a request form.
Tired of students not having their textbooks at the beginning of the semester? Want to supplement your course with DVDs or articles that you want students to be able to access outside of class?
Faculty may request that materials (owned by the Library or faculty themselves) be kept on the reserves shelf for in-Library use.
To view course reserve policies, the request form, and a list of all materials on reserve or request a reserve, please visit Course Reserves site.
At Ivy Tech we are focused on student success and retention. One way the library assists faculty in this effort is by providing assignment support. It’s as easy as communicating with a librarian - and it’s especially important when assignments link directly to library resources. To be most helpful, library staff need to know
- what resources students are asked to use
- when they need them
- and for what specific purposes.
Faculty can send copies of assignments to the Library Director, Nicole Treesh or to their school liaison librarian. This simple step will avoid broken links to resources, titles that have changed, paywalls, and outdated materials.
Librarians will even curate resources to support upcoming assignments, from the most relevant databases and journals to open educational resources. Many of our Library Guides contain such resource links. The librarians create and maintain these guides for you - just let us know what your class needs.
Students ask the library staff for help in any case, so let’s work together to ensure successful learning and teaching.
The library has developed a series of help guides for research-related topics such as EBSCOhost, citing sources, and evaluating websites.
Librarians can cover a lot of information during instruction, and these guides provide additional information about the various resources available to students.
Librarians can create online guides to useful resources on the topics your students are researching. Librarians have already created LibGuides for various courses and subjects.
To request a LibGuide, contact your school liaison librarian.
The librarians always welcome feedback from faculty and opportunities to collaborate with them.
Faculty should feel free to come to us with suggestions or ideas for classroom materials that are related to the library. Some examples of possible items are:
Library staff will meet with you for one-on-one training on a variety of topics that will help you to assist students as well as in your own research.
Training topics can include:
- Constructing Search Terms
Tips and tricks for finding what you need that we don't have time to cover in a class presentation.
The Library subscribes to hundreds of databases covering a wide variety of topics and formats. Librarians can familiarize you with the databases appropriate for your field or research project.
NoodleTools is software that helps students cite sources in proper MLA, APA, and Chicago formats. It also allows instructors to view and comment on students' citations in NoodleTools.
The Library's Professional Development Collection contains hundreds of books on topics important to you: androgogy, classroom management, online learning, curriculum development, and more.
Free Reports from Faculty Focus
Each free report features 10-12 articles and is packed with strategies, tips, and insight on the topics that impact your students, your courses, and your work.
A professional development course for community college educators from the National Science Foundation
Cheating in College by Today's students are tomorrow's leaders, and the college years are a critical period for their development of ethical standards. Cheating in College explores how and why students cheat and what policies, practices, and participation may be useful in promoting academic integrity and reducing cheating. The authors investigate trends over time, including internet-based cheating. They consider personal and situational explanations, such as the culture of groups in which dishonesty is more common (such as business majors) and social settings that support cheating (such as fraternities and sororities). They also focus on how faculty and administrators are increasing their efforts to promote academic honesty among students. Orientation and training sessions, information on college and university websites, student handbooks that describe codes of conduct, honor codes, and course syllabi all define cheating and establish the consequences. Based on the authors' multiyear, multisite surveys, Cheating in College quantifies and analyzes student cheating to demonstrate why academic integrity is important and to describe the cultural efforts that are effective in restoring it.
Publication Date: 2017-10-16
Minds Online by From wired campuses to smart classrooms to massive open online courses (MOOCs), digital technology is now firmly embedded in higher education. But the dizzying pace of innovation, combined with a dearth of evidence on the effectiveness of new tools and programs, challenges educators to articulate how technology can best fit into the learning experience. Minds Online is a concise, nontechnical guide for academic leaders and instructors who seek to advance learning in this changing environment, through a sound scientific understanding of how the human brain assimilates knowledge. Drawing on the latest findings from neuroscience and cognitive psychology, Michelle Miller explores how attention, memory, and higher thought processes such as critical thinking and analytical reasoning can be enhanced through technology-aided approaches. The techniques she describes promote retention of course material through frequent low‐stakes testing and practice, and help prevent counterproductive cramming by encouraging better spacing of study. Online activities also help students become more adept with cognitive aids, such as analogies, that allow them to apply learning across situations and disciplines. Miller guides instructors through the process of creating a syllabus for a cognitively optimized, fully online course. She presents innovative ideas for how to use multimedia effectively, how to take advantage of learners' existing knowledge, and how to motivate students to do their best work and complete the course. For a generation born into the Internet age, educational technology designed with the brain in mind offers a natural pathway to the pleasures and rewards of deep learning.
Call Number: LB1028.5 .M548 2016
Publication Date: 2016-03-14
The Skillful Teacher by Energize your classrooms with these key techniques for college teaching Students say the best teachers get them excited about learning, stretch their thinking, and keep them actively involved in class. But with increasingly diverse classrooms and constantly changing technology, each semester throws up new challenges for engaging students. Discover how to keep your teaching, and your students, energized with The Skillful Teacher, a practical guide to effective techniques, approaches, and methods for today′s college classrooms. Providing insights, reflections, and advice from his four decades of college teaching, Stephen Brookfield now adapts his successful methods to teaching online, working with diverse student populations, and making classrooms truly inclusive.
Publication Date: 2015-03-09
Linked Courses for General Education and Integrative Learning by Research indicates that of the pedagogies recognized as "high impact", learning communities - one approach to which, the linked course, is the subject of this book - lead to an increased level of student engagement in the freshman year that persists through the senior year, and improve retention. This book focuses on the learning community model that is the most flexible to implement in terms of scheduling, teacher collaboration, and design: the linked course. This volume covers both "linked courses" in which faculty may work to coordinate syllabi and assignments, but teach most of their courses separately, as well as well as "paired courses" in which two or more courses are team taught in an integrated program in which faculty participate as learners as well as teachers.
Publication Date: 2012-10-16
McKeachie's Teaching Tips by This indispensable handbook provides helpful strategies for dealing with both the everyday challenges of university teaching and those that arise in efforts to maximize learning for every student. The suggested strategies are supported by research and adaptable to specific classroom situations. Rather than suggest a "set of recipes" to be followed mechanically, the book gives instructors the tools they need to deal with the ever-changing dynamics of teaching and learning.
Call Number: LB2331 .S99 2011
Publication Date: 2010-01-01
Millennials is a generation of people born during the 1980s and early 1990s. The name is based on Generation X, the generation that preceded them. Members of Generation Y are often referred to as “echo boomers” because they are the children of parents born during the baby boom (the “baby boomers”). Because children born during this time period have had constant access to technology (computers, cell phones) in their youth, they have required many employers to update their hiring strategy in order to incorporate updated forms of technology. Also called millennials, echo boomers, internet generation, iGen, net generation
Books and eBooks
Generation Z Goes to College by Generation Z is rapidly replacing Millennials on college campuses. Those born from 1995 through 2010 have different motivations, learning styles, characteristics, skill sets, and social concerns than previous generations. Unlike Millennials, Generation Z students grew up in a recession and are under no illusions about their prospects for employment after college. While skeptical about the cost and value of higher education, they are also entrepreneurial, innovative, and independent learners concerned with effecting social change. Understanding Generation Z's mindset and goals is paramount to supporting, developing, and educating them through higher education. (eBook Version)
Generation iY: Secrets to Connecting With Today's Teens & Young Adults in the Digital Age by It is no longer accurate to refer to Generation Y as one collective demographic. The Millennials born after 1990 are a whole new batch of students. They are the kids born between 1990 and 2002 and are part of the largest generation in our history. The older you are, the more you'll feel like an immigrant among natives with this new generation.
Call Number: HQ799.7 .E46 2015
We Are Generation Z: How Identity, Attitudes, and Perspectives Are Shaping Our Future by Born at the turn of the millennium, the members of Generation Z are no strangers to today's fast-paced, hyperconnected world. They were born in the Digital Age. They grew up online. Their identities, attitudes, and perspectives have all been uniquely integrated with technology. Now, as they stand at the brink of adulthood, it's time for the world to discover: Who is Generation Z? Vivek Pandit shares an insider's perspective on what it means to be part of this unique generation. By exploring the forces that have shaped him and his peers, he gives insight into how they may go on to shape the world.
Call Number: HQ799.5 .P36 2015
Engaging Millennials for Ethical Leadership by "[This book] brings broad perspective to the discussion of millennial at work. As organizational models continue to evolve, her analysis points to more robust, values-based talent development strategies that optimize engagement and performance. This is essential reading for all who believe that unyielding integrity is the ultimate competitive advantage."--Susan P. Peters, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, GE "In this book, McManus sheds highly focused and well-grounded light on this issue with respect to how to best prepare today's emerging leaders to handle the ethical challenges they are likely to face at work It is a must read for educators, managers, coaches and trainers who face this emerging challenge."--Edward J. Conlon, Sorin Society Professor of Management & Director, Notre Dame Deloitte Center for Ethical Leadership, Author of Getting It Right: Notre Dame on Leadership and Judgment in Business By 2020, half of America's workforce will be millennials. In this era of transparency and accountability, explorations of effective organizations are inseparable from considerations of ethical leadership. Engaging Millennials for Ethical Leadership provides strategies for optimizing performance, drawing on emerging research and complemented with perspectives gleaned from students at a top-tier business school and from a diverse groupof corporate executives.
Call Number: eBook
Publication Date: 2015-01-26
Understanding Y by Understanding Y is a fresh and incisive book that offers a better understanding, appreciation and awareness of the Millennial generation. In this groundbreaking work, author Charlie Caruso has amassed a diverse array of papers, articles and journals from prominent individuals, noted entrepreneurs and bestselling authors who collectively explore how Gen Y thinks, interacts and works. Understanding Y gives insight into the generation and examines their motivations and passions.
The College Student Whisperer: Taming and Training the Millenial Mind by Most college professors quickly come to know that teaching just their subject matter is not enough anymore, especially in a community college setting. Students must also be taught success strategies, time management skills, acceptable behaviors, and sometimes, basic life skills. How can a professor do it all and teach subject matter too? By using College Student Whisperer techniques!
Call Number: LB1027.23 .M27 2014
The College Question: Why college (as we know it) isn't working for the Millennial generation by Led by unprecedented crises in cost and demand, along with rapidly changing technology, the coming upheaval will change American colleges and universities and will shape the future lives and careers of Millennial generation students. Surveying generational, economic, and educational trends, The College Question surveys the current state of higher education in America and questions the feasibility and relevance of a college education for Millennial students.
Call Number: LB2322.2 .B58 2013
From entitlement to engagement : affirming Millennial students' egos in the higher education classroom by This volume addresses theories and practices surrounding the entitled, self-absorbed students called Millennials. The contributors to this volume show how new and better educational outcomes can emerge if professors reconsider Millennials. First and foremost, many of these students simply don't fit their stereotype. Beyond that, the authors urge faculty to question commonly held assumptions, showing them how to reevaluate their pedagogical practices, relationships with students, and the norms of college classrooms.
Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a perspective used to evaluate and design instructional materials. It is best practices drawn from those already used by teachers. UDL is based on the idea of universal access in architecture: just as a ramp accommodates baby strollers and bicyclists as well as people in wheelchairs, so using captioned audio clips helps all students as well as hearing-impaired students. UDL uses technology as required to meet its goals; it is not a technological solution.
The resources below will help you evaluate your instructional materials and activities from the perspective of UDL principles.
Non-profit CAST is the origin, and hub, of Universal Design for Learning research. Find here links to learn about UDL principles, checkpoints to use in evaluation, templates for instructional materials, and more.
UDL Scan Tool for Evaluating Online Instructional Resources
This tool is a survey, using Google Forms, to quickly scan an online lesson for accessibility. It will flag "what might be missing in order to best meet the learning needs of ALL individuals." Developed at the University of Kansas.
UDL Training Module from IRIS Center
Open-Access training module that walks through evaluation of a middle-school lesson plan. Includes links out to in-depth resources on each point. "The IRIS Center is a national center dedicated to improving education outcomes for all children, especially those with disabilities, birth through age twenty-one."