Library Instruction by Design: Using Design Thinking to Meet Evolving Needs
Friday, June 1 • 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Blending Design Thinking with Design-Based Research

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This session will focus on helping participants make the connection between using the design thinking process to identify and brainstorm creative solutions to instructional problems, and then use the practice and strategies of Design-Based Research (DBR) to create a plan for measuring change after solution implementation. Design-based research is an educational research methodology often used to study classroom and learning problems, and helps to connect pedagogical theory and teaching practice (Anderson & Shattuck, 2012). This method is used to study learning experiences and contexts, as well as, technology implementation projects. The value of blending Design Thinking and DBR is that both methodologies are grounded in the identification of areas for instructional improvement and then the implementation of a plan to solve a problem within a complex instructional context.
This session will first demonstrate an example of blending design thinking and design-based research and then engage the participants in the process of brainstorming possible solutions to common instructional problems. A research plan process will be presented and participants will have an opportunity to begin the research planning process. How to use qualitative research methods to collect data, as part of the design-based research plan, will also be discussed. Participants will have an opportunity to share problems, proposed solutions, data collection ideas and strategies, as well as evolving research plans. The purpose of this session is to present a process that librarians can use to identify problems in a variety of instructional contexts and then strategize solutions while they begin to write a plan to take action to improve library instruction.  

Session Learning Outcomes
  • Participants will articulate an instructional problem to attack with a design thinking process (common problems will also be available for those without a problem)
  • Participants will develop a design-based research plan to gather data about that problem.
  • Participants will share their plan with peers for feedback

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Donna Harp Ziegenfuss

Associate Librarian, University of Utah

Friday June 1, 2018 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Berman University of San Francisco - Fromm Hall 2497 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94118-4315

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