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Thursday, March 19 • 2:15pm - 3:45pm
Lightning Session: Excitation About Citation--Using Learn2Cite™ to Support Active Learning of Citation Style

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Learning citation styles is often both a painful and passive experience for students involving reading style guides or viewing tutorials. The underlying motivation is not to learn to cite correctly, but to solve the problem of finding the right example to copy, a situation whose stress is often intensified when done at the point of need shortly before an assignment is due. Some online citation style guides or “machines” are interactive to the extent that students fill in the information for their material and a computer program automatically generates the citation. In both instances, the “learn by doing” approach coupled with an absence of authentic instruction results in minimal learning and maximal frustration. Good instructional design is anchored in sound pedagogical principles and is goal driven. Employing a constructivist approach, two faculty librarians at the University of South Dakota identified objectives for developing a citation style lesson. First, the lesson needs to be as interactive as possible. Second, the student must produce the outcome. Third, multiple intelligence learning styles need to be supported throughout the instruction. Fourth, the lesson needs to be flexible in both how it is used and in the kinds of citation style formats that are supported. Fifth, feedback needs to be immediate. The presenters are currently developing Learn2Cite™ to address these objectives. By identifying the basic building blocks of citations and having students manipulate these blocks as they work to form complete and properly organized citations, active learning is achieved. Linguistic intelligence, visual or spatial intelligence, and tactile or bodily-kinesthetic intelligences are all in play as students interact with the lessons. Learn2Cite™ can be configured as a self-paced, stand-alone tutorial and can be used for in-classroom demonstrations. This session will include demonstrations of the on-line tutorial and in-classroom uses.


Alan Aldrich

Associate Professor, Instructional Services Librarian, University of South Dakota
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Carol Leibiger

Associate Professor, Information Literacy Coordinator, University of South Dakota

Thursday March 19, 2015 2:15pm - 3:45pm CDT
Campus Center, John B. Davis Lecture Hall

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