Friday, June 10 • 10:45am - 11:45am
Mapping Landmarks in the Territory: What Do Threshold Concepts Look Like to Students?

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A long-term qualitative study of the student experience at Mount Royal University sheds light on how students perceive threshold concepts related to information literacy (IL). The transcripts of over 400 interviews provide evidence of students in various stages of learning, from seeing only walls with no doorways, let alone thresholds, to looking back at breakthrough moments in learning. While students use entirely different language to the ACRL Framework, they nevertheless describe understanding of the concepts, and related practices and dispositions. Understanding these concepts from the  students' point of view may assist with developing activities and assignments, that encourage crossing these thresholds, and assessments that can help both the students and us as teachers know when that crossing happens. After a brief introduction, participants will work with excerpts from the study to discern markers of learning related to threshold concepts and use those markers to generate ideas for teaching.

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Margy MacMillan

Professor/Communications Librarian, Mount Royal Univeristy
Happy to chat about anything; at LIW to talk about info lit and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, and glimpses of threshold concepts in student interview data about their undergrad experience . Also interested in #critlib , pedagogy, food, and birds.

Friday June 10, 2016 10:45am - 11:45am MDT
Room 1725 Marriott Library (University of Utah campus)