Reflective Practice Workshop to Highlight Threshold Concepts

Posted on 10/6/2015 11:24:22 AM

IUP faculty and teaching associates: don’t miss this Reflective Practice Saturday Workshop! It will be held on October 17 from 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. in the HUB Susquehanna Room. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The topic will be “New Information Literacy Framework and Threshold Concepts: Tripping Point or Tipping Point for Great Teaching?”

Are you interested in working with your students to open the door to a deeper understanding of your subject disciplines in the areas of information creation, access, and ethical use? Would you like to help students overcome barriers to a deeper understanding of their subject area that might help them move from novice to professional? Would you like to spend a positive, interactive day with engaged colleagues who will share their successful practices with you and invite you to share yours with others to create new possibilities? 

If so, join us for this highly interactive session led by one of the leading voices in the promulgation of the new information literacy framework and threshold concepts. Attendees can expect to gain the knowledge, tools, confidence, and connections to facilitate the development of improved information-literacy-related objectives, activities, and assignments that will challenge and engage students and lead to deeper learning outcomes and the development of life-long literacy skills that will help students succeed well beyond their college years.

This workshop is cosponsored with the IUP Libraries. Faculty and teaching associates may RSVP by Monday, October 12.

Who is the Facilitator?

Ellysa Stern Cahoy is an education librarian and an assistant director of the Pennsylvania Center for the Book in the Penn State University Libraries, University Park. Cahoy is past chair of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Information Literacy Competency Standards Committee and chaired the initial ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards Review Task Force. This task force recommended the revision of the ACRL Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, leading towards the creation of the ACRL Board-accepted ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education. She is currently Chair of the ACRL Instruction Section.  

What is a Threshold Concept?

Threshold concept is a term used in many disciplines to indicate a place at which students can get stuck, but, once understood, may transform perception of a given subject and assist students in moving from novice to professional. In 2015, the Association of College and Research Libraries presented a new way to view Information Literacy in its Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, which was built around six threshold concepts that can help enrich learning across disciplines.


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