Volume 14 Number 2
|3Ts 2012: Engaging Students with Transliteracy, Teaching and Technology
The second annual 3Ts conference, held at the University at Albany on March 16th, was a very interesting gathering of people and sessions. Attendees and presenters were a mix of librarians, teachers, technologists, college professors as well as some students. As the title of the conference indicates, the focus was on students and instructional strategies with an emphasis on team-based learning as well as the use of technology in a variety of educational settings.
Conference participants were welcomed by Mary Casserly, Dean and Director of University at Albany Libraries. Mark McBride (Buffalo State College) provided some background and housekeeping information as well as much of the organizational coordination.
The Keynote Speaker was Trudi Jacobson, Distinguished Librarian, University at Albany. In "Metaliteracy: Emphasizing the Role of Learning" Trudi describes changes that she has made to her teaching methods over the years. During this speech, one of Trudi's students, Daina Migdel, spoke of the transformative effect that an information literacy class had on her studies.
The rest of the day consisted of a morning and afternoon workshop, as well as several interesting concurrent sessions throughout the day. One of the morning sessions included a panel of students from University at Albany who participated in "Information Literacy and Team-Based Learning: The Student Perpective." Students participating in this session were Daina Migdel and Leslie Mortland.
Some of the other sessions were "Preparing Students for a Future of Working with the Past: Using Omeka to Teach History Students How to Create Online Exhibits", "Mobile Information Literacy: Let's use an app for that!", "Visualizing Research: Teaching Visual Learners" and "Collaborative Computer Security Class."
After the afternoon sessions, the conference concluded with a panel discussion of closing remarks. All in all, an interesting and informative day. Thanks to conference organizers, presenters, University at Albany and the Faculty Advisory Council on Teaching and Technology for their efforts and support.