Program Session

5 - Do the Flip: Using the Flipped Classroom Model to Deliver Information Literacy Instruction

Tuesday, May 30
4:05 PM - 4:20 PM
Room: 615

Objectives: Flipped classroom is a blended learning instructional model that reverses the traditional construct of content being delivered in the classroom, followed by activities conducted outside the classroom. Traditionally, the model is used in school settings. Our experience suggests the model can work in a variety of contexts, including information literacy instruction in an academic hospital library.

Methods: In response to an expressed need for more hands on experience and individualized support in information literacy workshops, as well as a need to keep workshops within a one hour time frame, this academic hospital library experimented with the flipped classroom model in a number of their standard workshops, including workshops to teach basic search skills on PubMed and Medline. Pre-workshop content was delivered using the LibGuides content management system. LibGuides were created and included instructional videos, text, sample exercises, and contact information. Learners were expected to work through the information on the LibGuides prior to the workshops and the in-class workshop focused on reviewing the sample exercises and answering students’ questions. Evaluative data from both instructors and students were collected and analyzed. LibGuide usage data was also analyzed.

Results: In one year, 168 learners participated in the flipped workshops. Evaluations were collected evaluations from both learners and instructors. We will report on this experience from both the learner and instructor point of view. We will discuss issues that arose and some of our attempts to mitigate these issues.

Conclusion: Based upon our analysis of both instructor and learner evaluations, as well as LibGuide usage data, our conclusion will explore in more detail when the flipped workshop model works and when it doesn’t and provide some strategies for adapting the model. We will revisit some of the literature and compare how our experience resonates (or not) with the literature. We will discuss some of the ideas that we have for further modifications of this model to support our work.

Keywords: eLearning Flipped classroom Blended learning Library instruction Hospital libraries



Program Session

Sandy Iverson

Manager, Health Information & Knowledge Mobilization
St. Michael's Hospital
Toronto, ON, Canada

Sandy Iverson is manager of the Health Information and Knowledge Mobilization program at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto where she has been employed since 2010. She holds graduate degrees in library science and adult education. Her career in library and information services has included positions as diverse as managing learning centres for English as a second language students; selling library information and technology services to libraries; writing eLearning curriculum for public librarians; managing academic and health sciences libraries; and providing information and communication consulting services to non-profit organizations. Her research interests include health and information literacy, measurement and evaluation, and bibliotherapy. Sandy is also a practicing psychotherapist in the province of Ontario.

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David Lightfoot

Information Specialist
Scotiabank Health Sciences Library
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Bridget Morant

Information Specialist
Health Sciences Library
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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Carolyn Ziegler

Information Specialist
Health Sciences Library
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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