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Owing to the scope and pace of change, society has become increasingly knowledge-based so that higher learning and research now act as essential components of cultural, socio-economic and environmentally sustainable development of individuals, communities and nations. In this environment, it is essential that higher learning and knowledge creation involve effective partnerships among academic and non-academic learning institutions and communities to create and apply learning and knowledge with stakeholders that are managing and creating sustainable development initiatives. Growing concern regarding the importance of the contribution that higher education institutions make to society has aroused increasing debate about their relevance and credibility amid escalating social problems. An underlying premise of community engagement is the understanding that not all knowledge and expertise resides in the academy, and that both expertise and great learning opportunities in teaching and scholarship also reside in non-academic settings.

This conference will explore how LIS educators and researchers can develop curricula, programs, and research activities that enable active partnerships with communities and civil society to manage and create change. How can LIS programs increase opportunities for experiential, service oriented, and community engaged student learning? How can we develop further collaboration between LIS programs and their larger communities (local, regional/ state, national, global) for the mutually beneficial exchange of knowledge and resources in a context of partnership and reciprocity?

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Tuesday, January 17 • 9:00am - 12:00pm
Pre-Conference Workshop: Pedagogical (Re)-vision: from Concept to Course

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In January 2015, a diverse group of professionals, drawn from a broad spectrum of information sectors, came together at an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)-funded National Planning Forum to set a framework for re-visioning LIS education. Within the context of “Envisioning Our Information Future and How to Educate for It”, participants proposed a number of proofs of concept which could be explored, field tested, and refined prior to being incorporated in a White Paper Report to IMLS and the information community. Informed by the discussion at the Planning Forum, the ALISE 2016 conference included a workshop introducing design thinking as a concept and process.

This ALISE 2017 interactive workshop will focus on one proof of concept involving innovative pedagogy. Following a recap of design thinking principles and applications presented at ALISE 2016, participants will be introduced to a case study exemplar of innovative pedagogy developed and delivered within a design framework. The interactive segment of the workshop will engage small groups in discussing and assessing a prototype syllabus with reference to design criteria of desirability, feasibility, and viability. The final plenary will offer an opportunity for groups to share their evaluations, and to summarize opportunities to innovate in the design of course content and pedagogy with the goal of enabling those interested to implement such a course.

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Eileen Abels

Dean and Professor, Simmons College, School of Library and Information Science
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Linda Smith

Professor and Associate Dean, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Linda C. Smith is professor and associate dean for academic programs in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She joined the faculty in 1977. She works with graduate students on-campus (MS, CAS, PhD) and, since 1997, online (MS, CAS... Read More →

Tuesday January 17, 2017 9:00am - 12:00pm EST
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