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Friday, July 20 • 8:00am - 9:30am
Coping with Mediocrity: Working with Less-than-Great Assignments

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Close your eyes and imagine this: You check your email and there’s a request for a library session - maybe it’s from a new faculty member you haven’t worked with before. In their request, they drop all the right words – “research”, “exploration” “critical thinking” – and they remembered to attach the assignment. You’re impressed and start to get excited about this collaboration. You begin to jot down some ideas, but then you remember that you need to at least look at the assignment first, and that’s when your excitement fizzles. The assignment is mediocre, and now you have to plan an engaging, informative, and useful workshop based on it. Sound familiar?

The presenter, an ESL teacher-turned-librarian with ten years of college-level instruction experience, will use her unique perspective to give targeted, actionable ideas for staying sane and maintaining enthusiasm when planning one-shot sessions based on unexceptional assignments. The examples used will focus on first-year writing assignments, but the ideas will be applicable to other disciplines and levels as well. Participants will leave with ideas for turning second-rate assignments into fantastic one-shots.


Elizabeth Webster

Education Librarian, MSU

Friday July 20, 2018 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
University Center 213