Search Stories: Combining Inquiry with Narrative for Robust, Memorable Learning

Stories are powerful tools for connecting real-world lessons to personal experience. In this workshop, faculty from the University of British Columbia Library and iSchool will demonstrate how to design and assess fun, meaningful inquiry tasks for children and young adults. Using a backward design model, we will illustrate the process of creating “Search Stories,” or inquiry tasks that are rooted in authentic scenarios that connect with curriculum outcomes, increase student engagement, and prompt narrative learning. Participants will be provided examples of tested inquiry tasks, as well as templates for designing their own tasks, which will be shared and workshopped in small groups. At the conclusion to the workshop, participants will be invited to share their final inquiry tasks with other educators through TeachBC, where they can find additional resources to support inquiry practice.

Workshop Structure:

5 Min: Introductions

20 Min: The philosophy and process of Search Stories

20 Min: Developing your Search Story (Individuals with Instructor Support)

20 Min: Workshopping Inquiry Tasks (Small groups)

15 Min: Sharing Out, Lessons Learned (Full group)

10 Min: Introduction to TeachBC

 

Instructor Bios:

Eric Meyers, MSI, MA, PhD.

Eric is an Associate Professor at the School of Information (iSchool), University of British Columbia. He specializes in children’s media design, learning theory, and inquiry processes and practices of children, specifically social meaning making with online resources.

 

Alex Kuskowski, MLIS

Alex is the Learning Services Librarian for the Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) at the University of British Columbia Library. Alex manages implementation and assessment of the CLC learning support programs for first year students, and oversees the online library skills instruction targeted to new UBC students.

 

Wendy Traas, MA, MI

Wendy is an Education Librarian at the University of British Columbia. She works with teacher candidates and education scholars in the Faculty of Education to support research and scholarly communications, open education, and learning design.

 

Target Audience

Teacher-librarians and classroom educators

Sessions

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Room 227

This session is full.


Presenter

  • Eric Meyers

    Eric Meyers, MSI, MA, PhD.

    Eric is an Associate Professor at the School of Information (iSchool), University of British Columbia. He specializes in children’s media design, learning theory, and inquiry processes and practices of children, specifically social meaning making with online resources.

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  • University of British Columbia Library
    Alex Kuskowski

    Alex Kuskowski, MLIS

    Alex is the Learning Services Librarian for the Chapman Learning Commons (CLC) at the University of British Columbia Library. Alex manages implementation and assessment of the CLC learning support programs for first year students, and oversees the online library skills instruction targeted to new UBC students.

     

    Wendy Traas, MA, MI

    Wendy is an Education Librarian at the University of British Columbia. She works with teacher candidates and education scholars in the Faculty of Education to support research and scholarly communications, open education, and learning design.