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Heather’s Research Xpress
How many times have you stopped a lesson to review or re-teach a skill and wished you had a little video tutorial that meets the needs of your learning community?
How many times have you wished you could share a little video to explain a search concept to your students who were working on their research at home or in their classrooms or at soccer?
It’s so lovely when you don’t to have to create all the stuff yourself.
Happily, Heather Moorefield-Lang, Associate Professor at the School of Library and Information Science, University of South Carolina recently birthed the kind of YouTube channel that we’ve all been waiting for. And she delivered it with an announcement of Research Xpress on the AASL Forum.
Here’s Heather’s introduction to the channel
She shared her motivation and her expectations for the baby channel in her AASLforum post:
Last fall I started pondering on a YouTube Channel focused on research skills. Videos aimed at students and their librarians, professors, and teachers. Short, quick, free, Creative Commons Licensed, closed-captioned videos on every aspect of the research process from gathering the information to presenting it and everything in between . . .
It is not “finished” because like my professional development channel, Tech 15, I will be adding to it but today is the release of Research Xpress. Use it, share it, subscribe to it, embed it, and please request new videos. I hope you find it useful. Eventually it will have a prettier URL.
The rapidly growing list of videos currently includes playlists on Databases, Presentation Tools, Search Strategies, Google Tools, Image Searches and Google Tips and Tricks. Most range from two to six minutes and feature, of course, Heather’s clear, friendly, professional voice over well organized screen casts.
As an example, here’s Heather’s take on using one of my personal favorite tools for organizing my life, Google Keep.
THANK YOU, Heather! Let’s take her up on her kind offer and share what we’d like to see next.
While we’re speaking of birthing and mothering, I hope you’ll forgive this little shameless (but related) family promotion . . .
My daughter’s recently launched, Thumbnails: Art Class Simplified. Please share this with your art teachers and aspiring young artists.
Filed under: information literacy, instruction, research skills, screencasting, search tools, searching, video
About Joyce Valenza
Joyce is an Assistant Professor of Teaching at Rutgers University School of Information and Communication, a technology writer, speaker, blogger and learner. Follow her on Twitter: @joycevalenza
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