This presentation will provide an overview of the collaboration between an instructor from the Graduate School of Education and the Education Librarian (Rutgers University) for an online graduate course with the goal of increasing student engagement. Emphasis will be placed on utilizing Moore’s three variables that affect transactional distance in the online environment. Additionally, the session will cover the results of the piloting of this joint effort. The course activities, structure, and access to the embedded librarian and specific library resources that served to reduce transactional distance will be highlighted.
Leslin H. Charles has been an academic librarian for over a decade with special interest in information literacy, student engagement, and assessment of student learning. Leslin represented Rutgers University Libraries in the second year cohort (2014-2015) of ACRL Assessment in Action: Academic Libraries and Student Success. She has also participated in the ACRL Assessment Immersion Program, 20019 and Harvard Leadership Institute for Academic Librarians, 2007. While in the position of Coordinator, Information Literacy Instruction at Berkeley College, Leslin received the Associate of the Year Award for Innovation (2012). At Rutgers University, Leslin leads the libraries’ efforts to develop pedagogically sound learning experiences and appropriate assessment strategies in collaboration with librarians, teaching faculty, and relevant campus partners. She currently serves as the Vice-President/President Elect, ACRL-NJ/NJLA CUS.
Dr. William DeFabiis has been a K-12 educator for four decades, the last twenty-four years serving as a Superintendent of Schools. He has also taught as an adjunct instructor for four higher education institutions. Currently, and for the last seven years, he has been a Part Time Lecturer for the Graduate School of Education in the Department of Educational Theory, Policy and Administration at Rutgers University. Recently, he was awarded the Excellence in Educational Leadership Award by the University Council for Educational Administration. He has a particular interest in the effective integration of technology into the teaching-learning process with a specific focus on making the online learning environment both personal and engaging.