Bio: I am the Collection Development Librarian at Mason Library and just completed my first year at Keene. I am currently designing II-INFO 110, Information Environment, the intro course to the new Information Studies minor which I will be teaching this fall.
My Instructional Challenge: During the spring semester, it was a struggle to get students engaged in a traditional classroom discussion. I would allot a particular amount of time to discussion, but there were either crickets in the classroom or the same few people contributed over and over. My class this fall is also heavily based on interaction with the content and classmates, but I don't want to rely on just sitting in a circle and asking leading questions. I am looking to incorporate technology in ways that engage the students in classroom interaction with the content and with each other, without it seeming gratuitous or like I've just moved the discussion circle online.