Transformative Learning and Technology Literacies – Updated for Fall 2012

Course Description

All information professionals will most probably be called upon to create or present some form of instruction in the scope of their jobs. Within information environments, this class explores models such as Mezirow’s concept of transformative learning, the USER model, and the Learning 2.0/23 Things program as well as developing concepts such as Jenkins’ transmedia navigation. Coursework answers these questions:

  • How can we promote transformative learning via technology?
  • How can we design instructional experiences that have high value for library learners?
  • What emergent technologies are enhancing the way we learn and navigate information?
  • How can Learning 2.0 learning programs enhance staff devlopment?
  • How can Personal Learning Networks (PLNs) enhance professional practice?

Course Prerequisites: LIBR 200, 202, 204 required. Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

Course Requirements


  • All assignments support Learning Outcome #1 in addition to other SLOs.
  • Reflection Blogging: Eight 200 word minimum blog posts will serve as a reflection journal for the modules included in our course content. 20 points
  • Learning 2.0/23 Things Adaptation & Implementation: In groups, students will adapt and create content for a Learning 2.0 program and implement the program for a  library setting. Adaptation: 20 points, Implementation: 20 points
  • Online Personal Learning Network:  Students will design and curate their own online personal learning network throughout the semester. A media presentation or written report and resource list will share the details of the network. 20 points
  • Context Book Reports: Students will read one book selected from a list provided, and write a 400 word reflection or create a media-based presentation relating the topic and focus of the book to transformative learning and new literacies. 10 points
  • Participation & Seminar Engagement: Students will interact weekly via the course learning community, various social tools, and via optional online meetings. Students will be actively reading and commenting on others’ blog posts as well as within the learning programs they’ve designed. A final reflection post will allow students to self-evaluate their participation and engagement. 10 points

Detailed information and rubrics will be available on the course community site. Students will utilize a WordPress-based community course site for blogging, sharing and interaction throughout the course.

Course Calendar
Dates  and topics subject to change.

  • Week 1 – Course Introduction / Readings
  • Week 2 – L2.0 Prep / Learning & Instruction Theory
  • Week 3 – L2.0 Prep / Transformative Learning
  • Week 4 – L2.0 Prep / Teaching Tech
  • Week 5 – L2.0 Prep /  The USER Method
  • Week 6 – L2.0 Prep
  • Week 7 – L2.0 Launch for all groups
  • Week 8 – L2.0 / Personal Learning Networks (PLNs)
  • Week 9 – L2.0 / PLNS 2
  • Week 10 – L2.0 / PLNs: Exploration
  • Week 11 – L2.0 / Trans Media Navigation & Digital Storytelling
  • Week 12 – L2.0 / Games & Learning
  • Week 13 – L2.0 / Learning Analytics
  • Week 14 – L2.0 Course Wrap Up / PLN Presentations or Reports
  • Week 15 – Flex Time / Course Reflections & Wrap Up

Course Grading
Grading will be based on 100 possible points. More information to come as assignments are finalized.

  • Late assignments will lose 10% of point value per day late.
  • If life circumstances require students to request an extension, please do so several days before the assignment is due.
  • Communication and interaction throughout the semester via the course site is expected.

Textbooks and Readings

Readings and other media for each course concept will be  posted on the course site. Students are encouraged to share articles, blog posts and sites they find with the class via their blogs.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200LIBR 202LIBR 204Other prerequisites may be added depending on content.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Utilize models of engaged, technology-based learning within information positions of all kinds.
  2. Explain how new types of literacies impact the way we learn and consume information.
  3. Create a Web-based model of a user-focused, high value learning program.
  4. Utilize a personal learning network to enhance future professional practice.
  5. Engage learners within all information environments.
  6. Create and edit content for the Read/Write Web via various social technologies.

Core Competencies

LIBR 281 supports the following core competencies:

  1. C Recognize and describe cultural and economic diversity in the clientele of libraries or information organizations.
  2. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  3. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.


Required Textbooks:

  • Booth, C. (2011). Reflective teaching, Effective learning: Instructional literacy for library educators. Chicago: ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838910521 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Available through Amazon: 1456458884 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

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4 thoughts on “Transformative Learning and Technology Literacies – Updated for Fall 2012”

  1. Do you know the course number for this class? I had trouble locating it in the class list last semester.

  2. Rosa – They are listed above.

    Booth, C. (2011). Reflective teaching, Effective learning: Instructional literacy for library educators. Chicago: ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838910521
    Thomas, D., & Brown, J. (2011). A new culture of learning: Cultivating the imagination for a world of constant change. Charleston, SC: CreateSpace. Available through Amazon: 1456458884

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