Proposal Title

Organizing and Promoting Campus-Wide Workshops for Digital Badges

Start Date

17-3-2020 10:45 AM

End Date

17-3-2020 11:15 AM

Author(s) Bio

Mr. Victor Baeza, Graduate Initiatives and Engagement Coordinator, provides leadership to the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Libraries in the areas of services to graduate students. He has continuously worked to develop new outreach opportunities and collaborations across campus. His 24 years of involvement in library instruction has given him diverse experience in designing, directing and delivering workshops, training sessions, and seminars to the academic community. Victor has a BS in Communication from Eastern New Mexico University. He earned his MLS from the University of North Texas and received his MBA from Texas Christian University.

Presenter Status

Academic Librarian

Keywords

Workshops, Programming, Instruction, Educational Resources

Presentation Type

30 minutes (e.g. Individual)

Description of Proposal

Academic libraries exist in large part to support learning experiences at the university. The range of services and resources available to graduate students continues to grow in number and in format as various departments on campus develop their graduate support activities. A growing trend at universities is to create programs such as digital badges to capture the “soft skills” students gain outside of the classroom. The digital badges can be offered from the school, a department like the graduate college, or through support services like the writing center, career services, or the library. Libraries, as a department already in contact with academic units and support services across campus, can support this trend and use the opportunity to become the campus leader in collecting, promoting, and even coordinating campus-wide workshops for a digital badge program. This session will discuss how the Oklahoma State University Libraries developed a graduate digital badges program for the graduate college in order to become a major resource of information on training activities for students, and to increase awareness of library programming. The OSU Libraries now coordinate and promote instructions sessions offered by the library, career services, and the writing center using existing library tools. The session will also discuss lessons learned from developing a digital badge program, hosting workshops by other services for the badge program, and why the library has worked to solidify its reputation as the hub of graduate workshops. Also presented will be how the library promotes workshops for graduate students by maintaining a web calendar and through a graduate learning listserv managed by the library. The goal is to encourage libraries to participate in and promote digital badges, and to facilitate access to campus workshops just as they do for other sources of information and learning.

What takeaways will attendees learn from your session?

This presentation seeks to convey how libraries can use what they have always done, done well, and are well positioned to do: organize and provide access to educational resources. Attendees will hear about how the Oklahoma State University Libraries have leveraged existing tools (i.e., LibGuides, LibCal, training room) to develop a larger audience for their own programming for graduate students through the promotion of digital badges. Tools used to administer and support the program will be discussed as well as methods to promote the workshops to graduate student. Suggestions and recommendations for collaborating with other support services across campus will be broached, as well as possible pitfalls to consider and address when considering digital badges.

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Mar 17th, 10:45 AM Mar 17th, 11:15 AM

Organizing and Promoting Campus-Wide Workshops for Digital Badges

Academic libraries exist in large part to support learning experiences at the university. The range of services and resources available to graduate students continues to grow in number and in format as various departments on campus develop their graduate support activities. A growing trend at universities is to create programs such as digital badges to capture the “soft skills” students gain outside of the classroom. The digital badges can be offered from the school, a department like the graduate college, or through support services like the writing center, career services, or the library. Libraries, as a department already in contact with academic units and support services across campus, can support this trend and use the opportunity to become the campus leader in collecting, promoting, and even coordinating campus-wide workshops for a digital badge program. This session will discuss how the Oklahoma State University Libraries developed a graduate digital badges program for the graduate college in order to become a major resource of information on training activities for students, and to increase awareness of library programming. The OSU Libraries now coordinate and promote instructions sessions offered by the library, career services, and the writing center using existing library tools. The session will also discuss lessons learned from developing a digital badge program, hosting workshops by other services for the badge program, and why the library has worked to solidify its reputation as the hub of graduate workshops. Also presented will be how the library promotes workshops for graduate students by maintaining a web calendar and through a graduate learning listserv managed by the library. The goal is to encourage libraries to participate in and promote digital badges, and to facilitate access to campus workshops just as they do for other sources of information and learning.