A15. Super Class: Creating Engaging One-Credit, Fully Online Library Classes with Online Tools

A session at SUNYLA 2013

Thursday 13th June, 2013

10:30am to 12:00pm (EST)

Discussions about future classrooms set up a divide between virtual (MOOCs), and face-to-face instruction. We wish to present a new approach for facilitating faculty-student contact online that mirrors the traditional classroom. We have recently begun teaching LaGuardia Community College'€™s fully online Internet Research Strategies class using the Ning social network. Ning enables us to not only host the class, but to combine our individual classes into one '€œsuper class'€. In 2011, as part of a Verizon-funded initiative, we taught a super class, in which students who successfully completed the program received grades that far exceeded similar courses and showed improved performance on the post-course assessment.


  • How to keep an online classroom engaged
  • How tools like Ning can create an environment encouraging student reflection
  • How collaborative teaching can be a richer experience for all

Michelle Bishop

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Steven Ovadia

LaGuardia Community College

Steven Ovadia is associate professor/web services Librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. He frequently writes about how users interact with online information. He is a columnist for Behavioral & Social Sciences Librarian and has published in Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library Philosophy and Practice, and Journal of Web Librarianship.

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Ann Matsuuchi

LaGuardia Community College

Ann Matsuuchi is an instructional technology/systems librarian at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY. Her past experience includes work in the New York Public Library branches. Her research interests include: Wikipedia, gender in online cultures, feminist/queer theory, comic books, Samuel R. Delany and Afrofuturism.

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Time 10:30am12:00pm EST

Date Thu 13th June 2013

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