Rahkonen Presents on “Flipped” Course at Music Library Association National Meeting

Posted on 3/21/2017 1:21:18 PM

Carl Rahkonen, music librarian, presented a paper titled "Flipping Music Bibliography" at the national meeting of the Music Library Association, held February 22–26, 2017, in Orlando, Florida.

A "flipped" course has students study content material before class and complete practical assignments during class with the teacher's guidance. Through this technique Rahkonen became better engaged with his students, learned their points of view, and was better able to assist them in improving their information literacy skills. 

The course became less fact-oriented and more skill-oriented, testing became less an assessment and more a learning exercise, and assignments became more geared towards practical reality. It was a better way to teach towards fulfilling the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education.

The presentation described the advantages and disadvantages of flipping, discussed what worked and what did not, and explored the direction of music bibliography in the 21st century.

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