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Dr. Cindy Welch

Boosting students’ professional capacities with media assignments

Dr. Cindy Welch, a clinical assistant professor at the School of Information Sciences, the College of Communication and Information, shares her teaching methods that help her students in an online course, Programming for Children and Young Adults, become “fearless” as they enter their careers in information science. Watch the video to find out about a book trailer and other learner-generated media assignments in Dr. Welch’s class. These assignments encourage students to get comfortable with a variety of technology tools, analyze audience needs, and address copyright issues in educational media.

“Libraries aren’t just about books anymore. They’re a lot about technology and they’ve always been about people, so as I prepare my students, I want them to be able to hit the ground running in their professional capacities. That means they have to know their target audiences and that includes knowing the things that are important to them, like the different kinds of technologies that are available.”

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