Sunday, April 18, 2021

Webinar: The Flywheel Effect: Bridging the gap for first-year students

A free webinar sponsored by the ACRL ULS Professional Development Committee on 11 May 2021 at 1pm USA Central time (which is, e.g., 7pm UK time) is The Flywheel Effect: Bridging the gap for first-year students in a virtual world presented by Kay Coates and Vivian Bynoe, Georgia Southern University, USA.  "While some students may be prepared [for college], others have lacked the opportunity to develop essential critical thinking skills needed to navigate their coursework and research assignments efficiently. COVID-19 has posed additional challenges for students in high school who will be transitioning to college ... This is an ideal time to ask how our instructional strategy can be thoughtfully crafted to meet these students’ needs. ... The Flywheel strategy is a business concept developed by Jim Collins, the author of Good to Great. An analogy of a flywheel is used to illustrate that successful outcomes can be achieved through deliberate, strategic intent combined with small, repetitive steps by everyone involved. Librarians can implement this strategy to link learners with skill-building resources that impact their lived experiences beyond the classroom via information literacy instruction."  Register at

Photo by Sheila Webber: pale tulips, April 2021

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