We identified the following best practices for implementing our teaching philosophy. Effective collections-based instruction includes:
- Learning objectives that align visit goals with course goals
- Careful document selection
- Tailored prompts
- Backward designed assignment
- Carefully considered visit logistics
- Thoughtful facilitation of archival visits, including wrap-ups
- “Goldilocks” of context (not too much; not too little)
- Working collaboratively to tweak and refine
And our independent evaluators found that these techniques really work!
The pattern is clear: where our data are best, …courses taught by faculty who used [these] instructional strategies succeeded in fostering positive students outcomes – higher grades, and greater rates of course completion and course passing.
Julie Golia and Robin M. Katz, “Eight Best Practices,” TeachArchives.org, accessed [insert date here], http://wwww.teacharchives.org/articles/best-practices/.