Cultural influences in students’ lives—often tied to aspects of their background such as ethnicity, national origin, socioeconomic status, gender, and religion—play a large role in determining how they learn. Learning styles additionally differ among students, making it difficult to know how to best support all students.
This book introduces academic instruction librarians to a differentiated instruction (DI) approach that will help them to offer students a choice of how to engage with course content, assess their understanding of the material, and demonstrate mastery of the material to the instructor, allowing students to actively participate in their education.
It explains various instructional techniques used in DI and provides detailed, step-by-step examples for implementing educational technology tools supporting each technique. Accompanying the examples are tips for overcoming known challenges in implementation and best practices for successful adoption of the techniques. Readers will understand how to begin using the most popular types of educational technology tools for academic information literacy instruction.
- Explains differentiated instruction and its benefits for both teaching and learning
- Helps readers to understand how students’ cultural diversity and different learning styles can affect how they learn
- Offers quick access to practical examples, tips, and best practices for using several DI tools and techniques that teachers can easily follow to save time and effort and avoid common problems
- Answers frequently asked questions about implementing DI