Using an improvisational approach in the classroom, librarians can address their own predetermined objectives and also respond to unanticipated questions and concerns as they emerge. Lesson plans and learning outcomes are valuable components of information literacy instruction and assessment; however, they need not imply a rigid approach to teaching. Recent scholarship suggests that using techniques from improvisational theater engages students in their learning and facilitates a responsive and collaborative learning environment. Guided by experienced improvisational actors, participants in this workshop will learn principles of improvisation in a fun and lively setting, and explore ways to apply them to their teaching.
Stamatoplos, Anthony and Trout, Edward, "Librarians as Improvisers: An Improvisational Approach to Teaching Information Literacy" (2012). LOEX Conference Proceedings 2010. Paper 33.