Novices and Experts

laptop, papers, flowers, cup, and smart phone

This semester I’m taking an online course.  As I learn content, I’m learning once more to see things from the student’s perspective.   An expert in one field can be a novice in another, so we can take opportunities to be a novice.

On the flipside novices in one realm can be experts in another (Foasberg, 2015, p. 711).  How can we learn from the life experiences our students bring to our classes?  After all, life experience is a form of authority (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016, p. 12).



Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Chicago, IL: Author.

Foasberg, N. M. (2015). From standards to frameworks for IL: How the ACRL Framework addresses critiques of the Standards. Portal: Libraries and the Academy, 15(4), 699–717.


Image Credit: rawpixel, retrieved from

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *