FSU Librarian Champions Bronco Star Program

Access services librarian Velappan Velappan was an early champion of the Bronco Star program at Fayetteville State University.   He saw immediately how he could assist Bronco Star students, and he welcomed the opportunity to join a Faculty Learning Community on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

His particular niche seemed to be using the Camtasia software available through the program to create mini videos to instruct students in discreet tasks. These include: How to Find Books including E-Books by using Online Catalog, How to Find Scholarly and Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles by Using Different Online Databases, How to Use Journal Finder to Find Journal Articles, How to Request Materials through Inter-Library Loan, How to Place a Hold, and How to Access Electronic Course Reserves.

“Students love the videos,” Velappan said, “because they don’t need to come to the library to get assistance. They can watch and hear at a time that is convenient for them.”

Like many instructional changes made in the spirit of UDL, Velappan’s short videos benefit all types of students, not just those enrolled in the Bronco Star program. They are available to students on a You Tube channel. He has also begun showing them during the course “How to Do Research Using Library Resources.”

“Power Point slides are getting old,” he said, “and I have found that the students pay much more attention when you can break it up with short, step-by-step videos.”

As an active member of a faculty learning community, Velappan has helped several faculty members and created a LibGuides for “Library 101 for Bronco STAR UDL Program”, Dr. Philip Senter’s courses in zoology and Dr. Shubo Han’s courses in chemistry. He has also assisted them with capturing lecture info. Velappan expects to be even more involved with more faculty members during the 2016-2017 school year.

One of his goals for the upcoming year is to increase the number of library videos and improve the quality of the audio by using a microphone and head set rather than relying on the laptop microphone.

Dr. Emily Lenning, director of the faculty component of the Bronco Star program, said Velappan is just one of many staff and faculty members who have been identified as Champions of the Bronco Star program.    When the program was first launched, she actively recruited individuals in the various campus areas and departments where Bronco Star participants could possibly get support. Their numbers have multiplied, and they have been instrumental in the success of the program at Fayetteville State.

“From the beginning, these individuals have given us incredible support,” Lenning said, “and the program has a solid foundation because of their active involvement.”