This is a guest post from Louise So, Fitness & Wellness Faculty and Personal Trainer Program Director.

GCC has so many experts!  I was fortunate to find a rockstar!

I discovered a person who could share her incredible expertise and help my students develop a skill necessary for a reputable Fitness Professional.

In my EXS 101 class, one of the requirements is to understand the research process. In the face-to-face sections of this course, the students go on a field trip to the library where they are guided through the vast bookshelves and databases.

In the section of EXS101 that I teach is online, I don’t have the luxury of a library visit. Initially, as I was developing my online class, I did my best to explain the research process using Softchalk lessons and interactive assignments.

The students who were already familiar with how to navigate library databases always did well, but the newbies were simply overwhelmed.

I just felt that if I could tap into the skills of an expert, my students would be way better off.

Enter Michelle Petry, GCC Librarian.

When I first met Michelle, I was immediately intrigued by her knack for communication and imparting knowledge.  I told her about my dilemma and asked her if she would be willing to record two short lessons to assist our students.

She not only agreed without hesitation, she immediately got to work and produced two fantastic video tutorials, specifically for Exercise Science and Personal Training Students.

I am so grateful for our library staff, and incredibly thankful that Michelle was so eager to share her talents!

When sharing these, Michelle said, “I hope these tutorials will be helpful to your students. I also hope they will not hesitate to ask us for help! I know how frustrating the research process can be for students.”

Students who used the tutorials said, “The video tutorial was so helpful. It made a potentially daunting task quite simple and gave me the confidence that I could use those skills in the future. I am so glad you provided the video on how to find the right database. I was able to find my article right away!”

Take a look for yourself and click to watch the two tutorials below:

Thank you Michelle!

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