Monday, April 20, 2015

One-Shot LibGuide

Updating the one-shot classes we teach for library instruction is a little nerve-wracking. This is only my second semester as the Reference & Instruction Librarian. For the last few years, the instruction classes have been given in the same way - lecture-style, using a worksheet as a way for students to follow along and pay attention. It's not too bad, but we have access to some amazing technology in our learning lab, so I want to incorporate it as much as possible.

So, as a way to get technology going, I am using a LibGuide to guide us through the entire interaction, so students can easily follow along. I've set it up here: Library 101 (ignore the fact that the tour is not actually a tour of our library).

My hope is that with this LibGuide searching as the students' "worksheet," they will be able to click around and follow along as we talk about library use.

In the past, the thought of giving students a computer has been avoided simply for the distraction it can cause. ("Wait, we weren't supposed to be browsing Pinterest and Facebook during class?") The good news, though, is that in the learning lab I'll be using, all the computers are connected to a central system. And I can choose to show any computer on the main screen at any time, without the user's permission. So, I can make it very clear at the beginning of class that if you are browsing a site you shouldn't be, you should be prepared for the entire class to know when I launch it on the main screen.

Additionally, the room setup allows me to watch what students are doing more easily. See my terrible MS Paint diagram below:
I've set up my laptop and Dell tablet with Chrome Remote Desktop, so that I as I teach the class, I can wander around and control the action in my hands without being tethered to the cable-connected teaching computer. The podium in the center of the class gives a nice 360˚ view of the room. The images project on three walls (the south wall in the drawing is the only one without a projector), so no matter which way I turn, I can see what the students are seeing, without being in the way. 

It's really a dream room as far as presentations and classes go. I'm hoping to one day set up some contests and races during the class and teach it in more of a "flipped" style.  But for now, I am sticking to very basic changes, so that we can see what works a little bit at a time. 

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