L ib r a r y




Taking the plunge:
creating a question pool
in a Blackboard VLE
Karen Drury
University of Reading Library...
Topics

•   Objectives of project
•   Background to project
•   How it was created
•   Outcomes of the pilot project




 ...
Objectives
• Create a pool of 100 questions
• Make easily available to academic staff for
  adoption into their own Blackb...
Background to project
• Acquired Blackboard Academic Suite – included
  content system
• Library included in pilot group g...
Project team
• 6 Liaison Librarians
• Help from ITS, Centre for Development of Teaching &
  Learning (CDoTL), Study Adviso...
Project
• Existing questions
   – Identified and put in project ‘course’ on Bb
   – Questions grouped by topic into pools
...
Sections of the pool
•   Using the Library - borrowing, opening hours, contacts, library news,
    facilities and services...
Sample question from E-
         resources
Multiple Answer (1 point)
See the ‘Guide to searching databases’ on the Library...
Pools – finding questions
• Search
   – Topic eg opening hours, Boolean
   – Subject eg Geography, English
   – Level eg I...
Additional tasks:
•   Instructions
•   Glossary
•   Discussion list
•   Tracking
•   Feedback form
•   Website
    www.rea...
Outcomes
• Negative               • Positive
  – Take up low            – Stock of questions
  – Technical barrier?       ...
Further information
• Karen Drury k.e.drury@reading.ac.uk
• Helen Hathaway, Information Skills Coordinator
  h.m.hathaway@...
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Taking the Plunge: creating a question pool in a Blackboard VLA

  1. 1. L ib r a r y Taking the plunge: creating a question pool in a Blackboard VLE Karen Drury University of Reading Library 17 July 2009 © University of Reading 2007 w w w . r e a d in g . a c . u k / lib r a r
  2. 2. Topics • Objectives of project • Background to project • How it was created • Outcomes of the pilot project 2
  3. 3. Objectives • Create a pool of 100 questions • Make easily available to academic staff for adoption into their own Blackboard courses • Save academic staff time in skills assessment • Maintain & disseminate consistent & up-to-date information about library resources and services 3
  4. 4. Background to project • Acquired Blackboard Academic Suite – included content system • Library included in pilot group given access to content system • CyberLibrary • Liaison librarians creating quizzes on Blackboard for particular modules • Opportunity to test out the content system in a pilot project • University Teaching & Learning Fund bid successful 4
  5. 5. Project team • 6 Liaison Librarians • Help from ITS, Centre for Development of Teaching & Learning (CDoTL), Study Advisors, Academic staff 5
  6. 6. Project • Existing questions – Identified and put in project ‘course’ on Bb – Questions grouped by topic into pools – Questions tagged by topic, subject and level • New questions – Gaps identified and extra questions added 6
  7. 7. Sections of the pool • Using the Library - borrowing, opening hours, contacts, library news, facilities and services eg photocopying and IT • Finding Information - finding books and journals on Unicorn, finding subject resources including books, and getting help • E-resources - e-journals, databases, searching techniques, Internet searching • Special Collections - archives and rare books • Libraries beyond UoR - inter-library loans and using other libraries • Study Skills - evaluating resources, referencing, plagiarism, and copyright 7
  8. 8. Sample question from E- resources Multiple Answer (1 point) See the ‘Guide to searching databases’ on the Library Finding and using information webpages for an explanation of truncation, wildcards and other tips and tricks. Typing morphologi* into a database will find which of the following words?  morphological morphology  morphologism  morphologist Correct Feedback Correct - but have you noted that potentially you are cutting out an important word, ‘morphology’? Incorrect Feedback Check exactly where you have placed the truncation symbol 8
  9. 9. Pools – finding questions • Search – Topic eg opening hours, Boolean – Subject eg Geography, English – Level eg Introductory, Advanced • Browse 9
  10. 10. Additional tasks: • Instructions • Glossary • Discussion list • Tracking • Feedback form • Website www.reading.ac.uk/library/contact/info-for/staff/blackboard/lib-question- • Link on Blackboard ‘My notices’ tab • Staff Development Hour for Library staff • Promotion at Teaching & Learning Conference 10
  11. 11. Outcomes • Negative • Positive – Take up low – Stock of questions – Technical barrier? available for use – Awkward to update – Staff developed skills – Demonstrated use of content system – Communication between Library & CDoTL, ITS etc – Raised profile of Library re. Blackboard matters – Feedback good 11
  12. 12. Further information • Karen Drury k.e.drury@reading.ac.uk • Helen Hathaway, Information Skills Coordinator h.m.hathaway@reading.ac.uk • www.reading.ac.uk/library/contact/info-for/staff/blackboard/l 12

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