Distance studentsAthletes who are required to attend study halls elsewhere on campusStudents who are already burdened with multiple technologies and websites for class managementSamford students are above average on campus and civic engagement, leading to conflict with some library reference hours.
At first, I created a basic widget code set and created a LibGuide showing faculty how to add this to their Moodle course pages. Through experience, we found this wasn’t very successful. However, instructors can add me as Course Designer, allowing me to make aesthetic changes but not have access to students’ academic information. Thus, I can do any customizing and embedding they request. Once Stephanie routes the request for Moodle embedding to me, I contact the professor for details to decide what customizations are appropriate.
Once we saw the potential, we brainstormed:On our link resolver landing pageIn the EBSCO Discovery Search results pageOther Springshare content that could be similarly customized and embedded in MoodleWe’re still working on this one, because Springshare keeps rolling out more options!
The Tipping Point: SpringyCamp November 2012
THE TIPPING POINT:INCREASING LIBRARYSERVICEUSAGE AMONG STUDENTSWITH SPRINGSHARE WIDGETSMARLIESE THOMAS,USER ENGAGEMENT LIBRARIANSAMFORD UNIVERSITY@MSTHOMAS
WHAT’S THE POINT?Seek to increase instruction impact • Quantity of requests from upperclassmen and subject-specific classes • Quality and impact of instruction sessions with Core Curriculum studentsStrive to provide a higher level of service • Some faculty using Moodle heavily • Non-traditional students not on campus or schedules make library visits inconvenient
POINT OF NEEDDistance studentsAthletes who are required to attend study halls elsewhere on campusStudents burning out on tech overload
POINT OF CONTACTPut chat widgets EVERYWHERE! Ask Us! LibGuides Moodle …and it continues.
Embed in our link resolver landing page – Springshare reformatted script for us Also embedded in our EBSCO Discovery Service Results List
POINT OF PRIDE Faculty love the idea… once they understand what it is Section Designer is the way to go Extra benefit of staying part of the class communication system (true embedding) We can track usage through LibChat’s Stats referrer links
LibChat From 1 June – 7 November, 2012 104 from LibAnswers (Ask Us!) 38 from LibGuides 13 from Link Resolver page or EDS 2 from Moodle
WE’VE ONLY HAD SIX MONTHS…You never know what might happen next!Thanks!Marliese Thomasmsthomas@samford.edu