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Using technology to engage students in information literacy- Antonella Yarnold and Catherine Radbourne


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Presentation given to ALISS August 2016 summer conference on using technology at City University London.

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Using technology to engage students in information literacy- Antonella Yarnold and Catherine Radbourne

  1. 1. Using technology to engage students in information literacy Antonella Yarnold and Catherine Radbourne Subject Librarians at City University London
  2. 2. City University London • Located in central London • Focus is on Business and professional courses, i.e. Law and Health • Also courses on Psychology, Journalism…. – Cass Business School – School of Arts and Social Sciences – School of Health Sciences – School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering – The City Law School
  3. 3. Our students
  4. 4. Part-time or full-time? Student type Full-time but on placement 4 days a week Full-time But doing course online – students are based in the USA, or Canada, or Australia, or Dubai, or Greece, or the Netherlands… Full-time but only at City University 4 days a year per module Full-time but students based in a foreign country and City lecturers go out to teach
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  6. 6. Library support for staff and students • Library inductions • Library workshops • Enquiries at the Library Help desks • Roving • 1-2-1 • Libchat • Libanswers • Libguides
  7. 7. Supporting Distance Learners
  8. 8. Skype and Facetime • Need help but cannot come to the library • What do you need? – PC / mobile device with free Skype software installed – Skype account – Internet connection – Microphone – Webcam – Headphones
  9. 9. Adobe Connect • Can be used for 1-2-1 or group webinars • Users can take control of each other’s screens (with permission) • Can be slightly problematic for users joining the session (running audio/video setup).
  10. 10. Lecture Capture • Lecturer’s book rooms for us to present talks or workshops that can record our sessions for students to watch in their own time. • This helps to consolidate learning for those that attended the original session or is used by and for students not able to attend in person. • A workshop I presented on Doing a Literature Search for your Dissertation, for the Nursing students has been viewed 525 times in the last year.
  11. 11. Classroom interaction
  12. 12. Clickers – why use them? • Encourage students’ participation • Immediate feedback • Students like the novelty
  13. 13. Clickers • Have to carry all the clickers with you • Time consuming to distribute and collect clickers • Not all the handsets may work • Problems with receivers / version of the software on pods
  14. 14. Poll Everywhere
  15. 15. Poll Everywhere at City • Easy to use • Share URL with students • Students can log on with any device using wifi • Explain how it works • Immediate feedback
  16. 16. • Poll Everywhere is used to check understanding in literature searching sessions • Used to gather feedback on different search engines for comparing and contrasting where to search for different types of information • Students like the novelty but also the immediacy of seeing their (anonymous) comments on screen. How we use Poll Everywhere at City
  17. 17. What can you do with the free version?
  18. 18. Kahoot • Free game based learning platform • Create an account at • Create your own quiz: – you can choose to award points for correct answers – decide how much time to leave for responses – import images – add questions • Publish the quiz
  19. 19. Ready to play Kahoot? • Go to • Provide the PIN to join the game • Start playing • Students can play individually or in small teams
  20. 20. Adobe Presenter • Has a great variety of question types • Very customisable • Easily accessible after publishing • Can be temperamental in the creation phase • This is how we have used it
  21. 21. ThingLink • Create interactive videos and images for the web and social media. • Use the tagging platform to make your images come alive with videos, text, music, web links… • It’s free and easy to use
  22. 22. ThingLink – getting started • Go to • Create an account • Upload an image • Tag it • Share it
  23. 23. ThingLink at City University
  24. 24. LibWizard from Springshare
  25. 25. Training for library staff • Keeping up-to-date with all the new software is not always easy • Usually a member of library staff trials the product – learns how to use it first – cascades to other members of the team – delivers training sessions during the summer months – presents at staff development group meetings
  26. 26. Antonella Yarnold Subject Librarian (Social Sciences) Catherine Radbourne Subject Librarian (Health)