Brooks - Paper chains and octopuses (poster)

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Brooks - Paper chains and octopuses (poster)

  1. 1. Paper chains and octopuses: an activities-based information skills sessionThis session was delivered to second year occupationaltherapy students at Sheffield Hallam University. It usedactivities to reintroduce them to search skills and LearningCentre resources in an engaging and light-hearted way.constructidentifykey resources guides and databasesThe learning outcomes were that they should be able to:access subject"When teaching design starts from a foundation oflearning outcomes, it is easier to focus on how studentswill apply what they learn….and toincorporate active learning into courses andsessions." SCONUL 2004Tell me and Ill forget.Show me and Ill remember.Involve me and Ill understand.CHINESE PROVERBa search strategyIntroduction & Activity 1Learners fill in cards with contact details and aquestion they would like answered about LearningCentre resources.Activity 2: BingoIn pairs, learners write down one example of a type of informationthey could use for their next assignment in each of the foursquares of a bingo grid. The first to get a "full house" when theteacher calls examples yells BINGO and wins a prize.Sequence of activitiesActivity 3: Library resources advent calendar Activity 4: Octopus Activity 5: Search strategy paper chainConclusionQ&A (including those from Activity 1 if time).FeedbackReferencesLORENZEN, M. (2001). Active learning and library instruction. Illinois libraries, 83 (2), 19-24.APETTY, G. (2004). Active learning works. [online]. Last accessed 22 February 2013 at: http://www.geoffpetty.com/activelearning.htmlSCONUL (2004). Learning outcomes and information literacy. [online]. Last accessed 16 January 2013 at: http://www.sconul.ac.uk/WALSH, A. and INALA, P. (2010). Active learning techniques for librarians: practical examples. Oxford, Chandos.Introduction & Activity 1Learners fill in cards with contact details and aquestion they would like answered about LearningCentre resources.Activity 2: BingoIn pairs, learners write down one example of a type of informationthey could use for their next assignment in each of the foursquares of a bingo grid. The first to get a "full house" when theteacher calls examples yells BINGO and wins a prize.ConclusionQ&A (including those from Activity 1 if time).Feedback (learners filled in forms)Learners work in small groups to access and explore theSheffield Hallam Library Gateway, then place descriptivestickers behind the cut-out doors on a paper facsimile ,decorate it with glitter pens and stick stars on theresources they will find most useful for their assignment.Next they access information about the databases in theOccupational Therapy subject guide on the Library Gateway,then read the descriptions on the octopus tentacles and writethe names of the databases on the correct flags.AlzheimersORAlzheimers DiseaseANDelderlyORAgedUsing the thesaurus headings in an appropriatedatabase, learners create chains from colouredpaper strips representing a search strategy forthe topic:ALZHEIMERS AND THE ELDERLYCompleted chains should contain at least:2 concepts1 keyword + 1 database heading per concept2 ORs joining keyword and database heading1 AND joining 2 concepts, e.g.Useful resourcesEASTWOOD, L. et al. (2009). A toolkit for creativeteaching in post-compulsory education.Maidenhead, Open University Press.GINNIS, P. (2002). The teachers toolkit.Carmarthen, Crown House.WALSH, A. and INALA, P. (2010). Active learningtechniques for librarians: practical examples.Oxford, Chandos.For a Bingo game example & instructions please go tohttp://humbox.ac.uk/ and search for "FrenchRevolution Bingo".Interactivity in library sessions can help: learners practice and retain new skills librarians assess learning and give on-the-spot feedback make learning fun!WALSH AND INALA (2010)Feedback14/22 learners said they liked the activities.Feedback included comments such as:"[Keep doing] the activities because it makes itmore interesting and fun""Keep it fun and interactive""Fantastic, practical session"

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