Schneider - From e-learning to e-teaching: using real-time online support to maximise our reach.
From e-learning to e-teaching: using real-time online support tomaximise our reachMichelle Schneider, University of Leeds, email@example.comProviding e-learning resources can be an efficient way to reach a large and diverseaudience as an alternative or supplement to face-to-face teaching. However, this isoften a passive experience, failing to offer users an opportunity to truly participate andinteract within the session. Using an online webinar tool to deliver real-time teachingsessions could provide a solution. This presentation will discuss the experience ofproviding EndNote webinars to support researchers at the University of Leeds.The University of Leeds has a large research community with approximately 2250PhD students (Student Records and Admissions 2011), as well as a significant numberof research staff. Many of these researchers use the reference management softwareEndNote. Leeds University Library offers six introductory EndNote workshops peryear which any student or member of staff can book onto, as well as running EndNoteworkshops in faculties. In addition, the Library provides comprehensive onlineEndNote support including webpages and an online tutorial. Despite this, theworkshops are always oversubscribed, and off-campus researchers can’t always attendthe workshops or make an enquiry in person.To overcome these issues, the Skills@Library team at the University of Leeds havepiloted delivering online EndNote webinars. This allows students who are unable toattend face-to-face workshops an opportunity to participate in a personal teachingexperience, in addition the team have trialled offering a follow-up online EndNotetrouble-shooting drop-in.This TeachMeet presentation will give an overview of how the EndNote webinarswere set up and facilitated. The presenter will share her experience of running thistype of session, particularly the advantages and potential pitfalls. The feedbackgathered from the participants will be shared. Information about how the Libraryintends to use this software to deliver further teaching will also be discussed.Furthermore, the presenter will briefly explore the potential of using this software tocollaborate with other institutions to provide teaching to a wider research community.ReferencesStudent Records and Admissions (2011). Email to Michelle Schneider, 11 October2011.