Can peers be more influential than you? A ‘flipping great approach to teaching web evaluation - Zoe Young.

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Can peers be more influential than you? A ‘flipping great approach to teaching web evaluation - Zoe Young.

  1. 1. Can peers be more influential than you? A ‘flipping great approach to teaching web evaluation Zoe Young, Cardiff University, YoungZ@cardiff.ac.uk We have had an information literacy presence on the Cardiff University Mpharm course for many years. Part of these information literacy sessions for the first year pharmacy students aim to develop students’ referencing and critical thinking. In past years we have done exercises in class and they have appeared to understand the concept of evaluating websites but then their group assignment has not reflected this, with many groups having poor marks for the quality of the materials used. After evaluating the content and approach with lecturing staff we decided to make one of our sessions more interactive by combining several techniques. Before this session, they had an induction lecture and a critical writing workshop. After the session, they had two lectures on information mastery taught by an academic and one interactive lecture on citing and referencing. For the group workshops, we used flipped classroom (part of which involved students having to submit websites before the session), peer to peer learning, discussion and group teaching to get them involved with critical appraisal of web materials. Our preliminary observations were that these techniques encouraged critical thinking with the students and the feedback was positive. The details of what we did and how the students reacted to it will be shared at the TeachMeet. We are confident that after this years’ sessions we will see an improvement in the quality of the materials used and therefore higher marks. We are directly involved with the marking and so have access to previous years scores to enable comparison. This assignment does contribute to their overall module mark. I will give an account of the approaches used, report on the impact on students’ marks and reflect on how this new and dynamic approach enhanced the learning experience of the students’.

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