Tools/OneSearch Track Recap

  • Using Google Docs and WordPress for Communication and Instruction
    Sarah Johnson and Mason Brown, Hunter College

HANDOUT for Using Google Docs and WordPress for Communication and Instruction
WordPress site: https://hunterlibrary100.wordpress.com/

Recap by Julie Turley:
Takeaway: Both WordPress and Google Docs provide benefits that Blackboard cannot for course management, including more visually inviting interface, personalization, real time feedback, time stamps, more content control and smaller learning curves.

  • Encouraging Student Engagement in the Library Classroom with PollEverywhere
    Emma Antobam-Ntekudzi, Bronx Community College

SLIDES for Encouraging Student Engagement in the Library Classroom with PollEverywhere

Recap by Julie Turley:
Takeaway: Poll Everywhere is great for on the spot, low stakes assessment during library instruction sessions. It’s also helpful for brainstorming topics as a class and for “ice breakers.” There is a free higher ed version.

Recap by Mariana Regalado:
Emma presented an app that she used as low stakes assessment and to keep students engaged during 1-shots. Poll Everywhere allows instructors to run quick polls with students using either desktop computers or students’ own devices (i.e. smartphones).  Emma suggested that the polls are most useful when paired with an activity, either before or after. Results appear on the screen as lists, clusters, word clouds, etc. and they can be used to spark class discussion.  One example Emma showed was using Poll Everywhere to have students submit keywords during a class brainstorming session—as students see the terms appear they get excited about contributing their own or “voting” for good terms.  As well, polls can be used as surveys.  Emma uses the free version, but there is also a premium version.

https://www.polleverywhere.com/

  • Not teaching OneSearch is No Longer an Option
    Marta Bladek and Maureen Richards, John Jay College

Recap by Julie Turley:
Takeaway: With library homepage changes, OneSearch usage is rising. Whether or not librarians are teaching it, students are using it. Upsides to Onesearch instruction: One shots don’t allow time for book searches. Only EBRARY is found thru OneSearch. OneSearch is also great for brainstorming a topic: “If you’re naked and you don’t know what to wear you go to OneSearch.” OneSearch is also a great database from which to teach filters. For senior level courses, however, take students to the specialized databases

  • Using OneSearch: Librarians Need to Stop Worrying, Our Students Like It
    Anne O’Reilly, LaGuardia Community College

SLIDES for Using OneSearch: Librarians Need to Stop Worrying, Our Students Like It