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

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Using technology to engage students in information literacyAntonella Yarnold and Catherine RadbourneSubject Librarians at City University London


City University LondonLocated in central LondonFocus is on Business and professional courses, i.e. Law and HealthAlso courses on Psychology, Journalism.Cass Business SchoolSchool of Arts and Social SciencesSchool of Health SciencesSchool of Mathematics, Computer Science & EngineeringThe City Law School


Our students


Part-time or full-time?

Student typeFull-timebut on placement 4 days a weekFull-timeBut doing course online students are based in the USA, or Canada, or Australia, or Dubai, or Greece, or the NetherlandsFull-timebut only at City University 4 days a year per moduleFull-timebut students based in a foreign country and City lecturers go out to teach



Library support for staff and students

Library inductionsLibrary workshopsEnquiries at the Library Help desksRoving 1-2-1 LibchatLibanswersLibguides


Supporting Distance Learners


Skype and FacetimeNeed help but cannot come to the library What do you need?PC / mobile device with free Skype software installedSkype account Internet connectionMicrophoneWebcamHeadphones


Adobe Connect

Can be used for 1-2-1 or group webinarsUsers can take control of each others screens (with permission)Can be slightly problematic for users joining the session (running audio/video setup).


Lecture Capture

Lecturers 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.


Classroom interaction


Clickers why use them?

Encourage students participationImmediate feedbackStudents like the novelty


ClickersHave to carry all the clickers with you Time consuming to distribute and collect clickersNot all the handsets may workProblems with receivers / version of the software on pods


Poll Everywhere


Poll Everywhere at City Easy to useShare URL with studentsStudents can log on with any device using wifiExplain how it worksImmediate feedback


Poll Everywhere is used to check understanding in literature searching sessionsUsed to gather feedback on different search engines for comparing and contrasting where to search for different types of informationStudents like the novelty but also the immediacy of seeing their (anonymous) comments on screen.How we use Poll Everywhere at City


What can you do with the free version?


KahootFree game based learning platformCreate an account at your own quiz:you can choose to award points for correct answersdecide how much time to leave for responsesimport images add questions Publish the quiz


Ready to play Kahoot?Go to kahoot.itProvide the PIN to join the gameStart playingStudents can play individually or in small teams


Adobe Presenter

Has a great variety of question typesVery customisableEasily accessible after publishing Can be temperamental in the creation phaseThis is how we have used it


ThingLinkCreate 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 linksIts free and easy to use


ThingLink getting started

Go to Create an account Upload an imageTag itShare it


ThingLink at City University


LibWizard from Springshare


Training for library staffKeeping up-to-date with all the new software is not always easyUsually a member of library staff trials the productlearns how to use it firstcascades to other members of the team delivers training sessions during the summer months presents at staff development group meetings


Antonella Yarnold Subject Librarian (Social Sciences)

Catherine RadbourneSubject Librarian (Health)



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