Teaching and Learning Together: Collaborative Presentations

Poster Description: Learn how creating collaborative presentations for in-person and virtual courses can increase student comfort and accessibility to information literacy sessions. This poster will include actionable goals and resources for attendees.

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Presenter Name: Christine Elliott, University of Massachusetts Boston

Presenter Bio: Christine Elliott is a Reference and Instruction Librarian at UMass Boston. Her pronouns are she/her. She has published and presented on various topics such as universal accessibility, innovative technologies, information literacy instruction, student employee development, and OERs. She loves to cross-stitch and watch horror movies. Email: christine.elliott@umb.edu

10 replies on “Teaching and Learning Together: Collaborative Presentations”

Thanks for sharing your work, Christine! Any ideas on options for asynchronous polling etc. similar to Slido?

Thank you for your question, Melissa! For asynchronous activities, I recommend something like Google/Microsoft forms. I used Google Forms to create digital escape rooms that can be used as an activity during and outside of instruction. For an example, here is one that I created for UMass Boston. https://forms.gle/jfF68cJe21u1dWWx8

Instead of embedding it into the slides, you would just link your students to the activity and you can build a button near the end of the activity to return to the presentations.

Thanks, Christine and I appreciate that example it’s a great way to use Google Forms. I’ll take a closer look at it. We are a Microsoft campus, but I much prefer the Google tools.

Thanks so much for this presentation. I can definitely see applications for allowing the in-presentation collaboration on specific slides. I have done something similar with Google Docs, but having them modify the actual presentation slides and then being able to go over examples that way is much more integrated and less clunky than going back and forth between documents.

I’m also inspired to look at Slido. I’ve always used PollEverywhere, but it looks like maybe Slido is even easier to integrate. If you have used PollEverywhere, what would you say are the benefits to switching to Slido?

Thanks for sharing!

Thank you so much for your comments, Julie! I have to say that the biggest benefit of Slido is that it’s already integrated into Google Slides. Poll everywhere might have the same integration (add-on), but I find Slido to be much more user-friendly. I also like that Slido allows you to create diverse activities (I can switch from a 5 question quiz to an open-submission word cloud as students share their topics or brainstorm keywords).

Slido also automatically copies to new Google Slides files (I often make copies of my presentations and tailor them to the next class), which saves me time. I feel that the free-version of Slido is very robust and it’s a huge favorite of mine 🙂

Thank you for sharing how you’ve met the need for hybrid learning. I find it interesting that the students at the smaller school were less receptive to remote library services. I found the same to be true at our small university. We only had a couple students use chat during COVID and our emergency remote teaching/closure. I only offered Zoom instruction and asynchronous learning objects at the height of COVID, but again students (and faculty) were less excited about it. We are back to face to face and everyone seems to appreciate it. The one asynchronous learning object I’ve found that faculty have appreciated are online tutorials (that we created through LibWizard that cover plagiarism prevention or citation styles). In addition to information literacy sessions, have you offered any online learning objects that students or faculty have reacted particularly positively to (at small or large institutions)?

Great question, Bree (and thank you for your comments)!

At UMass Boston, we incorporate Credo Information Literacy Modules in with our instruction offerings. Instructors have the option to assign the modules as a pre-instruction activity or use them as the only information literacy tool offered in the class. Faculty here are very impressed by the tutorials (which is great since we are currently understaffed in our department and unable to create our own tutorials).

I have also used Google Forms at UMass Boston and Juniata for creating digital escape rooms which have been well received.

Would you be willing to share a link to one of your digital escape rooms? I’d love to see an example if you are willing to share!

I had not heard of Slido and am so glad to know about it now. Thank you for sharing all this great info. Many of our instructors use Libguides as their main instruction tool. On your poster, you mentioned that these presentations, etc. are easily integrated into Libguides. Can you share any examples of how you have done this successfully in the context of lesson delivery/flow? Thanks again – such a well done poster.

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