Using Google Jamboards to Assess Student Affect in Virtual Information Literacy Sessions

Poster Description: To better understand how students feel about the research process before and after a virtual information literacy session, I piloted the use of pre and post assessment using Google Jamboards.

Poster: View on YouTube.

Presenter Name: Jessica Bennett, Missouri State University

Presenter Bio: Jessica is the E Learning Librarian at Missouri State University. She loves helping distance and online students connect with the library, and succeed in their research endeavors. Outside of the library she practices yoga, loves to read, and fosters baby kittens through her local humane society. Jessica can be reached at

6 replies on “Using Google Jamboards to Assess Student Affect in Virtual Information Literacy Sessions”

Thanks for sharing, Jessica. I’d be curious to see how undergraduates would answer these questions too. It seems like Google Jamboard is similar to Padlet. Would you agree? I’ve used Padlet for students to post their boolean search phrases and one article they find during the session in the past. It seems an effective way to encourage student participation in the session. Does Google Jamboard have the ability to embed files, videos, etc. or is it just sticky notes and text boxes?

Hi Bree, I believe it is very similar to Padlet from what I’ve heard. Jamboards do not have the ability to embed files or videos, but you can upload images. I would also like to see the response/engagement with undergraduate classes. We have determined we won’t be using Jamboards for our more ‘formal’ student assessment beginning in the fall, though I do still plan to use it in more informal settings. Like workshops or research consults.

Thanks for this, Jessica! I think it’s a useful thing to think about in an online class, specifically–the real time and group nature of jamboard offers a way for students to feel like they’re part of a larger group working towards something!

Hi Abby! Yes! It really added a feeling of connectedness, and the sense that no one was alone with their confusion or questions. At this time I will just be using Jamboards informally in online courses, we couldn’t devise a way to use it effectively in face to face sessions.

Thanks for this info, Jessica. Definitely something to try.

What would you think of sharing the pre-Jam before the actual synchronous session, say a day or two before?

Hi Chris,
I think that would be worth a try, if you either had the students email addresses, or the cooperation of the instructor (they send it out). Because these are our ‘one shot’ sessions, we do not have the students contact information. I would want to show the students pre responses either way, to help build community, and the sense that they are not the only ones with questions/concerns.

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