“Winning the War” for Visual Literacy: Using Padlet for Primary Source Instruction

Poster Description: Working with students in person as they engage with historic materials is a bedrock of primary source instruction. When COVID-19 pushed classes online, that experience was removed. Special Collections Librarians at UNCG devised an exercise using World War I recruiting posters and Padlet to overcome the virtual distance.

Poster: Click to view the Padlet used. Click to view other resources used for the instruction: Library of Congress (LOC) digitized posters, LOC collections, and Digital Library of America.

Presenter Names: Beth Ann Koelsch, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Kathelene McCarty Smith, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Presenter Bios: Beth Ann Koelsch has been the curator of the Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP) at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2008. The WVHP collects oral histories and other materials that document the contributions of women in the U.S. military and the American Red Cross. Email: bakoelsc@uncg.edu

Kathelene McCarty Smith is the Interim Head of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Smith’s responsibilities include instructional outreach and the curation of archival collections with which she engages students, faculty, and the community. Email: kmsmi24@uncg.edu.

4 replies on ““Winning the War” for Visual Literacy: Using Padlet for Primary Source Instruction”

Thanks for including the link to the Padlet, Beth Ann and Kathelene! I love Padlet and appreciate learning about this new way to use it. I noticed that all the responses to the post were anonymous – have you had any issues with anonymous posters to Padlets?

Hello! The responses were actually not anonymous, but we edited them for the poster for student privacy concerns. During the class the first question was for their name.

What a great use of Padlet and has reminded me of how effective it can be for visual literacy instruction. What topics are covered in instruction before (or after) you ask students to contribute their responses to the Padlet site?

Hello! Thank you for your kind words. Before the Padlet exercise, we gave an overview of primary sources, archives, and primary source analysis and research. Before the padlet exercise, we has a discussion with the kinds of materials that could be used as primary sources for research about the Lusitania. Then we walked through the exercise by analyzing posters ourselves before we asked them to do the Padlet excercise.

General overview of effectivenss of recruitment posters.

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