Jammin with Jamboard – Engaging and Collaborating in the Online Learning Environment

Poster Description: In this video poster, two librarians reflect on their use of Google’s Jamboard in the classroom for the purposes of promoting student engagement, collaboration, and learning in line with the Research as Inquiry frame of the ACRL Framework. Additionally, they provide practical tips for implementation and areas for future experimentation.

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Presenter Name(s): Jason Wardell, University of Dayton and Hector Escobar, University of Dayton

Presenter Bio(s): Jason Wardell is the Health and Life Sciences Librarian at the University of Dayton. As lead for instructional design on the library’s Instruction Team, he helps to develop online content for the synchronous or asynchronous classroom. Contact him at jwardell1@udayton.edu or @jasonhwardell on Twitter.

Hector Escobar is Director of Education & Information Delivery at the University of Dayton. In his role he oversees the public service operations of the library including access services, research and instruction.

12 replies on “Jammin with Jamboard – Engaging and Collaborating in the Online Learning Environment”

Jason and Hector, great format for your virtual poster! I’ve used the mind mapping tool called Popplet in the past in my instruction; do you think there are pros to using Jamboard over Popplet? It seems like you’re primarily using this tool in synchronous sessions with students; have you tried using it asynchronously?

Hi, Matt! Thank you for watching. I haven’t used Popplet before, but I just checked it out and it seems like a really fantastic tool, especially for the mind mapping use case. At a glance, it seems to be a little more fully-featured than Jamboard, but I could see Jamboard being preferable for a free-form whiteboarding exercise where relational aspects aren’t important, or if the price/number of available free Popplet boards per user becomes an issue.

I have not personally hosted an asynchronous Jamboard, but I know at our institution, we’ve used it in pre-meeting environments, where people were asked to contribute to the board ahead of time and view the other submissions before the scheduled synchronous meeting. I could see this working in an asynchronous classroom where the students could contribute to the jamboard in their own time and check back on it periodically, much like they would for a discussion board-style exercise.

Thank you for sharing! Finally, something that looks easy to use, part of what the school provides access to already, and I think I can easily train my fellow librarians how to use it. I’m charged with restarting instruction. How has the training gone with faculty, staff and transferring this set up to another librarian gone? The youtube video was helpful!

Hi, Nancy! Thank you for watching! Training up faculty and staff has been a breeze. A colleague introduced it during a “Tech Tools” session to library faculty and staff, and many started experimenting with it right away. The simplicity of sharing Jamboards makes it easy to build off of something a peer may have done.

Plus, you can do the training within Jamboard itself! Being able to hop in and play around with it during a training takes away a lot of the intimidation factor in adopting a new technology, and once your fellow librarians see how quickly they can add this interactive component to their existing instruction sessions, they tend to get on board VERY quickly.

Hi Jason and Hector! Great and well-presented idea! How long do students have access to their Jamboard after the session? In the poster, you mention the limitations on participants and slides; are there any limitations on the amount of Jamboards? Final question- can you elaborate more on how Jamboards are used in pre-meeting situations? Has it been adopted by other campus departments beyond the library?

Hi Ruth,

Thanks for your questions. Students have access as long as whoever the owner of the Jamboard allows. Usually this is shared via a LibGuide or a link in a CMS. So generally, as long as the student is in the class. As far as I know, there are no limits to the amount of Jamboards you can have. They are considered much like files you’d have in Google Docs. For pre-meeting, we might send the link out to the instructor and ask that they share with the class before we host an instruction session. It saves a few minutes during class time. However since it is easy to use, we often use it during the class. As far as other departments, yes….we are seeing used by a few university committees to help in brainstorming and providing ideas/opinions back to committees. Thanks again for your questions and comments.

Thank you for your poster! I was introduced to Jamboard last year and am loving its capabilities. I appreciated seeing it used in the library world. A bit of a side topic question, but how did you create your bitmojis? I downloaded the app and made my own via mobile, but how do you create its web equivalent?

Hi Sila,

Thanks for your reply. I know some of librarians used the mobile app. Some others used the Chrome extension to create as well. The Chrome extension allows you to add to certain items like Gmail and other applications. I think I used the mobile app to create then emailed it to a file on my laptop and saved a copy in Google Docs so I can use for other purposes.