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ERIC Number: EJ799858
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1528-5324
Interactivity in Library Presentations Using a Personal Response System
Corcos, Evelyne; Monty, Vivienne
EDUCAUSE Quarterly, v31 n2 p53-60 2008
To introduce students to library research skills, university faculty often encourage them to attend hour-long presentations offered by the library. This face-to-face introduction to research skills can be disappointing, however, if students do not participate during the session. This article reports on a study that focused on improving student participation by increasing the level of interactivity within each library session. A personal response system (PRS)--a wireless technology that equips students with clickers to react to questions posed by the librarian--was introduced to increase students' interactivity, attentiveness, and participation. In this study, participants attended either a traditional library skills presentation or one modified to incorporate the PRS. During each session, participants completed a questionnaire created to evaluate various aspects of the presentation. Although both presentations included the same research skills content, offered by the same librarian/instructor, the students using PRS found the session more enjoyable. In addition, the PRS group ranked the session as better organized and presented, a conclusion supported by their open-ended feedback. (Contains 2 figures, 4 tables and 24 endnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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