Currently as part of our Information and Digital Literacy workshop programme we deliver two webinars. One is on Preventing Plagiarism and Reference Management and the other Discovering Information: A Masterclass. We deliver these webinars in a pair so one can present and the other can answer any questions in the chat box. We use Blackboard Collaborate for the webinars and find it works well and we only need to send a weblink to participants for them to join.
These webinars build on the face to face workshops we deliver however we have adapted some of the activities. For example making card matching activities on discovery tools into an embedded quiz and worksheets into online forms. We have kept some elements the same such as demonstrations of databases and a Kahoot! Quiz on referencing.
As the method of delivery is relatively new (to us!) following each webinar we note down reflections on how it has gone and make changes and updates. I’ve really enjoyed delivering in this format as it offers flexibility to the student and a one to one element with the online chat. The technology is also fairly simple to use for both student and facilitator.
Feedback from the webinars has been positive
“ This is the first webinar (of any sort) that I’ve attended and I found the session easy to follow and there was a mix of activities despite it being online. The break was also well-timed. Thanks very much!”
“I enjoyed the interactive aspects of the session. Especially Kahoot! Thanks.”
We hope these workshops increase engagement from our distance learning students and students who may prefer a webinar for whatever reason. Do you use webinars within your setting? Please comment below with your experience.
Content from Kate Grigsby, Senior Library Skills Advisor.