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Information Literacy Online Instruction Resources

Resources for librarians teaching online: one-shots / information literacy instruction

Toolbox for Online Instruction Activities

Click on any of the tools to see what is available.


Application

Pros

Cons


Google Docs

  • Easy to share a link to the doc in a chat box.
  • Easy to copy-paste in text or images (example: formatted citations from databases.)
  • Auto-saves.
  • Easy for students to come back to, if they add it to their Google Drive.
  • Students can contribute to a single document.
  • Can be shared after session.
  • Up to 100 people can simultaneously edit a shared doc

Google Slides

  • Easy to see what students or teams are doing.
  • Provides space for a lot of text, if needed.
  • Many free templates available, such as slidesgo.com
  • Easy to duplicate slides so each student or team has one.
  • Grid view lets you see 6 slides at once.
  • Insert table option.
  • Not a good platform if you need to fit a lot of text on one slide.
  • Make sure permissions are set to give editor permissions to anyone with the link.
  • No free-style drawing.
  • Not so easy to share one page among different students or groups, unless you have a structure set up ahead of time – for example, an inserted chart with assigned sections.
  • Under Tools – Manage Add Ons there are a bunch of tools that can be added to your Google Docs. Be aware of what access you are giving to your Google Docs!

Google Sheets

Note: Make sure doc permissions are set to give editor permissions to anyone with the link.

  • Easy to assign a specific row, column, or section to a student or team.
  • Easy to see what students or teams are doing.
  • If set up right, it could be easy to sort the results and see themes or patterns across groups.
  • Does not maintain italics when you copy-paste a citation from a database.

Google Jamboard

This is Google’s whiteboard platform. It has built in tools: pen (weight and color options), eraser, selector, sticky note, add image, and laser.
  • Laser tool can be used to draw attention to something. It draws on the board, but the marks disappear in 2 or 3 seconds.
  • Can create multiple “frames” in one Jamboard file.
  • Could be great on a tablet or touch screen.
  • Easy to duplicate slides so each student or team has one.
  • Easy to add images from your computer or Google Images.
  • Can’t just type in text. Must add a sticky note to type.
  • Frustrating if you don’t like writing with a mouse.

Google Forms

This is Google’s whiteboard platform. It has built in tools: pen (weight and color options), eraser, selector, sticky note, add image, and laser.
  • Create polls ahead of time.
  • Results displayed in colorful charts.
  • Results can be downloaded: useful for end-of-session assessments!
  • Number of Seats: unlimited
  • If poll has more than one question, all the results will be displayed on one page.

Application

Pros

Cons


Zoom

Guide

  • Native to Zoom application.
  • Create polls ahead of time.
  • Can deploy polls individually or in groups.
  • Results can be downloaded: useful for end-of-session assessments!
  • Easy to deploy.
  • Number of Seats: set by number of participants in Zoom call.
  • Polls can only be created by host for a scheduled meeting.
  • Results displayed in simple bar chart.

Poll Everywhere

Website

Guide

  • Multiple types of questions: Ranking, multiple choice, and text answers.
  • Can use text or webpage options to answer questions.
  • Real time answers and updates.
  • Includes participant counter.
  • Number of Seats:limited to 40 seats.

Mentimeter

Website

Guide

  • Create polls ahead of time.
  • Students can use their own mobile devices and no app downloading needed. Provide the link to menti.com and the six (6) digit access code to the poll.
  • Students answer each question and results are immediately tabulated and displayed in colorful charts displayed by the instructor's computer.
  • Results can be downloaded: useful for end-of-session assessments!
  • Number of Seats: unlimited
  • Number of questions limited to 2 per presentation in the free version

Pingo

Website

  • Yes/No, multiple choice, and Numeric questions available.
  • Real time answers and updates.
  • Displays in charts / word clouds.
  • Can limit time to answer questions.
  • Single quiz can be used multiple times. .
  • App can be embedded in PowerPoint.
  • Questions can be accessed through QR codes.
  • Can create questions on the fly with Quick Start.
  • Number of Seats: unlimited.
  • Very robust but has a very steep learning curve.
  • Not a lot of technical help available.

Application

Pros

Cons


  • Quiz based games that users can answer on mobile devices or computers.
  • Can continue to share screen while students answer.
  • Immediate access to kahoot gameplay data.
  • Easy to deploy. User just need to go to kahoot.it and enter in unique pin number.
  • Can be a bit laggy over internet connections.
  • The quiz is scored and scores can be seen by all participants.

LibWizard

Website

  • Can be embedded into Research Guides.
  • Results can be downloaded and displayed.
  • Users can recieve results.
  • Springshare integration.
  • Question editor is not user-friendly.

Qualtrics

Website

  • Can apply display logic to you questions.
  • Results can be downloaded: useful for end-of-session assessments!
  • Results are not a viewable to the group.

Socrative

Website

Guide

  • In addition to quizzes, instructors can also deply "quick questions". Quick Question allows students to answer a multiple choice, true/false, or open-ended question in real-time.
  • Students do not need accounts.
  • Easy to download results for assessments.
  • Exit ticket is a quiz that is launched at the end of a lesson. It provides students an opportunity to demonstrate their mastery of content for the day, while ensuring teachers that objectives were met.
  • Space Race allows teachers to design a quiz so that either individual students or student teams can compete with another. As each student or team answers each quiz question, their chosen avatar moves ahead in the race.
  • Limit to class size of 50 with the free edition.

Formative

Website

Guide

  • Can see users respond and work out questions in real-time.
  • Can be embedded into websites.
  • Good for flipped assignments.
  • Assignments are tailored to individual use and lack opportunities for peer collaboration.

  • Flash-card style game show style competition.
  • Encourage your students to create flash card decks to share with the class.
  • Good for flipped assignments.
  • May require extra teacher supervision/moderation.

Application

Pros

Cons


Zoom

Guide

  • Native to Zoom application.
  • Easy to deploy.
  • Insert text, shapes, labeled arrows.
  • Able to cut & paste into whiteboard from ZOOM chat.
  • Might be difficult to use in large classes.
  • Have your co-host be in charge of whiteboard.

  • App is essentially a real time discussion board and collaborative pin board.
  • Free to use with no login required, by sharing link. But login allows for editing content.
  • Users can insert text, images, and videos into their "post-its."
  • Results can be exported as an image, PDF or CSV, or can be printed.
  • Three whiteboards available at free level and a max of 10MB of content.

Lucidchart

Guide

Website

  • Very robust!
  • Runs new account holders through a mini tutorial.
  • Can have 3 whiteboards at once.
  • Insert text, shapes, post-its, tables, images, and many other types of content.
  • Questions or other elements can be created ahead of time.
  • Sharing settings can be adjusted.
  • Can be saved after session.
  • Slight learning curve.
  • Requires account creation for every user, not just whiteboard owner.
  • Seems to use a lot of bandwidth
  • All the best features are premium