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Using personal response systems for induction

By Rebecca Woolley

Abstract

In the autumn term of 2006 the business and\ud economics subject team at Warwick University\ud decided to try a slightly different approach to\ud library induction for undergraduates. We wanted\ud to keep our sessions brief, fi rmly believing that\ud not much is retained by students from induction\ud sessions, and we wanted a session that would not\ud just be a brief introduction to services. Drawing\ud on a colleague’s experience we decided to focus\ud on one specifi c problem we know students face\ud early on in their course, namely understanding\ud what they are looking for when they see references\ud on a reading list. This had worked in a\ud presentation format with quite large groups and\ud included an element of interactivity. Having seen\ud the Personal Response System (PRS) technology\ud showcased on Warwick’s e-learning website, we\ud felt this might enhance the interactive element so\ud arranged for a demonstration of the system in the\ud library. PRS is used extensively by the medical\ud school within lectures and is used to great success\ud in revision sessions, especially when used in a\ud competitive team environment

Topics: Z719
Publisher: Society of College, National & University Libraries
Year: 2006
OAI identifier: oai:wrap.warwick.ac.uk:3609

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