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If you have time or interest, take the survey. As of today, only 32 more people can take the survey. A subsequent blog post will analyze the results of those who attended the class I taught last week.
At one point I had thought to direct them to this blog, where they could click the link and then take the quiz, but I was uncertain about sharing my blog with them, plus with only 50 responses I could not find out how to activate the blog post just before class started. Admittedly, I didn't want responses from anyone not a part of the class--at least not initially.
My original message:
Please take a few minutes to complete this survey:
|Photo taken by John Haydon and posted on Flickr.com.|
An article I re-read recently talks about this. JaNae Kinikin and Shaun Jackson of Weber State University wrote a short article for LOEX Quarterly in Fall 2010 titled "Using a Back and Forth Presentation Format to Engage Students in Introductory English Composition Courses." They revised their library instruction plan for English composition classes. They adopted TurningPoint technology to ask questions. Some of those questions asked for basic library knowledge:
- Have you ever used a library catalog?
- Have you ever used an article database?
- When you begin a research project, where do you start?
- What the heck is a library catalog?
Responses to the questions posed to students can guide the library instructor to understand how much to teach. Varying the pace keeps student interest as well. Students usually appreciate efforts made by instructors to gauge their knowledge base. Instructors who do this may well succeed in avoiding the experience described by Leza Madsen in her "Book Review: Why Don't Students Like School? A Cognitive Scientist Answers Questions about How the Mind Works and What it Means for the Classroom by Daniel T. Willingham (Jossey-Bass, 2008). She recounts the oft-repeated allusion (at least in my experience) to Ferris Bueller's Day Off where the dull high school teacher drones on and on, then asks a question followed up with one of my favorite movie quotes (too easy to remember I suppose): "Anyone. Anyone?"
Asking good questions and doing it with technology may prevent that moment of dead silence in the classroom. Let's hope so anyway.