Our life would be really boring if year after year we repeated ourselves in condensed slots during our contact time with students.
This is certainly not happening to me. Every so often I review all the learning materials, reflect and move on to change my approach.
In preparation of the forthcoming orientation a multi-fold question born in mind:
How can I explain in 10 minutes the library services across three sites and two Universities to either a big audience (in a lecture theatre) or to speed-dating-format of smaller groups, early in the evening and make the information stick to my students’ minds at the end of a tiring for them day?
So, I came up with a game that could address the above question very neatly;
The idea: The infolit* Die
“The die has been cast” – alea jacta est (Suetonius, Vita Divi Iuli, 121 CE, 33)
A cube resembling a die will bear on every side a question that relates to our services, including a number at each top corner. The number corresponds to a PowerPoint slide number that includes a visual representation of the answer.
A volunteer from the audience will be asked to roll the die.
At the moment, we refine the die and the corresponding questions before going to the printer services to create a sturdier cube.
When the cube is ready to roll, I will post images of the die and instructions in case you want to use a similar approach to your orientations.
Before closing this post, it’s worth acknowledging the source of my inspiration.
As a learner myself, one of the things I value the most is the opportunities given to events for unanticipated learning outcomes that come as a surprise.
In the middle of June, I participated in the Digital pedagogies: E-learning and digital humanities unconference, at UCL where Rodd Digges during his pitch was holding a cube and promised to initiate a discussion that would “provoke dialogue and debate around current issues in HE and FE.” At that very moment, his “prompt cube” sparked the idea in my mind and although I opted for attending another session on collaborative writing and didn’t have the opportunity to see the cube in action, I would like to thank Rodd for generating the surprising and unintended, creative learning outcome!
*Infolit for short stands for Information Literacy
Image Credits: “Dice” by Daniel Dionne shared under CC BY-SA