FEEDBACK

Lovely architecture student demonstrates sketching in DublinEvidence of student engagement – my Research and Bibliographic Skills seminar invitation was sent out yesterday (5 May 2014).  And today I received a tweet with a suggestion of a digital resource that I should consider including in the seminar.  I’m delighted!  Scrivener is a writing tool, originally for Mac users, but now available for Windows users as well.  I took a quick look at the introductory video on their website today, and although initially sceptical, I grew more interested as more features were described!

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FEEDBACK FROM THE RESEARCH AND BIBLIOGRAPHIC SKILLS SEMINAR (Monday 19th May 2014)

Peer-review from the course leader: “Many thanks for a lively and helpful session last night, I am interested to view the feedback
with you…”

Feedback form 001I was keen to get feedback from the students themselves, and decided that a simple 3-question survey would give the best chance of everyone completing it on the spot.

I liked:-

  • overall structure very clear;
  • hearing what my colleagues use to create their biblios and find articles;
  • lots of experiences about bibliography software.  I haven’t used any before, but it sounds very convenient and easy to produce the thesis later;
  • hearing about Zotero and Mendeley;
  • the useful information about software of bibliography;
  • diversity of resources.

I disliked:-

  • The timing – prefer stretch over 2 or 3 hours;
  • the session felt slightly rushed, but I would rather see a longer session than less content;
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  • that it was so short;
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  • too brief focus on each element!

I’d like more of:-

  • Bibliographical information (Zotero, etc);
  • … this session! It was hugely helpful;
  • practical sessions or more longer session for experiencing softwares together;
  • Zotero/Mendeley training;
  • details of bibliography (the way of how to use it).

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I also decided to seek some feedback from my presentations at the IAML Annual Study Weekend in Cambridge. One delegated quoted from the report she’d written for her line-manager:-

1. Academic Libraries Seminar – Presentation was clear, lively, funny, interesting.
2. Quick fire: effective use of social media – Lots of very practical information in a very short time!

And another:-

I really enjoyed your presentation on the teaching module. It was useful to learn some new terms and concepts in education theory/practice, and get some book recommendations. I am developing some info lit material for my school, so this was particularly timely.

Finally:-

It was really useful to learn from Karen’s experience of using social media channels at work, and to pick up some tips of what works well.  

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