Presentation Title

Refresh Student-Library Relationships with Innovative Applications of GooseChase

Location

ELAB 38

Type of Presentation

Individual paper/presentation (20 minute presentation)

Target Audience

Higher Education

Abstract

Effective library orientations place significant strain on library staff. Development, execution, and assessment of learning outcomes require a significant time investment, especially if working within a low-no cost framework. Learn how we leveraged an FTE-based GooseChase scavenger hunt subscription to create an innovative, community-building orientation that successfully met our information literacy outcomes. Compared to previous, home-grown orientations, GooseChase afforded our library with a platform to easily assess student learning and provide students with self-directed way to learn about library collections, services, and spaces. GooseChase allows for flexible, real-time feedback and assessment such as adding bonus points. Students were self-motivated to earn bonus points for creativity and innovation. We selected a range of dispositions from the Searching as Strategic Exploration frame to anchor our orientation. Students were asked to browse the collection and upload a photo of the weirdest book they could find - practicing the process of “browsing and serendipitous methods of information gathering.” Students were asked to document their experiences in GooseChase by “exhibiting mental flexibility and creativity,” resulting humorous photos of students planking on library furniture, creating trashcan pyramids to promote recycling, and taking selfies with books. Throughout the process, students chose to approach library staff to ask questions and “seek guidance” from the library experts. We have seen increased, independent use of the library building and technology. Student workers who participated in the orientation have demonstrated an increased sense of responsibility, building ownership, and willingness to interact with library staff. New and returning students approached us to share about the new things they learned and how much fun they had. While the free version of GooseChase didn't meet our needs, the subscription version far exceeded our expectations.

Presentation Description

Transform library-student interactions and library building use by utilizing technology that conforms to students’ expectations for documenting experiences. Refresh student-library relationships through the innovative application of the GooseChase scavenger hunt app. Learn how our library found creative, outside-the-box applications for our GooseChase subscription to generate positive, measurable student learning experiences tied to the Frame Searching as Strategic Exploration that changed how students utilized our building and engaged with staff. Leave with creative take-aways to implement change in your library.

Session Goals

  • Learn how GooseChase is an effective, self-directed teaching and assessment tool for Framework-based student learning outcomes. Identify innovative ideas for using GooseChase beyond the orientation model

  • Transform library-student relationships within students’ technological and social framework

Session Objectives

Learn how to leverage an FTE-based GooseChase subscription to generate a positive relationship between students and the library. Transform library-student interactions, building use, and student learning using technology that conforms to students’ expectations for documenting experiences. Lay the groundwork meeting Framework objectives by crafting experiences around creative exploration, flexible information gathering, and guidance-seeking in an innovative way that refreshes the student-library relationship.

Keywords

Searching as Strategic Exploration, Technology Innovation, Digital Learning, Library-Student Relationship, Library Orientation, Student Engagement, GooseChase

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

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Refresh Student-Library Relationships with Innovative Applications of GooseChase

ELAB 38

Effective library orientations place significant strain on library staff. Development, execution, and assessment of learning outcomes require a significant time investment, especially if working within a low-no cost framework. Learn how we leveraged an FTE-based GooseChase scavenger hunt subscription to create an innovative, community-building orientation that successfully met our information literacy outcomes. Compared to previous, home-grown orientations, GooseChase afforded our library with a platform to easily assess student learning and provide students with self-directed way to learn about library collections, services, and spaces. GooseChase allows for flexible, real-time feedback and assessment such as adding bonus points. Students were self-motivated to earn bonus points for creativity and innovation. We selected a range of dispositions from the Searching as Strategic Exploration frame to anchor our orientation. Students were asked to browse the collection and upload a photo of the weirdest book they could find - practicing the process of “browsing and serendipitous methods of information gathering.” Students were asked to document their experiences in GooseChase by “exhibiting mental flexibility and creativity,” resulting humorous photos of students planking on library furniture, creating trashcan pyramids to promote recycling, and taking selfies with books. Throughout the process, students chose to approach library staff to ask questions and “seek guidance” from the library experts. We have seen increased, independent use of the library building and technology. Student workers who participated in the orientation have demonstrated an increased sense of responsibility, building ownership, and willingness to interact with library staff. New and returning students approached us to share about the new things they learned and how much fun they had. While the free version of GooseChase didn't meet our needs, the subscription version far exceeded our expectations.