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Use of Padlet in Library teaching

Padlet is a free online tool that lets users easily express their thoughts and read what others have to say. It is essentially a virtual bulletin board, where collaborators can create and organize posts of any content type, whether text, documents, images, videos or links.

The purpose of this project is to investigate whether digital online tools can make students more active in library courses, thus increasing their learning outcomes. It is also desirable to see whether information obtained using these tools can provide a basis for a better understanding of the student's knowledge on a topic. If so, so teacher can adjust the course content so it better matches the needs of the students.

When choosing tool, it was important that the tool would not require any kind of installations, registrations, or credentials from the students, so the students could be anonymous. Additionally, it was desirable with an easy-to-use tool where different layouts easily can be reused, and that the tool could be used in real-time in the classroom, while allowing students to return to the content in retrospect.

Padlet as a tool for teaching was tested at approx. 200 students taking the exam philosophicum at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences at the University of Bergen. The exam philosophicum is a mandatory introductory course in philosophy, which is included in all bachelor degrees at the university. The Science Library offers anyone who takes this subject a short introduction course in information searching, source criticism, and citation techniques. The course is given as a lecture in an auditorium, where the students work individually on problems, but where the answers will be discussed in plenary. Hopefully the use of Padlet will cause those who do not dare to speak in a large assembly, also to be able to participate in the discussion. 

Ingunn Rødland Bergen University Library