Choose-your-Own Learning: Using Google Forms to improve asynchronous learning

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Brief Abstract

 Asynchronous learning opportunities can include engagement and be created with free software...right? This panel will explore the use of Google Forms to create engagement-heavy learning objects for asynchronous learning. In this interactive session, presenters will share actual Google Form creations and their findings from the creation and implementation process.

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Alison Pitcher is a liaison librarian for several Health & Community Studies programs as well as the collections assessment librarian at MacEwan University. She has been working there since 2015. She has an MLIS from the University of Alberta and a BA from Vancouver Island University. She became a librarian, in part, for the 'aha' moments when students or users connect to something and finds that active learning often brings those moments into the classroom, virtual or physical.

Extended Abstract

Being able to create asynchronous learning opportunities is essential, not only in a COVID-19 educational space where most classes are online and room for information literacy instruction is shrinking, but also in a world where blended learning is a critical component to delivering meaningful information literacy instruction. In addition, we recognize that the more instruction that we can flip outside of the classroom, the more time there is for active engagement with these ideas during our valuable synchronous time with students. 

This session will explore using Google Forms to create asynchronous learning opportunities for students at a post-secondary institution; the creation time and work involved; and the experiences of the librarians using them in their teaching. Participants will be able to “choose their own learning” from a selection of hands-on examples of Google Forms used in information literacy instruction in disciplinary areas including Nursing, Biology, Massage Therapy, and Early Childhood Education. Using Google Forms, Participants will choose the topics of most interest to them throughout the session. We will also be showcasing some of the great features that Google Forms has to enable interactions, as well as issues and ways around them. The audience is expected to interact with the examples not only to explore what kinds of interactivity are possible but also to get a feel for some of the realities associated with using Google Forms to create asynchronous learning tools. Attendees of this session will be able to take away actual examples of Google Forms activities that they can use or adapt for their own teaching. They will also have a solid idea of what aspects the presenters found most difficult when creating interactive Google Forms, and most effective methods of overcoming these difficulties.”