Lydia Pyburn

Using Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA for an Online Workshop


Lydia L. Pyburn,  MLS
Online Engagement and Nursing Librarian
Faculty Services and Online Engagement
University of Texas at Arlington Libraries

Online students don’t have the opportunity to come to campus and sit through a library orientation as on-campus students will do. They miss out on getting real-time information literacy instruction on how to use library resources, how to cite materials, and the different services the library offers to them. It is imperative to provide the same services to online student that are offered to on-campus students. The hour and a half online workshop will use flipped learning to promote active learning. Students will watch videos before the session and take a pretest. Blackboard Collaborate ULTRA supports screensharing to demonstrate a search within a database, break out groups to work on an activity of building a search, and polling to see if they can identify a correct reference in APA.

Part of the evaluation includes pretests to assess knowledge before the workshop, and posttests to knowledge gained after watching the videos and attending the workshop. Students will receive immediate feedback on tasks to use for their assignments. Additional measures for success are attendance and a satisfaction survey.