Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Thursday, July 23 • 3:15pm - 4:45pm
#researchspeeddate: Think/Pair/Share for Online & Hybrid Courses

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Think/pair/share is an activity librarians and instructors regularly use in their teaching while students are present in a classroom. It offers opportunities for students to contemplate their answer to a question or prompt and discuss it with a classmate before sharing it with the whole classroom. Students benefit from sharing their thoughts and ideas with just one person before they are asked to share with the whole class.

But what about in an online or hybrid classroom? Students are likely to complete research activities alone - without any interaction with their fellow classmates. By pairing students up to interact with each other in person, over the phone, or with a chat app, they are automatically able to talk to and engage with a classmate who is working on the same research assignment they are. In the early stages of the research process, students are often unsure about their topics and they regularly report that discussion with another student offers them help and peace of mind.

This activity brings justice to students working in online spaces who are often there because of their schedules involving work, family, and other obligations. Offering these students a way to engage with fellow classmates around their research helps break them out of the silos that online courses so often produce. The core structure of this activity can be applied to student interaction during different stages of the research process or even for non-research assignments.

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Chelsea Nesvig

Research & Instruction Librarian, University of Washington, Bothell

Thursday July 23, 2020 3:15pm - 4:45pm AST
HUB 332 (Seats 120)

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