A picture is worth 150 words: Using Wordle to assess library instruction

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Huisman, Rhonda K.
Hanna, Kathleen A.
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2011
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Assessment , Information literacy , Information visualization , Library instruction , Tag clouds , Word clouds , Wordle
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Making library instruction interactive and engaging is no easy feat, and assessment of the standard one-shot visit can be difficult. Librarians need a simple and fast method for evaluation of learning. The one-minute paper is an effective way to generate immediate feedback from students, but student responses often consist of "everything seemed clear" or other vague statements. We decided to try to repurpose this widely-used technique by incorporating a visual imagery tool. Wordle (http://www.wordle.net) offered an active and entertaining method for soliciting responses from students and assessing what they learned during library instruction sessions by the creation of word clouds.

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Huisman, Rhonda K. and Kathleen A Hanna. "A Picture is Worth 150 Words: Using Wordle to Assess Library Instruction." In Proceedings of the 38th National LOEX Conference. Library Orientation Series No. 43). Ed. Brad Sietz. Ann Arbor, MI: Pierian Press, 2011.
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