2009 Teaching and Learning Symposium

2:30-4:30 p.m., April 21, 2009
HUB Ballroom

Session Description



The Amazing Information Race

Margaret (Peg) Achterman (Communication)

Using a popular culture hook is an excellent way to engage students in an activity. CBS's Amazing Race provided a great framework for getting students out of the computer-lab and into the larger library system. This exercise was conducted on the third day of class. Since Com 301: Navigating Networks is a computer-aided-reporting course there are elements of this exercise that DO use technical gadgets, but it also emphasizes the importance of going, doing and asking in person. The outcome of this exercise was three-fold: A. this was a team-building time since the students were working in a set group all quarter. B. they had to use the many resources of the UW library system in new ways. C. they had to use a variety of technologies to hunt down this information.

This exercise seeking five different pieces of information is an old-time scavenger hunt with a new name. The groups were given a list of what they had to find and how they had to get that information back to class. Two required texting back some piece of information, one required finding an on-line image, one required finding a particular librarian, another forced them to use microfilm. They had to return to class with photos (taken on digital cameras or phones) of the entire group at each location and pull them into a PowerPoint file.

My ultimate goal was to give them some hurdles and to make them think outside of their standard default of looking things up online. My secondary goal was to simply have some fun with team-building.


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