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Have You Voted? Teaching OSCOLA with Mentimeter

  • Alison Skoyles and Erin Bloxsidge
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This article details a small project undertaken by Information Skills Advisers at London South Bank University to increase student engagement in lecture theatre settings through the use of a web-based audience response system (ARS), Mentimeter. Supporting the School of Law, librarians delivered an interactive OSCOLA referencing session to a large capacity lecture theatre. A previous session was redesigned to increase student engagement and active learning utilising interactive quiz questions which students answered using mobile devices. The majority of feedback from students and staff who participated in this pilot project was positive and showed an increase in student engagement. This article is based on the presentation, ‘Have You Voted?: Teaching OSCOLA with Mentimeter’ delivered at the BIALL Annual Conference 2017. It will examine the process of adapting a lecture to include interactive content using an ARS, and will discuss the outcomes of the pilot session and explore benefits and challenges inherent in using technology of this type in a large classroom.

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6 Dill, Emily, ‘Perspective On…: Do clickers improve library instruction? Lock in your answers now’ (2008) 34(6) The Journal of Academic Librarianship 527.

7 Poll Everywhere launched in 2007, Mentimeter launched in 2011, and there are now many web-based audience responses systems on the market aimed at both the business and education sectors.

8 Dill, Emily, ‘Perspective On…: Do clickers improve library instruction? Lock in your answers now’ (2008) 34(6) The Journal of Academic Librarianship 527.

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11 Habel, Chad and Stubbs, Matthew, ‘Mobile phone voting for participation and engagement in a large compulsory law course’ (2014) 22 Research in Learning Technology 1.

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14 Habel, Chad and Stubbs, Matthew, ‘Mobile phone voting for participation and engagement in a large compulsory law course’ (2014) 22 Research in Learning Technology 1.

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Legal Information Management
  • ISSN: 1472-6696
  • EISSN: 1741-2021
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