As a librarian, do you talk too much in your one-shot instruction classes? Do you lose students’ attention after a few minutes of your presentation? This poster will discuss creative ways to increase student engagement and learning through guided instruction and gaming. An in-class activity built with Qualtrics software guided students through the process of understanding the differences between various publication types and directed them to properly formulate a search strategy in library subscription databases. To transform the classroom into an exciting, dynamic learning environment, Kahoot!, an open source game-based learning platform, was used to reinforce concepts such as the American Psychological Association (APA) citation style formatting. While providing an active learning atmosphere for the students, both tools served as an assessment mechanism for measuring students’ learning. Tips and tricks will be shared on how to successfully incorporate Kahoot! quizzes and Qualtrics activities in already established teaching plans. These teaching strategies proved to be successful in increasing the quality of students’ research papers evidenced by a selection of credible information sources properly formatted in-text and in references list.
Nedelina Tchangalova– Public Health Librarian, University of Maryland - College Park