Every now and then we get the opportunity to play with some new tools to see what they can do to help students either make better use of library resources or to support their learning. Personally speaking, it’s one of my favourite aspects of the job, trying out new tools, seeing how they work and seeing if there are ways they can be used to support students. It was with this in mind that I realise experimented with a new tool that we can use via Office 365: Sway.
Sway’s an interesting tool. It’s somewhere like a cross between a PowerPoint and a Prezi. It enables you to prepare little tutorials that incorporate text, photo and video elements relatively quickly and easily. Admittedly, it took me a little while to get my head around how it works, but after a little playing around it actually seemed fairly straightforward.
To get to grips with how it works, I decided to convert my recent post on systematic literature searching into one of these dynamic Sway presentations. Of course, I had to take a slightly different approach when putting it together, in the sense that I needed to strip it back a little and make it a little less text heavy as it could become quite tedious with a lot of text on screen. So I stripped it back and made it a bit more concise, whilst also retaining the key messages in the tutorial (well, I think I managed that anyway!).
You can view the full Sway on literature searching for psychology here (you will need to login with your UEL email address and password to view it). If you have any feedback or comments, please do post them in the comments below. And if you have any queries about literature searching in general, plus do get in touch!