The Jackson School Task Forces are the Capstone project for UW International Relations Students. After setting up the general structure of the LibGuides for all of the Task Force sections, I joined Jessica Albano on Task Force J. In the second week of the quarter, the task forces come to the library for a session on concept maping and library resources to start them off on their research process.
The concept mapping part of the session went really well. After breaking up the group of 14 into three groups there was some slowness to start getting things up on the board, but once things got going they went really well. The share out also went really well. They came up with a lot of good relationships between concepts and some good starting keywords for further searching. What we wish had gone better was the division of the students into groups. Some task forces divide the students prior to their library instruction session, but this instructor had not chosen to do that. Since the concept mapping portion of the session was my responsibility, in the future I would ask the students for three over arching themes that have emerged in their research and let them cluster around those ideas rather than dividing them artificially. They expressed in the share out that the three themes we used to divide them felt artificial, so I would want to mitigate that in the future. Overall, it was a successful session despite some issues beyond my control and the rocky start that I unwittingly imposed.
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