Hillcroft LRC

Our Comic Muse

Posted on: February 21, 2014

Self-service issue deskThis week the Learning Resources Centre (LRC) team have been getting ready for the Women into Management (WiM) set of inductions starting on 28 February.

Our LRC Manager will be giving the students a tour of the library, showing them how to search the catalogue on and offsite and use our self-service issue computer to borrow material. As we’re a small college – and only have one issue computer – we show the students how to use the barcode reader to issue material on their borrower card one by one. If there’s 15 students then obviously this takes a while so the team decided to create something interactive that we could load onto the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) as a reminder.

As the team were strapped for time – and didn’t want to spend hours editing a film – they first tried doing a video on the iPad. But it seemed a bit shaky and unprofessional almost like a scene from Acorn Antiques! Then we tried downloading Jing to do screencasts but still needed a video rather than a screencast to demonstrate how to scan with the barcode reader. Our LRC Assistant found Storyboard That a piece of freeware/subscription site where you can create comic strips that you can then embed into websites, VLEs or share with others.

The result – two comic strips; one showing how to borrow material using a barcode scanner and the second how to return material via the return bin. They’re now both embedded on our VLE’s LRC Services page.

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