It is well documented in literature that engineering students seek information by asking their peers before seeking information from other sources, such as asking a professor or performing a literature search. Social networking and other technologies, such as short message service, instant messaging, and even e-mail can be used to foster a peer type of relationship between educators and students. An online student survey can be used for this purpose as well. Assessment of library instruction sessions is important to ensure that students are learning what is intended. Surveying students can ensure instructional relevancy, reveal missing lecture information, and highlight points that create confusion. In addition to improving the instruction, implementing feedback can be used as a collaborative tool between the presenter and the students. This paper will illustrate, by example, the value of using several tools, some traditional and some not, to create an engaging, collaborative learning experience.
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