In Search of the Perfect Potato Chip: Engaging First-Year Students with a Virtual Escape Room

Cali Biaggi, Online Learning Librarian, Doane University, Crete, NE (FTE: 2,500)

In this session, I will discuss a virtual escape room activity I designed for the first-year seminar classes at Doane University. In fact, it is more of a digital lock box activity using Google Forms. Students are asked to solve clues using a variety of resources on the library website to help an “unnamed professor” remember 4 separate “passwords” to access their “top-secret research.” This activity serves as an active start to a library one-shot, leads well into a discussion of how to search in databases, and could be adapted for a variety of class types.

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