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Hands-on with Padlet: Creating A Virtual Interactive Space with Archives for Instruction and Beyond

  • April 26, 2021
  • 11:30 AM - 12:45 PM
  • Webinar
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Hands-on with Padlet: Creating A Virtual Interactive Space with Archives for Instruction and Beyond

Monday, April 26, 2021

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. (Pacific Standard Time)

Webinar Description:

While active learning practices have gained momentum in archival instruction in recent years, the switch to online environments lends itself more to a show-and-tell style of sharing archival materials. How do we create a virtual space for more meaningful interaction between archives and audiences? Participants of this webinar will discover ways of using Padlet, a digital interface, to invite audiences to immerse themselves in and work imaginatively with archival objects in a virtual space.

The webinar will present a case study of a Padlet virtual classroom designed in collaboration between a faculty and an archives and special collections librarian. Presenters will share lesson designs, as well as Padlet class activities for learning with archival materials, specifically focused on key qualities of online instruction design: ease of access, visual appeal, as well as interactive and collaborative features. Participants will be invited to engage in “Padlet play” to get hands-on experience with the digital platform. The goals of the webinar are to spark participants’ creativity and to explore Padlet as a tool for access, collaboration, instruction, outreach, and community engagement in archives.

The cost is $10 for SCA members; $5 for student members; $20 for non-members; and $5 for unemployed or precariously employed individuals. This webinar will be presented live only, but all registrants will receive a link to slides and a Padlet starter kit after the webinar is completed.


Co-presenters Rachel Wen-Paloutzian and Laura Poladian have partnered since 2016 to bring undergraduate students into the William H. Hannon Library’s Archives and Special Collections at Loyola Marymount University. As the Archives and Special Collections Instruction Librarian, Rachel Wen-Paloutzian works with faculty to incorporate special collections and primary sources into the academic curriculum. She designs lessons and facilitates active learning using a variety of special collections and archival materials. Laura Poladian, a Rhetorical Arts instructor at LMU, teaches Speaking and Writing for Social Justice to undergraduate students. In collaboration, Laura and Rachel focus on creating learning space for students to encounter social justice issues through direct exploration and meaningful connections with original materials.  

Who should attend:

This workshop is most relevant to: 1) archivists working with instruction, outreach, exhibit curation, and events; 2) community members who help their audiences interface with archival materials; and 3) students and teachers who are interested in archives or pedagogical practices for primary sources.

Registration is open until the webinar begins. Online payment is required.

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