Some of my least favorite teaching moments are those focused on mechanics: Click here; scroll there; point at this; type on that space. Jenica Ibarra, Reference & Instruction Librarian at St. Petersburg College-Clearwater Campus uses Canva to get around the mechanical aspects of library instruction to focus on more substantive teaching:
When teaching library instructions (particularly for first-year students), I like to provide a handout that outlines the ‘point and click’ steps. When I first started teaching, I would spend so much time pausing and walking around the room to show students where I was clicking. A simple yet attractive handout makes students less anxious about missing clicks, and more attentive to my lesson. I can spend my limited time teaching concepts and skills (and cracking corny jokes).
It’s a great idea as a handout, but I could also see printing these steps out business-card-style and keeping a stash at the circulation and reference desk for patrons to grab as needed.