Q | Overview
Compared to every other digital experience in students’ lives, navigating a school’s various digital systems is a nightmare.
Sure, everything is behind single sign-on, but going from LMS to library to tutoring services to advising is a jarring and unpleasant experience, a hodge-podge of different web designs buried many clicks deep.
As every digital designer knows, the more clicks and barriers we create, the faster and steeper the drop-off in user persistence. Said plainly: students give up and go elsewhere.
Q for Success streamlines student access to your most precious academic resources, helping them engage more deeply and frequently.
A custom Q solution, branded for your institution or library, brings your academic resources inside the platforms students use to think, research, and write: Google Suite and Office 365.
Get Me Started!From quick, targeted (and affordable) pilots to institutional roll-out, we’ve got you covered.
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Learn how Q helps students…
Get a Quick Sense of Q:
Install Q and Try It!
If your institution isn't set up in our system you'll get a generic set of search solutions plus access to our writing modules.
Or better yet, contact us for a discussion of your institution's goals and we'll quickly provision a custom setup.
Research: Streamlined & Demystified
Students are still easily overwhelmed by scholarly research; they default to Google and Wikipedia. While sophisticated and easy to use, most university library websites are intimidating for undergraduates. Q helps break down resistance and removes the friction students experience when trying to fulfill research requirements. Remember, this is the generation that uses an app to order pizza or ice cream. It’s easy to create a custom instance of Q for your campus – a handful or specific URLs and we’re off and running. Your students can install both the Chrome Extension and Word Add-in to gain streamlined, guided access to your most important databases, resource/subject guides, and general info about your library and related services.
Online Writing Handbook
We’ve curated the best resources to help students learn academic writing and made them quickly searchable – from inside Q. Better yet? Work with us to create a custom style guide for your institution – leveraging OER, creating your own content, or mashing up the best of both.
In the screenshot below, a student writer is working in Google Docs and has clicked the Q icon in their Chrome toolbar to pop open Q for Success. They started typing “arguement” in the Handbook search box and immediately gained access to a list of resources…
Clicking one of the resources will open a new tab and take them directly to the content.
Deliberate Practice: help students construct knowledge
Inside Q students will find modules to help them practice and become academic writers. These modules, tightly integrated into Microsoft Word and Google Chrome, are optional for the institution. Click a screenshot below to get a larger view and flip through the user experience.
Students often struggle with getting their research into their own writing.
They’ll take a quote and drop it into their writing, (sometimes without quotations!) without ‘framing’ it with their own words. Perversely, the motivation for this can sometimes be a feeling that they’re cheating or using someone else’s words.
Q helps break down this complex task and walk students through the process, helping them create a polished, properly cited sentence and – in the process – learn proper academic writing skills.
Develop Your Thesis
High school and even undergraduate students often struggle with devleoping an original argument. They confuse “thesis” with main idea, and end up with a paper that ‘argues’ that “Huckleberry Finn is about the South and slavery.” That isn’t an argument; it’s a statement.
The Develop Your Thesis module helps students construct a thesis using simple fill-in-the-blank, then searches the web for quality resources that agree and those that disagree. The web search is intended to help generate ideas and speed experimentation.
Engagement: removing friction and creating dialog
We firmly believe that small changes can have a big impact.
Does placing the phone number of a reference librarian in a one-click-away Chrome Extension make a difference? How about a number for text messaging? Or an email address? Or chat (as many libraries already offer)? What about direct access to writing center tutors or similar? We build this info into an institution’s customized Q solution, giving students yet another easy way to reach out and establish contact. To engage.