The Official Cephalonian Method Page
Don't just present it...Ceph it!
This is an engaging and versatile method for presenting to both large and small groups. It facilitates audience participation and through its colour-coded structure provides an element of surprise and spontaneity. It is suitable for many types of presentations from the classroom to the conference hall.
It can be easily adapted according to local preferences and requirements. It has been used in conjunction with clickers technology, presented in the form of a US quiz show and used to enliven traditional library tours.
The method was developed for a library orientation session at Cardiff University by Linda Davies and Nigel Morgan based on an idea from the tourist trade on a certain Greek island.
The following explain how to create your own Cephalonian presentations:
Morgan, N. and Davies, L. 2004. Innovative induction: introducing the Cephalonian Method. SCONUL Focus 32, pp. 4-8.
Morgan, N. and Davies, L. 2008. How Cephalonia can conquer the world (or at the very least your students!). In: Cook, D. and Sittler, R. eds. Practical pedagogy for library instructors. Chicago: ACRL, pp. 20-29.
The following present the perspectives of those who have used the method:
King, K. and Heath, N. 2010. Cephalonian induction: it's well worth a try. School Librarian 58(2), pp. 76-77.
The method has been used throughout the United Kingdom. It has been showcased at international conferences and is proving successful in Europe, North America and Australasia.
"It engages them in a way that a straight presentation cannot."
Peter Godwin, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Befordshire
"An amusing way to liven up orientations and sneak in lots of information without students realizing they are being informed. Fun to create and fun to do."
Susan Cooperstein, Loyola Notre Dame Library, Maryland USA
We would be delighted to hear how you have used the method.
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