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Teaching Online About How to Teach Online: The Design for Learning Program

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Description: Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) is a three-year continuing education program, providing a series of free online instructional modules. The Design for Learning Team is teaching library workers from across the country how to design instruction and teach online, with opportunities to practice teaching online. Our learners are working in 2 cohorts, selected from applicants across the country. The first cohort began working September 1, 2015 and the second cohort began working February 1, 2016. We have selected participants from all types of libraries, subject specializations, and library experience levels. Our next phase is the development of a “MOOC” version that will allow self-selected, self-paced experience in the program.

The program consists of seven modules: Orientation, Foundation (Instructional Design), Technologies, Diversity, Community, Social, and a final Capstone project in which the participants teach modules online for their own communities. Each module builds upon those before it to work toward the final capstone project. While other programs have existed to teach library workers one aspect or another, this program aims to provide participants with a more well-rounded approach to online instruction, specific to library communities.

This program has been developed as a partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It is funded as a three-year grant, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The program is currently in the middle of the second year. Members of the leadership team for the program come from across the country, from New York, Hawai‘i, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, and Texas.

Five-six panelists and one moderator will discuss their perspectives of the program, including one-two students from the program. Four panelists from the Design for Learning leadership team will present their process of developing the program curriculum, collaboratively creating online course modules, administering the Moodle learning management system, interacting with participants, and improving the modules throughout the program based on formative evaluation. They will also discuss their plans to revise the module content to share openly in a MOOC format in early 2017. We are eager to answer questions from those who attend this session, and to hear feedback that can help us to continue to improve the program as we prepare to share it openly as a MOOC.

Presenters: Arden Kirkland, Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Diane Kovacs, Loriene Roy & Rae-Anne Montague

Format: Panel Discussion

Types of libraries: Academic, Public, School/Media Center, Special

Subjects: Community Engagement, Continuing Education, Distance Learning, Diversity, Instruction, Professional Development, Training, Transforming Libraries, Virtual Communities and Libraries

Additional comments: We definitely hope for this to start an active conversation about online learning both for continuing education for library workers and as a mode of instruction for library workers to reach their own communities. Our panelists will be able to share several different perspectives of the program including the ups and downs and lessons learned along the way. We will include 1-2 of our current students to share their perspectives as well. Mary-Carol Lindbloom, Project Director for the program and Executive Director of the South Central Regional Library Council, will moderate this discussion.