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New ACRL e-Learning Online Course: "Engaging with the ACRL Framework" (October 16 - November 17, 2017)

Engaging with the ACRL Framework:
A Catalyst for Exploring and Expanding our Teaching Practices

An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
October 16 – November 17, 2017

The ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education - with its emphasis on self-reflective and lifelong learning and on conceptual understandings about information, research, and scholarship and encouraging - has prompted many librarians to consider their teaching practices from fresh angles, as they explore their evolving instructional roles within and beyond the library classroom. The Framework’s vision of information literacy education as a shared responsibility of all educators suggests both opportunities and challenges for teaching librarians, as we expand pedagogical approaches and partnerships. This ACRL e-Learning course supports librarians in engaging more deeply with the Framework and exploring ways that it may help to enrich individual teaching practices, local instruction programs, and institutions.

Throughout this online course, explore concepts and pedagogical approaches outlined in the Framework and their significance to your instructional work. Apply learning and reflection to creating instruction plans for your local contexts and considering possibilities for growing teaching partnerships.

Learning Outcomes

  • Reflect on your personal perspectives on and experiences with the Framework and how these influence your engagement with the document.
  • Examine your unique institutional and instructional contexts and the possibilities and constraints these contexts present for your pedagogical work.
  • Apply principles of instructional design to develop instruction that is centered on the Frames and that fosters learning transfer and metacognition.
  • Explore the unique knowledge and experiences that librarians bring to teaching and learning and their implications for expanding librarians' instructional roles and partnerships.
  • Explore how the Framework can be used to foster dialogue and collaboration among educators.


Lindsay Matts-Benson is the Instructional Designer for the University of Minnesota Libraries in Minneapolis, where she collaborates and consults with librarians and library staff on building accessible, thoughtful and creative instructional material, such as online tutorials, websites, videos, and in-person presentations. Lindsay has designed online learning modules and developed semester-long courses ranging from insurance law and trial advocacy skills to library research skills and job searching using library databases. Lindsay holds a Master of Arts in Learning Technology with a certificate in e-learning from the University of St. Thomas, and a Master's in Library and Information Science from Dominican University.


Registration materials and complete details are available online. Contact mconahan@ala.org with questions.