You're Doing it Wrong: Ten Rules to Break to Create Awesome Tutorials

Live Webcast 
September 16, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Did you learn that your tutorials should open with a list of objectives? Or perhaps, you learned that you need to have  knowledge checks embedded throughout your tutorial. Have you created a tutorial with multimedia features like text and narration?  These traditional “best practices” have shaped the way librarians deliver instructional content, but unfortunately, they have stunted our efforts at creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences.  These traditional guidelines are rooted in pedagogical techniques that have worked well in the face-to-face classroom but have not necessarily been as effective in the online environment. In this webcast, the presenters will draw upon the latest research in instructional design and e-learning to show how we can break the rules that have lead us down the path of ineffective and often ignored content. By deconstructing a tutorial created with current guidelines and applying new ways of thinking about e-learning, the presenters will show how to break free of traditional and ineffective best practices and offer them a new set of pedagogical strategies that are based on current research in e-learning. Participants will be inspired as we show examples of cutting edge tutorials from corporate, academic, and library entities.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will identify new theories and best practices in instructional design in order to create effective and engaging tutorials.
  • Participants will describe 10 historical guidelines that are no longer relevant in order to avoid common tutorial design pitfalls.
  • Participants will be able to evaluate several tutorials in order to create more effective means of information delivery for instruction.

Presenter(s): Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Andrew See, Information Associate Senior, University of Arizona Libraries

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat or a microphone.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

Tech Check: If you'd like to perform the Elluminate tech check on your computer, please go to: www.learningtimes.net/techcheckell.html.

Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

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