Immersion Teaching with Technology Track

Program Dates:
March 21-22, 2017 - Face to face program component at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland
March 29-April 26, 2017 - online program component

Application materials now available! 
Application deadline: June 30, 2016


As teaching librarians develop instructional tools and experiences in increasingly tech-enhanced academic environments, there is a growing need in the profession to cultivate design-minded and outcomes-oriented pedagogies. The 2017 Immersion Teaching with Technology (TwT) program will provide a practical framework for evaluating learning technologies in order to integrate them more effectively into face-to-face (f2f) and/or online teaching. TwT participants will identify a project or scenario from their own context in which incorporating, revising, or supplementing technology would enhance learning, then apply introduced strategies, tools, and concepts to this project throughout the program.
Teaching with Technology takes a blended approach that consists of an initial two-day f2f workshop immediately prior to the ACRL 2017 Conference in Baltimore, Maryland, followed by four weeks in an active online learning environment. Prefaced by readings, the majority of the f2f meeting will focus on theoretical and practical applications of instructional design in an online or tech-enhanced environment. Topics such as learning theory, project management, accessibility, and universal design for learning (UDL) will be explored. At the f2f meeting, participants will develop an action plan and form cohorts that will work together for the web-based portion of the program, which will allow for continued interaction within an online community of practice.

Final Project
As the main TwT deliverable, participants will plan a learning object or experience using the tools and strategies introduced in the f2f and online programs.

Learning Outcomes

After participating in the Teaching with Technology program, you will be able to:

  • Integrate outcomes-based instructional technology into teaching and learning in order to develop a personal technology literacy framework that emphasizes practicality and accessibility
  • Utilize reflection and dialogue in order to foster a critical approach to instructional technology applications
  • Integrate instructional design methodology in one's teaching practice in order to create learner-focused, engaging, and innovative pedagogies

Program Details

Program Dates
March 21-22, 2017 - Face to face program component at ACRL 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland
March 29-April 26, 2017 - online program component

Synchronous Online Plenary Webcasts: Wednesdays 11am-1pm Pacific on the following dates: 3/29/2017; 4/5/2017; 4/19/2017; 4/26/2017.  Participants should expect to spend 8-10 hours a week engaging with program content during its online component.

Registration Fees
ACRL member: $1,150
Non ACRL member: $1,250

Who Should Apply

Librarians and graduate students in library and information science programs from all levels of experience with teaching and technology are eligible to apply.  The Immersion '17 Teaching with Technology Program is for you if:

  • You are interested in taking a design approach to integrating technology into your teaching practice.
  • You want to explore practical applications of learning theory and accessibility.
  • You want an opportunity to develop and receive feedback on a technology-enhanced learning object or experience.

How to Apply

All Immersion programs establish a learning community in which participants contribute to the success of the program through active engagement. Participation is limited to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. A competitive application process will be used to select participants. The ACRL Immersion Program Committee reviews and selects participants.

Please read through the instructions below thoroughly before you start the application process, and also note that participants will be expected to bring a laptop or tablet to the f2f portion of the program, and to have reliable access to a computer, webcam, and standard microphone during the online portion of the program.

Application Deadline 
June 30, 2016 (11:59 p.m. Central)

Application Instructions
1.  Review the Teaching with Technology Rubric before you start the online application form

2.  Writing the essays and responding to questions, arranging for funding and requesting letters of reference and support all take time. You are encouraged to begin early, and to prepare and submit your materials as soon as possible. Once you have begun the online application form, you can revisit your statements as many times as needed until they are complete and ready to submit. The deadline cannot be extended due to last minute illnesses or emergencies.

3. Have the following information prepared before you begin the online application form:

  • Contact information
  • Work experience
  • Presentations and publications
  • Letters of reference.  Two letters of reference are needed.  Reference letters should be in English and should be made out to the "Immersion Program Committee."  You will need to cut and paste the text of the letters into the application form. 

    Librarian Applicants
    Reference one. Letter from your dean/director or current supervisor who can address the commitment of the institution to information literacy, your role in that process, and why you should attend.  This letter should also affirm that the applicant will be granted the equivalent of one 8-hr ‘release day’ during the four online weeks of the program in order to focus on TwT-related work.

    Reference two.  Letter from a colleague, faculty member, LIS professor, etc., who can address how the Teaching with Technology track will further enhance your career plans and professional development.

    Graduate Student Applicants
    Two letters of reference from professors, library supervisors, etc. who can address how the Teaching with Technology track will further enhance your career plans and professional development.
  • Candidate statements
Part One: In a 500-word statement, address why you decided to apply for Teaching with Technology. Please also describe your approach to using technology in teaching, including what and/or who has influenced your practice.

Part Two: For each of the following topics, write a 200-300 word statement addressing relevant issues.

1.  In light of the learning outcomes, what are the major immediate or future benefits you hope to derive from Immersion for yourself or your institution?
2.  Describe an example of your most challenging or most rewarding experience using technology for library instruction.
3.  Describe your experience with online learning either as a student or an instructor.

4. Submit your proposal via the online application form.  You may save an incomplete application, and edit or add additional information before the submission deadline date.  An ID number and password will be assigned to you when you submit your proposal. Be sure to print your ID number and password and keep them in a safe place; you will need these in order to edit the proposal at a future time.

5.  Please note that Immersion is an individual application process, and acceptance into the program is for an individual applicant.  There is no institutional ownership of an accepted-applicant slot, and if for some reason, an accepted applicant cannot attend, another person from that institution may not be substituted. The next accepted applicant on the ranked waiting list will be offered the slot.

Notifications will be issued via e-mail in early September 2016.  Participant commitment is due by September 16, 2016.

Questions may be directed to Margot Conahan,, 312-280-2522.