Learning “To Go”: Using the Learning Object Model to Develop Online Instruction

An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
October 28 - November 18, 2012

Description: As librarians turn to technology to help meet the demands of information literacy instruction for large scale general education classes, they seek solutions that will make effective instruction widely available for large numbers of students, any time, any place. One instructional tool that particularly suits these needs is the learning object. The goal of this 3-week online seminar is to facilitate creation of an online learning tool using the model of the learning object.  We anticipate that the course will require approximately 5-8 hours per week in order to meet this goal. However, those who wish to attend this course to learn about the development process (while not actually creating the learning tool) are also welcome to participate as learners.

Week 1 will begin with a reading and discussion of the challenges of online learning and will continue with defining learning objects, their characteristics, and demonstrating how they can be used. Participants will work with common core learning objectives to select a topic suitable for a standalone online learning tool and use mind mapping to brainstorm and define its scope.  In Week 2 they will review the principles of instructional design and storyboard the learning tool. At this point participants will review Web 2.0 (and other) applications to find one suitable to develop the learning tool.  In Week 3 participants will create their learning tool and a plan for assessing its effectiveness.  Participants will share and review finished creations with each other.

Throughout the seminar there will be Discussion Boards and online chats to discuss common issues and challenges related to constructing online instruction.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Understand what a learning object is and be able to differentiate it from other instructional materials.
  • Employ the use of mind mapping to storyboard a learning object.
  • Be able to create a learning object using a Web 2.0 application or other suitable technology.

Audience: Academic librarians, school librarians, or others who are responsible for information literacy instruction.

Presenters: Judith Arnold, Coordinator for Student Engagement & Learning, Wayne State University System; Rebecca Befus, First Year Experience Librarian, Wayne State University Library System; Veronica Bielat, Instructional Services Coordinator, Wayne State University Library System

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately 5-8 hours (asynchronous) per week to:

  • Read the online seminar material
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete online exercises
  • Complete a seminar evaluation form 

Registration fees:

ACRL member: $135
ALA member: $175
Nonmember: $195
Student: $60

How to register:

Register with Credit Card

  • Scroll down to the month when the event is offered. Select the "Register" link next to the course on ALA's Distance Learning page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

Register by PO

  • Download and complete the PO registration form.
  • Submit the form along with your actual PO to ALA registration (fax or mail; see form for details).
  • You will not be considered registered for the course until both your PO and the registration form have been received and processed by ALA registration.

Access instructions will be sent out one business day prior to the start of the course.

Member rates apply to personal memberships only. Want to join ACRL or ALA? Complete the online membership form, available on the ALA Web site. If you join ALA/ACRL within five days of registering, we will adjust your fee (please fax a copy of your completed registration form to ACRL at 312-280-2520 ).

Payment may be made by credit card or purchase order (PO) only. If paying by PO, the PO number is required at the time of registration. Class size is limited to 60 participants. Full refunds will be granted up to 14 days prior to the start of the seminar.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org.