Implementing Online Teaching and Learning: Using Moodle and Other Web 2.0 Features

An ACRL e-Learning Online Course
September 12 - October 10, 2012

Description: In this hands-on course, learn about state-of-the-art of online teaching and learning technology and its applications. The instructor will review the use of teaching materials created with multi-media plug-ins and classroom communications tools and specifically the Moodle LMS.

This course is primarily asynchronous and requires a significant amount of hands-on learning-activities , project work, and readings. This work will result in a completed instructional unit e.g., short course/workshop/tutorial implemented on the teachers Moodle LMS or on an LMS or simple Web site of students' choice.

This is a two phase course.

  1. Phase one is lecture, discussion, and readings on reviewing and choosing online teaching and learning graphics, media, and communications tools, as well as support and management options
  2. Phase two is hands-on activities that will step participants through implementing a course/workshop/tutorial on the teacher's Moodle LMS or on another LMS or simple Web site of the participants' choice.

Participants will receive and/or be able to download printable versions of the learning activities etc. to use during the course session as well.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Participants will be able to evaluate distance education/Web-based tutorials, courses, or courses in terms of their design and relevance.
  2. Participants will be able to identify, evaluate, and choose appropriate distance education/Web-based teaching technologies within the context of a good instructional design plan (e.g., media, graphics, communications, and management tools).
  3. Participants will implement a draft or completed instructional design plan on the teacher's Moodle LMS or other LMS or simple Web site of their choice.

Audience: Librarians and other information specialists who are interested in reviewing the instructional design process, distance education/Web-based teaching tools and options, and implementing a simple Web-based short course/tutorial/course on the Moodle LMS.

Some experience with online teaching and learning is assumed. (e.g., have taken a course online, completed a Web-based tutorial as a learner). Web-based teachers will find the course a good review and reinforcement experience.

Participants should know how to use e-mail and a current standard Web Browser. Some HTML or HTML editor experience will be needed. Some basic HTML review will be accessible. Level of instruction is advanced.

Instructor: Diane Kovacs, Kovacs Consulting

Diane has been teaching virtual reference related concepts and skills online and in-person for more than 14 years. She is the author of The Virtual Reference Handbook: Interview and Information Delivery Techniques for the Chat and E-Mail Environments Neal-Schuman Publishers (2007) published concurrently in the United Kingdom by Facet Publishers (2007)  and The Kovacs Guide to Electronic Library Collection Development:  Essential Core Subject Collections, Selection Criteria, and Guidelines  (Neal-Schuman, January 2004).  Additional Biographical Information is available at http://www.kovacs.com/aboutus.html.

More information on Diane Kovacs

Course Requirements:
Your participation will require approximately three to five 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
CACUL member: Can$195 (charges will be made in U.S. dollars)
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.