Develop an instructional design plan: eCourse

For Immediate Release
Tue, 03/31/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new iteration of its popular eCourse, Instructional Design Essentials. Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on May 4, 2015.

Whether you teach face to face, online, or develop online tutorials, this course will help you hone your teaching skills and prepare you for your instructional needs. Throughout the course, you will be developing an instructional design plan for one of your upcoming workshops, courses or tutorials and will receive feedback on it from the instructors and fellow participants. This project will build on itself each week with a revision and reflection as part of the final assignment.

After completing this eCourse, participants will be able to:

  • use backward design and instructional design models to create your own teaching, while being critical of the limitations of instructional design (ID);
  • leverage learning theories and knowledge of student motivation to create more compelling instruction;
  • integrate assessment holistically into your curriculum, lesson or learning object so that you can help students reflect on their own progress, while you reflect on your teaching;
  • critically select and position technology within your instruction to enhance student learning;
  • develop an awareness for critical pedagogical practices to create inclusive classroom atmospheres or learning objects.

eCourse outline

Week 1: Introduction and Backward Design

  • What is instructional design?
  • Challenges and benefits of ID in library and IL instruction
  • Overview of instructional design models and their purposes
  • How to begin designing your instruction using backward design

Week 2: Student Motivation and Learning Theories

  • Overview of the learning theories and student motivation
  • Examining the effect of a learning theory on student motivation and how to leverage it

Week 3: Outcomes & Assessment

  • Developing learning outcomes that speak to your instructional goals
  • Aligning your outcomes and assessments so they work together
  • Creating assessments that effectively measure what you hope your learners will be able to do

Week 4: Choosing the Right Tools

  • Designing learner-centered instruction, not technology-centered instruction
  • Creating appropriate learning activities based on goals and assessment

About the Instructors

Nicole Pagowsky is a research and learning librarian with a focus on instruction at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include game-based learning and student motivation, critical pedagogy and student retention. She has an MLIS degree and MS in Educational Technology & Instructional Design from the University of Arizona and is currently co-editing a critical library instruction handbook to be published with ACRL Press.

Erica DeFrain is assistant professor and social sciences librarian with the Research and Instructional Services department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Her research interests include online learning environments, evaluation and analysis of teaching and learning, and adult learning styles. A doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology, she has an MLIS and MS in Educational Technology from the University of Arizona.

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on May 4, 2015, can be purchased at the ALA Store. Participants in this course will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message board participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (MP3 files), and downloading and viewing PDF and PowerPoint files.

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