New eCourse from ALA Editions: Intermediate Instructional Design for Information Literacy

For Immediate Release
Fri, 07/31/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Editions announces a new eCourse, Intermediate Instructional Design for Information Literacy. Cinthya Ippoliti will serve as the instructor for this six-week facilitated eCourse starting on Sept. 14, 2015.

Instructional design is a daunting task. What may be more daunting is changing a program and class that already exists. Yet, many librarians are asked to design and teach without a background in library instruction. In this intermediate eCourse, librarian and instructional design expert Cinthya Ippoliti will use her years of experience in library instruction to show you how you can put the principles of instructional design to work utilizing a specific type of instructional design model called design thinking.

The eCourse is designed as a case study where you will work with an existing instructional problem that you will resolve through the design thinking process. As you work through this process, you will use lectures, readings, and videos to build the foundation that you put into action.

The design thinking model allows those who are interested in creating a new IL program from scratch or updating an existing program/course to tackle this work from a different perspective. The perspective engages with the overall goals of design thinking as a humanistic, experimental and collaborative process that, much like information literacy (IL), is not linear. It encourages failure, as much as success, and allows for reflection as part of the process towards developing a better product, or in this case, a better approach to IL instruction.

eCourse outline

  • Week 1: Introduction to design thinking and course overview
  • Week 2: Interviews with stakeholders
  • Week 3: Problem statement definition
  • Week 4: Solution generation
  • Week 5: Testing and analysis
  • Week 6: Presentation of case studies

About the Instructor

Cinthya Ippoliti is the associate dean for research and learning services at Oklahoma State University. Her career in public services in both small and large institutions has spanned over a decade and includes experience with instructional best practices and pedagogy for first year programs, assessment, instructional technology and most recently, the services, spaces and programming for the Terrapin Learning Commons (TLC).

Registration for this ALA Editions facilitated eCourse, which begins on Sept. 14, 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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