Introduction to Instructional Design for Librarians

Monday, 9/11/2017 - Friday, 10/20/2017

(Live Chats on Mondays at 5 p.m. CST / 6 p.m. EST)

Students will learn to use the Instructional Design Process and apply it effectively to library instruction which includes: identifying instructional problems, learner analysis, task analysis, defining instructional objectives, sequencing content, identifying instructional strategies, message design, instructional delivery, and evaluation instruments.

Required Textbook

This course will utilize:
Designing effective instruction (2012)
by Gary Morrison and Steven Ross (7th edition)
ISBN 9781118359990

(Note: An older edition is fine for this class).


Week 1
Identifying instructional problems: Learner analysis. What is an instructional problem? How do we identify and instructional problem? What is a learner analysis? How is a learner analysis conducted? How do you apply the results of a learner analysis? Lecture/Discussion, Online discussion board

Week 2
Task Analysis: What is a task analysis? How do we perform a task analysis? Identify different types of task analysis methods Lecture/Discussion, Work through a task analysis of a common task

Week 3
Instructional objectives: Content sequencing What is an instructional objective? What is the purpose of an objective? How do you write an effective instructional objective? What is content sequencing? How do we sequence content?/What should we consider? Why is content sequencing important? Lecture/Discussion, Online discussion board

Week 4
Instructional strategies: What is an instructional strategy? How do we select instructional strategies and how do we apply them? Heuristics Lecture/Discussion

Week 5
Message design Instructional Delivery: What is message design? What must we consider with message design? Basic message design principles. How is instruction delivered? What are the most effective delivery methods and how do we apply them appropriately? Lecture/Discussion

Week 6
Evaluation Instruments: How do we evaluate instruction? What are appropriate evaluation instruments? How do we apply evaluation results? Revision Lecture/Discussion

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply an appropriate instructional design model for library instruction
  • Students will be able to develop a task analysis
  • Students will be able to develop a complete instructional unit

Who Should Attend

Anyone working in a library with instructional responsibilities.


Carla L. James
MLIS-UNCG (1997)
PhD Candidate Instructional Design & Technology-Old Dominion University (Present) More than 20 years of experience in academic, medical, public, school and special libraries. Adjunct Professor-UVA Wise (present) teaching reference and bibliography in their LMS endorsement program.



  • $130 for RUSA members
  • $175 for ALA members
  • $210 for non-ALA members
  • $100 for student members and retired members

How to Register

  • Online
  • By Fax: download, complete, and fax form (PDF format) to (312) 280-1538
  • By Mail: download, complete, and mail form (PDF format) to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS/Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL 60611

Tech Requirements

ALA will use Moodle for all online educational courses. Learn more about Moodle at

The Moodle login instructions will be sent the Friday before the start date. The course site will remain open one week after the end date for students to complete any assignments and submit the course evaluation survey.

You will receive access instructions from Jennifer by Friday. If you registered after Friday morning, you should have the instructions by Monday morning.


Questions about your registration should be directed to Technical questions about the webinar should be directed to Jennifer Cross, RUSA Web Manager, at

Thank you and we look forward to your participation!