For immediate release | December 26, 2013

'How to Teach Online: A Beginner's Guide'

CHICAGO - ALA TechSource announces an exciting new workshop, How to Teach Online: A Beginner’s Guide, with Paul Signorelli and Dan Freeman. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place at 2:30 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014.

From webinars to online courses to MOOCs, the flexibility and affordability of online learning is an appealing option for libraries. But for those who have never taught online, the thought of jumping into it for the first time can be intimidating. In this workshop, online instruction expert Paul Signorelli joins Dan Freeman, ALA Publishing’s eLearning manager, to demonstrate how practical and effective teaching online can be, no matter your level of experience. Signorelli and Freeman will show you how to use a variety of formats to provide quality online training and instruction, in ways that use your strengths to get your message across.

Topics include:

  • accomplishing online what you can accomplish onsite—overcoming the myth that onsite learning trumps online learning;
  • presenting online vs. in-person—similarities and differences;
  • building engagement and audience participation into your online instruction;
  • different formats for online presentation;
  • how to bring your in-person strengths to online presentation;
  • finding your comfort zone.

About the Instructors

Paul Signorelli has more than 20 years’ experience as a learning leader for libraries and other organizations and businesses. As director of staff training (six years) and volunteer services (14 years) at the San Francisco Public Library system, he created, implemented and managed numerous training plans. He continues to serve as a writer, trainer, onsite and online presenter and consultant for a variety of organizations and remains active in the American Library Association Learning Round Table and with ASTD (the American Society for Training & Development), where he has held leadership positions at the local and national level, including his current role (January 2011-December 2013) as a member of ASTD's National Advisors for Chapters. He can be reached at, through his website (, and through his Building Creative Bridges blog.

Dan Freeman is the eLearning manager for ALA Publishing. He has produced, facilitated and taught hundreds of webinars and eCourses.

Registration for this ALA TechSource Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates. This workshop will last 90 minutes and take place on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern.

ALA TechSource Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands‐on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

ALA TechSource is a publishing imprint of the American Library Association. ALA TechSource publishes Library Technology Reports and the ALA TechSource Blog.

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Dan Freeman

eLearning Manager

ALA Publishing

ALA Publishing