For immediate release | February 5, 2016

Create online tutorials easily and effectively, new eCourse!

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing announces an exciting new eCourse, Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively. Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik will serve as the instructors for this four-week facilitated eCourse starting on Apr. 4, 2016.

Online tutorials are nearly ubiquitous in the library learning world – but are they effective? Are they easy to create? Rempel and Slebodnik will introduce you to the process and principles of creating tutorials that increase their effectiveness and ease, including accessibility to reach a wider audience and assessment in order to evaluate and reinforce learning.

During the course, you will use the ADDIE Model of instructional design to:

  • perform a needs analysis;
  • design learning objectives and effective instructional approaches;
  • find or develop accessible content (images, audio, and text);
  • produce and implement a simple tutorial with an eye on usability and ongoing maintenance;
  • develop a plan to evaluate student learning and tutorial impact.

During the eCourse, you will design your own simple tutorial with free online tools like Jing and SurveyMonkey. Although you’ll be utilizing free tools in this eCourse, you will also learn about additional tools (both free and fee-based) that may be useful for your own projects. Along the way you will be provided with practical tools, guidance, and feedback to help you approach the creation of tutorials with confidence and a beginning level of expertise. This eCourse will encourage participants to share their tutorial needs and experiences to consider strategies that will enable them to plan future tutorial development.

About the Instructors

Hannah Gascho Rempel is an associate professor at Oregon State University Libraries in the Teaching and Engagement Department. Since joining OSU in 2007, she has spearheaded the development of OSU Libraries’ services for graduate students and has been deeply involved in the Teaching and Engagement Department’s transition to a more strategic focus on instruction activities. Hannah earned her master of library and information science degree at the University of Washington. Prior to working at OSU, she served as an adult reference librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Hannah is co-author of the book Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

Maribeth Slebodnik is an associate librarian in the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona, where she is the embedded librarian in the College of Nursing. She was the biomedical sciences information specialist and an associate professor in the Purdue University Libraries from 2006-2015. Maribeth has created tutorials for a variety of students including beginning biology students and graduate nursing and nutrition science students. She is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association. Maribeth is co-author of the book Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

Registration for this facilitated eCourse, which begins on Apr. 4, 2016, 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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