LOEX Presentation: Developing an Online Credit-bearing Information Fluency Course: Lessons Learned

May 5, 2009 at 12:45 pm 1 comment

Last Friday, I presented at the LOEX Annual Conference with colleagues Leslie Sult and Yvonne Mery. The title of our talk was, “Developing an Online Credit-bearing Information Fluency Course: Lessons Learned.” We reviewed how we developed, implemented, and evaluated the undergraduate Skillful Researcher (UNVR195a) course. To get some backgound, you can take a look at my post from last April when the class was first approved.

We had a good turnout, and the audience actively participated by asking questions and sharing their own experiences. It seemed like a very timely topic, as many other instruction librarians are going towards both online teaching and credit-bearing courses.

Here is our powerpoint to give you an idea of what we talked about, I hope others find this helpful and share any comments:

We also had a handout with a list of things to Try and to Avoid in online instruction, which I’ll share here:

Try It Avoid It
Establishing and following course objectives Designing as you go
Keeping tutorials short Trying to put everything in one tutorial
Keeping text to a minimum Overusing text
Using smart graphics Using images that are purely decorative
Including audio Overusing PowerPoint
Using provocative discussion questions Making assignments the discussion questions
Including self-assessments Depending only on quizzes for students’ assessment
Participating in discussions Assuming students will participate in  discussions on their own
Grading discussions Having optional discussions
Writing clear directions Assuming students will know what to do
Paying close attention to course navigation Over-depending on the navigation in the CMS
Responding to students promptly Assuming that students do not need immediate feedback
Listening to feedback Ever thinking you’re “done”
Preparing for a significant time commitment Assuming teaching will be less work because it’s online

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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. Keith Rocci  |  May 26, 2009 at 11:23 am

    You guys rock! I miss working with you😦


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