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D4L Technologies Module

Technological Tools for Teaching


Welcome to the Technologies Module!  This module will give you an overview of and practice with various screencasting tools and online tutorials.  Learning outcome and syllabus are listed below.

Syllabus for the Technologies Module (4 weeks)

Technologies Module: Technological Tools for Online Teaching

Lead Teachers:

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this module, you will be able to:

  • Identify a variety of screencasting and online tutorial creation software

  • Evaluate screencasting and online tutorial software

  • Identify 2 library online screencasts or tutorials and evaluate them

  • Identify best practices for creating screencasts and tutorials

  • Further develop the outline or script created in the Foundation module for a 5 minute screencast or tutorial(not all topics in the outline or script have to be included)

  • Select a screencasting software and create a 5 minute screencast or tutorial to be uploaded to the circle forum

  • Provide peer feedback to at least 2 other students on their screencast or tutorial

Required Reading:

Ruffini, Michael F.  2012. "Screencasting to Engage Learning" EDUCAUSE Review.


Week 1: 

Topic 1. Overview and Demonstrations of Instructional Tools

  • Recorded Lecture on screencasting and creating online tutorials -

  • Optional live discussion will be offered in Adobe connect on selecting and evaluating software for screencasting.

  • Learning Activity 1 - Look at library sites and pick out 2 screencasts or online tutorials you think are excellent. These can be from any type of library that interests you. Post the link to them to the discussion board and why you think they are high quality in a paragraph or two. Explain the best practices you think these tutorials are using. What learning needs do you think these screencasts meet?

Week 2: 

Topic 2: Screencasting - The Foundation of Online Instruction

  • Optional live discussion will be offered in Adobe Connect on best practices in creating a screencast
  • What kind of screencast would you like to create? Think about your library's website, what you have found people need most help with that would make a good screencast and why. Think about the design you created in the Foundation module. Add to or edit this product for your screencast. If a script is more helpful to you, you can do that and post it to the forum. Post by May 1.

Week 3:

Topic 3: Screencasting Your Tutorial

  • Participants will choose an instructional tool to use and create a 5 minute screencast using the Instructional Design you created in the Foundation module, the further outline or script created in this module and post a link to the forum for feedback.

Topic 4: Sharing Screencasts with Your Peers

  • Optional live discussion will be offered in Adobe Connect on lessons learned in creating screencast.
  • Participants post and present their 5 minute instructional tool demonstration screencasts to share with their learning circles and the whole cohort. This creation will be included in the capstone project and give participants some experience using a tool to create the final product. Participants provide peer review for at least 2 other students after posting their own.


Funding Statement

The Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant Project #RE-06-14-0014-14. 
Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, Laura Bush 21st Century Bibliotecario Proyecto Grant # RE-06-14-0014-14. 
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Project partners are the Empire State Library NetworkSouth Central Regional Library Council, and the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University

This project is administered by the South Central Regional Library Council with funding from the Institue for Museum and Library Services.