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D4L Foundation Module

Instructional Design for Online Learning: Techniques and Pedagogy


Welcome to the Foundation Module!  The Learning Outcomes and Syllabus are below.

Learning Outcomes:

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


Week 1

Topic 1. 7 Steps to Effective Online Teaching. Formal Instructional Design Strategy Overview.

  • Lectures: The Importance of Teaching and Learning Online for Libraries; 
    Instructional Design for Online Teaching and the 7 Step Instructional Design Strategy in Particular; 
    Time Constraints and Requirements
  • Guided Conversation on the Instructional Design Process Forum
  • Learning Activity 1. Deciding on Your Topic and Instructional Unit for the Capstone Module Project
Week 2

Topic 2. Focus on Instructional Design Steps 1 through 4. You will assess instructional needs, identify potential learners, conduct an instructional analysis, and develope learning outcomes.

Week 3

Topic 3. Focus on Instructional Design Steps 5 through 7. You will plan instructional strategies; including instructional presentation and learner participation; as well as planning for instructional tools,  instructional materials; and formative and summative evaluation.

Weeks 4-6

Topic 4. Draft Your Instructional Design Plan for your Capstone Module Project and Participate in Peer Review of your Classmates' ID Plan Drafts

In these final weeks of the Foundation (Instructional Design ) Module, you will put it all your work together in a draft instructional design plan for your Capstone Module Practice Teaching Project for Spring 2016. By then, you'll have made lots of changes, but a journey must begin someplace!

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. 
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation's 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more,
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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.