Demystifying Online Instruction in Libraries: People, Process, and Tools

ALA. 2019. 112p. ISBN 9780838919378. pap. $59.99. PRO MEDIA
Instructional design isn’t a new concept for academic libraries; however, not all institutions have staff who focus solely on the creation of learning objects and experiences. Turnbow (instructional design coordinator. Univ. of California, San Diego) and Roth (instructional technologies librarian, Univ. of California, San Diego) fill an enormous gap here as they lay out the basics of instructional design work, including popular methods, learning theories, and best practices related to collaboration and workflow. While the title highlights online instruction specifically, colleagues who are primarily teaching in face-to-face settings will also find this volume incredibly helpful. The authors provide examples of instructional design in action from their own experience, and they include forms and documentation that they use to formalize their collaborations and workflows.
VERDICT Librarians who lack formal instructional design training but who find themselves tasked with meeting the teaching and learning needs of their campuses will discover an invaluable primer here, as will librarians who have some expertise but have yet to formalize their workflows.
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