Modular Online Learning Design: A Flexible Approach for Diverse Learning Needs

ALA. Oct. 2020. 144p. ISBN 9780838948125. pap. $65.99. PRO MEDIA
Now more than ever, instructional design is a topic of conversation among educators in all levels and settings, including librarians who provide online learning content, from classroom teaching and instruction, to videos, research guides, and self-paced learning modules. Hess (e-learning, instructional technology, education librarian, Oakland Univ.; Transforming Academic Library Instruction) discusses creating content that can be easily “reused, scaled, modified, adapted, and transformed.” She describes modular design concepts and includes practical examples on small, medium, and large scales that let readers put theory into instructional context. Each chapter guides readers through practices such as identifying stakeholders and partners and ensuring that content is accessible to all users. Handy charts, checklists, and workflow models round out each chapter, and the comprehensive bibliography and index will be helpful. Although this book can be read sequentially, it will be equally useful as a point-of-need resource.
VERDICT Emphasizing flexibility and functionality, Hess’s book will aid librarians who want to save time and energy when creating online learning content.
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