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Instructional Design Essentials
Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain
Item Number: 1541-9042
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, September 15, 2014 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 24
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will be able to:

  • Identify major principles of instructional design to apply to your teaching
  • Incorporate appropriate learning theories into your instructional materials to reach learners effectively
  • Develop an assessment plan appropriate for the instructional objectives to link goals, assessment, and feedback with the overall instructional design of your course or workshop
  • Select and effectively integrate appropriately matched technologies and teaching tools to enhance your instruction and students’ learning
  • Become familiar with critical information literacy pedagogical practices in order to create an inclusive classroom atmosphere and engender awareness of all students

In this eCourse, instructional librarians Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will provide you with a foundation in instructional design. Whether you present face-to-face workshops or develop online tutorials, this course will help you hone your teaching skills and prepare you for your instructional needs. During the course, you will complete an instructional design plan for one of your upcoming workshops, courses, or tutorials, and will receive feedback on it from the instructors and fellow participants.

eCourse Outline

Week 1: Introduction and Instructional Design Models

  • What is instructional design? Its benefits? Problems?
  • Overview of instructional design models and their purposes
  • Activity: You will choose an instructional design model to use in constructing your own lesson plan and will develop learning outcomes. You will be able to explain why you chose this model and how it fits best with your learning environment and learning outcomes.

Week 2: Student Motivation and Learning Theories

  • What are the learning theories?
  • The effect of a learning theory on student motivation and how to leverage it
  • Impression management theories and student motivation (brief)
  • Activity: You will use learning theories to align the course structure with learning outcomes, environment, and types of learners. This week you will reflect on impression management in order to leverage your students’ motivation.

Week 3: Assessment

  • Tying assessment to learning outcomes
  • Activity: You will develop assessments to align with your learning outcomes and course design.

Week 4: Choosing the Right Tools

  • Learner-centered courses, not technology-centered courses
  • Developing appropriate learning activities based on goals and assessment
  • Activity: You will outline learning activities and tools that you could implement in your lesson.

Every week’s lesson will offer optional reading and activities for using critical pedagogies to take your instructional design a step further.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on Monday, September 15, 2014. Your participation will require approximately three hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructors Nicole Pagowsky and Erica DeFrain will monitor discussion boards regularly during the four-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on September 15 or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

Participants will need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

About the Instructors

Nicole Pagowsky is an Instruction Librarian at the University of Arizona. Her research interests include critical pedagogy; game-based learning and digital badges; and student retention. She has an MLIS degree and MS in Educational Technology & Instructional Design from the University of Arizona.

Erica DeFrain is a librarian with the Research and Instructional Services department at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. Her research interests include online learning environments and adult learning styles. A doctoral candidate in the Educational Psychology, she has an MLIS and MS in Educational Technology from the University of Arizona.


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