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Intermediate Instructional Design for Information Literacy eCourse
Cinthya Ippoliti
Item Number: 1541-9110
Publisher: ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions
Price: $250.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning May 2, 2016 and continuing for 6 weeks
An ALA Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourse facilitated by Cinthya Ippoliti

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Estimated Hours of Learning: 36
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this course, you will gain the:

  • Understand the basic five-part process of design thinking
  • Grasp the reframe tool or skill-based IL concepts and apply to learning challenges
  • Be able to generate new approaches to teach IL concepts
  • Use this eCourse and the toolkits as a springboard to change an existing IL course, program, or activity

Instructional design is a daunting task. What may be more daunting is changing a program and class that already exists. Yet, many librarians are asked to design and teach without a background in library instruction. In this intermediate eCourse, librarian and instructional design expert Cinthya Ippoliti will use her years of experience in library instruction to show you how you can put the principles of instructional design to work utilizing a specific type of instructional design model called design thinking.

The eCourse is designed as a case study where you will work with an existing instructional problem that you will resolve through the design thinking process. As you work through this process, you will use lectures, readings, and videos to build the foundation that you put into action.

The design thinking model allows those who are interested in creating a new IL program from scratch or updating an existing program/course to tackle this work from a different perspective. The perspective engages with the overall goals of design thinking as a humanistic, experimental and collaborative process that, much like information literacy (IL), is not linear. It encourages failure, as much as success, and allows for reflection as part of the process towards developing a better product, or in this case, a better approach to IL instruction.

eCourse Outline

Week 1: Introduction to design thinking and course overview

  • Homework: Case study-submit an existing IL course, program or activity you’d like to update

Week 2: Interviews with stakeholders

  • Homework: Submit interview results

Week 3: Problem statement definition

  • Homework: Submit problem identified as a result of interviews

Week 4: Solution generation

  • Homework: Submit possible solutions

Week 5: Testing and analysis

  • Homework: Reflection on changes based on feedback

Week 6: Presentation of case studies

  • Homework: Final comments

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on Monday, May 2, 2016. Your participation will require approximately six 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
Instructor Cinthya Ippoliti will monitor discussion boards regularly during the six-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 the first day of class 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 Publishing eLearning Solutions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.

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About the Instructor

Cinthya Ippoliti is the Associate Dean for Research and Learning Services at Oklahoma State University. Her career in public services in both small and large institutions has spanned over a decade and includes experience with instructional best practices and pedagogy for first year programs, assessment, instructional technology and most recently, the services, spaces and programming for the Terrapin Learning Commons (TLC).


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