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Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively eCourse
Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik
Item Number: 1541-9164
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $175.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning April 4, 2016 and continuing for 4 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik

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

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:
  • Create a learner-centered tutorial that is based on information relevant to your context
  • Design an instructional strategy based on learning goals that clearly link to assessment outcomes
  • Develop a tutorial using tools appropriate for the content you want to teach
  • Implement a tutorial that will be user friendly for your learners
  • Evaluate how effective your tutorial has been in promoting learning

Online tutorials are nearly ubiquitous in the library learning world – but are they effective? Are they easy to create? In this new eCourse, Rempel and Slebodnik will introduce you to the process and principles of creating tutorials that increase their effectiveness and ease, including accessibility to reach a wider audience and assessment in order to evaluate and reinforce learning.

During the course, you will use the ADDIE Model of instructional design to:

  • Perform a needs analysis
  • Design learning objectives and effective instructional approaches
  • Find or develop accessible content (images, audio, and text)
  • Produce and implement a simple tutorial with an eye on usability and ongoing maintenance
  • Develop a plan to evaluate student learning and tutorial impact

During the eCourse, you will design your own simple tutorial with free online tools like Jing and SurveyMonkey. Although you’ll be utilizing free tools in this eCourse, you will also learn about additional tools (both free and fee-based) that may be useful for your own projects. Along the way you will be provided with practical tools, guidance, and feedback to help you approach the creation of tutorials with confidence and a beginning level of expertise. This eCourse will encourage participants to share their tutorial needs and experiences to consider strategies that will enable them to plan future tutorial development.

eCourse Outline

Week 1

  • Intro to Course
  • Analysis
    • Learning Task Analysis
    • Learner Analysis
    • Tools Available
  • Design
    • Learning Objectives
    • Choosing Instructional strategies appropriate for tutorials
    • Analysis of knowledge types

Week 2

  • Design
    • Organizing a tutorial in a flexible way
    • Including a variety of content for learners
    • Cognitive Load
  • Development
    • Analyzing your available tools and resources
    • Tools for creating images and text

Week 3

  • Development
    • Accessibility
    • When to use different media types
  • Evaluation
    • Formative and summative evaluation
    • Writing assessment questions based on learning objectives
    • Demonstrating impact

Week 4

  • Implementation
    • Usability testing
    • Promotion and implementation plans
    • Maintenance plan
  • Taking it to the Next Level
    • Multi-modal learning
    • More on accessibility
    • Adding narration
  • Summary

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on April 4, 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 Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnikwill monitor discussion boards regularly during the 4-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 April 4 (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 Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructors

Hannah Gascho Rempel is an associate professor at Oregon State University Libraries in the Teaching and Engagement Department. Since joining OSU in 2007, she has spearheaded the development of OSU Libraries’ services for graduate students and has been deeply involved in the Teaching and Engagement Department’s transition to a more strategic focus on instruction activities. Hannah earned her master of library and information science degree at the University of Washington. Prior to working at OSU, she served as an adult reference librarian at the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library. Hannah is co-author of the book Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

Maribeth Slebodnik is an associate librarian in the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the University of Arizona, where she is the embedded librarian in the College of Nursing. She was the biomedical sciences information specialist and an associate professor in the Purdue University Libraries from 2006-2015. Maribeth has created tutorials for a variety of students including beginning biology students and graduate nursing and nutrition science students. She is a member of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) division of the American Library Association. Maribeth is co-author of the book Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians.


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