Online Tutorials: Creating them Easily and Effectively eCourse

You must complete your registration in advance of the eCourse by following the instructions contained in the PDF download that accompanies your purchase. The download can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase and may also be accessed from your account. Select "My Account" and then select the "Files" tab to see all of your digital downloads.

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$ 157.50
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From:  April 9, 2018
To:  May 6, 2018
Delivery Method: 
Attendance Cert.
4 weeks
Estimated Hours of Learning: 
24 Hours
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Online tutorials are nearly ubiquitous in the library learning world – but are they effective? Are they easy to create? In this eCourse, Rempel and Slebodnik will introduce you to the process and principles of creating tutorials in order to increase their impact and effectiveness. These principles include 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 as a guide while you:

  • 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 may design your own simple tutorial with free online tools like Jing and SurveyMonkey, or with tools you already own. Although you’ll be utilizing free tools in this eCourse, you will also consider 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 as well as to consider strategies that will enable them to plan future tutorial development.

While 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
  • Learn to choose and use tools appropriate for the content you want to teach
  • Implement a tutorial that is usable and accessible for a variety of learners
  • Evaluate how effective your tutorial has been in promoting learning

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed by selecting "My Account" at the top of your screen and then selecting the "Files" tab. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

How this eCourse Works
The eCourse begins on April 9, 2018. Your participation will require approximately four to five hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. There are no live sessions. 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 Hannah Gascho Rempel and Maribeth Slebodnik will 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 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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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
    • Usability
    • Accessibility
  • Evaluation
    • Formative and summative evaluation
    • Writing assessment questions based on learning objectives
    • Demonstrating impact

Week 4

  • Implementation
    • Usability testing
    • Promotion and implementation plans
  • Learning new tutorial skills
  • Summary

Hannah Gascho Rempel

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

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 earned her MLS from Indiana University, and was a corporate librarian in St. Louis. Maribeth is co-author of the book Creating Online Tutorials: A Practical Guide for Librarians.

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