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Teaching Online Track at ACRL

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Head to ACRL next week? I am! I’m excited to be presenting both a webcast and a TechConnect presentation. This will be my first ACRL presentations!

Interested in scaling up your instruction by going online? Thinking about launching your own badges program? I love it when conferences offer “tracks” of programs on a given topic. Unfortunately ACRL has only a “Teaching and Learning” category which encompasses a huge number of diverse programs!

So, I made my own “Teaching Online Track!” (Which includes my two programs on badges, of course!)

Here are a bunch of sessions at ACRL that relate to online teaching, tutorial development, and instructional design, which is especially important when developing online content and assessment:

  • Digital Badges Exposed: Technology Behind a Library Badges Program
    Thursday 10:00 to 11:00 am, Live Webcast
    Our academic library has issued thousands of digital badges to students for mastering basic library concepts using tutorials with built-in assessment and our Learning Management System – no manual grading required! In this interactive session, participants will learn about the necessary technology for a badges program and effective learning object design for issuing badges. Participants will also analyze their campus’ learning infrastructure for opportunities for implementing a badge program.
  • Take It Online: Building Librarian Competency in Online Teaching and Learning
    Thursday 2:40 to 3:00 pm, Room 324-326 (Paper)
    By using a successful online/hybrid teaching certificate program as a framework, the argument will be made for including librarians in faculty professional development activities in order to build librarians’ capacity to support online learning. Presentation will include ideas for developing a strong online instructional presence and best practices in engaging online learners.
  • Teaching Librarians About How to Teach Online
    Thursday 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Poster Session 35
    Learn about a series of free online modules to teach librarians and library workers how to teach online. See examples of how students have applied their learning to projects in their own libraries while studying instructional design, technologies, diversity, community, and social media. This poster will highlight the tools and methods that participants from academic libraries have found most valuable, for you to apply when developing online instruction for your own institution.
  • Anchoring Online Learning Content in Student Knowledge Practices
    Thursday 3:00 to 4:00 pm, Poster Session 39
    Find out how one university library is using student knowledge practices to inform the creation of online learning content that supports student success in research and information literacy. View our newly adopted student knowledge practices, which incorporate language from the ACRL Framework, alongside two of our online learning objects: a completed online learning module for literature research and an in-progress Research DIY website focused on supporting students throughout all steps of the research process.
  • Teaching Digital Humanities Tools at a Distance: A Librarian-Instructor Partnership Integrating Scalar into a Graduate Distance Course
    Thursday 3:40 pm to 4:00 pm, Room 337-338 (Paper)
    Attendees will discover teaching strategies for integrating digital humanities publishing tools into distance learning. The presentation will outline the partnership between a subject librarian and an instructor to develop digital scholarship learning outcomes and measures in a history of children’s literature course. The authors highlight challenges and support mechanisms for teaching digital tools at a distance when there is no option for an in-class “hands on” session to introduce students to tools.
  • Digital Badges Exposed: Technology Behind a Library Badges Program
    Thursday 4:00 to 4:20 pm, Room 317 (TechConnect)
    Our academic library has issued thousands of digital badges to students for mastering basic library concepts using tutorials with built-in assessment and our Learning Management System – no manual grading required! Students earn a badge for each tutorial completed with a 100% score (repeatable), and both librarians and faculty may track their progress. Learn how we did it, and let’s discuss how to choose the technologies to structure a sustainable badges program.
  • Taking a Different Tack: Adapting First-Year Information Literacy Instruction to the Online Environment
    Friday 8:30 to 9:30 am, Room 318-320 (Panel)
    Budget, staffing, and scheduling constraints might prevent the academic library from meeting all the demands for first-year instruction via the standard face-to-face format. Three academic librarians from small, medium-sized, and large institutions will discuss the challenges of and opportunities for providing alternative information literacy instruction to first-year students in virtual learning environments, such as cultivating new learner behaviors to remove barriers to success, optimizing course content for online delivery, and achieving personalized learning experiences.
  • Transforming First-Year Writing Library Instruction into Engaging Online Modules
    Friday 9:30 to 10:30 am, Poster Session 36
    With the rising number of students choosing to complete their college degrees online, it is important for libraries to produce intentionally-crafted online information literacy instruction. To this end, we crafted engaging, interactive multimodal online modules for first-year writing courses. These modules provide high quality instruction using student learning outcomes (SLOs) and activities from face-to-face instruction sessions. This poster shows attendees how to map SLOs, craft interactive learning modules quickly, and assess them for incremental improvement.
  • Scaling up: Using online tutorials to maximize library reach in the sciences and health sciences
    Friday 9:30 to 10:30 am, Poster Session 48
    This poster will describe how they used online tutorials to “scale up” their instruction efforts in the face of a quickly increasing student population. Preliminary assessment data from a project comparing the achievement of student learning from the tutorials versus in-person instruction will be presented.
  • Library Orientation in Blackboard: Supporting Online & Distance Learners
    Friday 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm, Poster Session 37
    This session explores how online library orientation progressed from initial course request to selecting and balancing technology resources, how development of library tours and tutorials, creation of overview and instructional videos (Tellagami, Animoto, Screencast-O-Matic) impacted course content, and how inclusion of library social media helped develop a project inherently valuable to students.
  • Interactivity and Gamification in Virtual Library Learning Objects
    Friday 2:00 to 3:00 pm, Poster Session 47
    See how our library has reimagined Orientation, following two students as they progress through a variety of interactive learning scenarios. Students must click, hover, drag, drop and explore to proceed. Additional examples of virtual gaming experiences created by our library will be demoed.
  • Standardizing and Managing Online Tutorials for Improved Learning
    Friday 4:35 to 4:55, Room 321-323 (Paper)
    Learn how to standardize and improve the look, functionality and accessibility of your online learning objects to improve students’ learning and improve their experience.

Did I miss any? Post them in the comments below!