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Online teaching and learning : a practical guide for librarians
Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, [2017]
Physical Description:
xix, 239 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
Refresher on learning theory -- Instructional design for online teaching and learning -- Preplanning and planning online instruction -- Designing the online course -- Implementing, assessing, reflecting on the online course -- Asynchronous teaching and learning -- Embedded librarianship: partnering outside the library -- Blended learning: combining two worlds -- Flipped online teaching and learning -- MOOCs: raising the library's profile -- What's ahead in online teaching and learning for librarians?
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371.334 Crane 4-Week Loan

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State Library of Oregon1Received on 4/13/17



Designed for experienced librarians, librarians new to the profession, and library school students, Online Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians provides a comprehensive framework that encompasses all aspects of planning, designing, creating, implementing, and assessing online learning for all types of libraries, including public, academic, special, and K-12. It also provides a valuable guide for teachers, administrators, and other educators. Online Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians features three main sections: -Section I: Theory into Practice forms the basis in theory of learning that ultimately influences practice. It includes definition, importance in today's society, benefits and challenges, and categories and types of online learning with examples to illustrate each. -Section II: Creating Online Instruction explores how to create an online course--describing components and stepping through the process using a model on the topic of information literacy. Design and instructional tips for creating other types of online instruction are also given. -Section III: Practical Applications provides examples of different types of online instruction and materials in all types of libraries. Then, step-by-step detail explains how librarians can create this type of instruction and/or learning materials on their own. Included are worksheets, handouts, and exercises. Online Teaching and Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians puts it all together to provide what the library must consider as it prepares for this new challenge and opportunity. It provides a comprehensive guide instructing online programs how to employ library services as part of their program. It is also designed to instruct librarians to incorporate the skills necessary to build a virtual library environment and teach the skills required to meet the needs of online learners. As the educational landscape changes with blended and online learning taking center stage, new and established librarians need a guide to inform them of skills they will need and show them how to create the resources for their new online audience.

Author Notes

Beverley E. Crane has an Ed.D. in Instructional Technology/Design, providing a background, both theoretical and practical, in designing instructional materials of all kinds and using technology as a part of learning--both important to online learning. Her B.A. and M.Ed. are in education forming the basis of her training to develop and write instructional materials. She has also taught both face-to-face and online courses at three universities and middle school and high school to students, other educators, and librarians in all types of libraries.

Reviews 1

Booklist Review

Increasingly, librarians are asked to instruct using technology. Most librarians (except school librarians) typically do not get training in technology-based instructional design, let alone basic instruction. This book delivers on its title, providing a basic introduction to this important function. Crane brings her educational-technology expertise and other writing to this volume. She begins by reviewing learning theory, focusing on adult learning, which is the core instructional audience. She then describes an instructional-design model and explains how to plan and design an online course. Part 3 consists of instructional-delivery modes, each with a detailed information-literacy course or unit design: asynchronous course, embedded librarianship model, blended learning, flipped instruction, and MOOCs. She ends with a brief outlook at emerging online-education trends and their implications for librarians. Each chapter concludes with exercises, a reference list, and further readings. The book has many diagrams and charts to help the librarian design instruction, and several lists of websites provide added resources for each instructional example. This is a very practical introduction and includes current information, such as open educational resources (OERs) and embedded librarianship. She discusses learning-management systems (LMS) but does not mention that librarians usually have to use systems already in place at their institutions, so they should consider the LMS's features early in designing instruction. She could have also discussed iterative design and improvement. Nevertheless, this very readable, basic guide for librarians will be a good starting point for them.--Farmer, Lesley Copyright 2017 Booklist