In 2015, I signed up for Design for Learning (D4L) an online course that taught library workers how to design instruction and teach online. It was created through a partnership of the Empire State Library Network and Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, with funding from an IMLS grant.
I was in the second cohort, and the class was taught on the Moodle course management system. I have done a lot of teaching in-person, and presented a handful of webinars, but this dealt with a different kind of education – asynchronous online learning, where not all students are viewing the content at the same time. This was new to me, so I definitely learned a lot of new strategies and techniques. I particularly got a lot of information out of the second module, the “Foundation” module, which got into the nuts & bolts of planning the course content and how to deliver it.
As the project manager for Ask Us 24/7, New York State’s cooperative chat reference service, I used that as material for my capstone project, where we had to develop part of a real online course. This project became the basis for a course that WNYLRC is offering in October: Online Searching for Librarians Doing Virtual Reference. You can sign up on our website, like all of our workshops, and will later receive a login to our course space on WNYLRC’s Moodle site.
D4L has now been adapted for, and moved to, Webjunction, as a self-paced course. I highly recommend it if you want to learn how to teach online.