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Creative Instructional Design: Practical Application for Libraries


Library and Information Services


After attending the 2012 ACRL Immersion Teacher Track Program in Burlington, Vermont, I had a greater understanding of how and why careful planning relates directly to student engagement and learning. Perhaps not quite as obvious is how instructional design (ID) corresponds to the confidence of an instructor. In order to meet the demands of our library instruction program, we rely on graduate teaching assistants and library paraprofessionals to teach the one-shot sessions requested by teaching faculty. However, these employees do not always come with teaching experience and they come from outside the library science discipline, so information literacy is many times a foreign concept. With the right tools and training, graduate teaching assistants and paraprofessional staff can confidently and effectively teach engaging lessons on not only how to use library resources but also how to critically evaluate information.