Episode 202: Instructional Design

Instructional design types - Hamdani

This week we are talking about Instructional Design. (Thanks to one of our loyal listeners, Chuck, for suggesting this topic!)

A big part of the work you do in any library is to provide instruction in all kinds of things to our patrons. We do this individually, we do this in small groups, in one-shot sessions or in classes lasting a week or a semester. This is where we see that no matter how broad and wonderfully diverse our profession is (we are! It’s what makes us special!), most of what we do is really similar.

No matter what kind of library, or archive, or museum, or history center you might work in – our fundamental mission is to serve our community. And one of the main ways we serve people is to instruct them in all kinds of stuff. The specifics of what the content of instruction will be in your library will depend on your materials and your community needs. But the basics of instruction are the same across all of us.

Contents of our podcast page (click to go there):
  • Intro
  • Background
  • Basics of Instructional Design
    • Instruction theory
    • Setting objectives
    • Connect to students
    • Strategies for instruction
    • Outcomes
    • Doing assessment and evaluation
    • Connect back later to be sure learning worked
  • Books We are Reading
  • Conclusion
  • Other Resources
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