Round Table Discussion April 18th

Topic: Assessing Asynchronous Engagement

April 18th at 3:00 pm EST

The ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group invites you to join us for the next DLS Round Table Discussion!

A large portion of distance librarianship depends on teaching, supporting, and collaborating with students asynchronously. Motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses was the focus of our first round table discussion. Now we would like to expand upon our strategies for assessing these interactions – both assessing student learning outcomes as well as keeping track of our interactions..

We encourage new and experienced librarians to take part in this discussion. These discussions are about learning and sharing. You will be a valuable addition whether you are just getting started or you have all the answers.

Register to participate in this interactive session now! Participation is limited to the first 90 registrants!!

Please send any questions to the DLS Discussion Group Co-Chairs, Kristin Heathcock ( and Lindsey Wharton (

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Feedback Requested!

The DLS Strategic Planning Committee updated the DLS Section Manual and the draft is available for feedback, comments, etc. The areas in the manual that were updated include:

  • charges to reflect the new committee structure
  • membership data
  • past leadership information
  • names of committees throughout the document where necessary

Please review and make comments by COB  April 7, 2017.

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RoundTable Conversation: Tools for Online Learning

Join the Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee in our RoundTable Conversation
Theme: Tools for Online Learning

Participate in an online RoundTable Conversation with your professional colleagues. Attendees will be placed in a breakout room so all can engage in an active conversations. This month’s theme encourages conversation about tutorial creation software, web conferencing, best practices, pedagogy with online tools, social media and accessibility.

Microphones strongly encouraged.

Date: March 1st, 2017

Time: 2:00pm EST, 1:00pm CST, 11:00am PST

Event Registration Page (FREE):

Event Login Page:

Only registered users may enter the room, space is limited so register today!


Questions? Email Natalie Bennett or Anjali Bhasin, DLS Instruction Committee co-chairs

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Using the Community of Inquiry to Engage Online Students

Date: Tuesday, January 31st, 2:00 – 3:00 pm Eastern; 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM Pacific

Speaker: Marcia Rapchak, Duquesne University

Register online at This event will feature 45 minutes of presentation with 15 minutes for questions and discussion.

Finding a way to keep distance students feeling engaged and connected can be a challenge. Distance students need to interact with educational content, of course, but is that enough? According to the Community of Inquiry (CoI) model (Garrison, Anderson, & Archer, 2000) online education environments require three interdependent elements – teaching, social, and cognitive presence – to generate effective learning. This session will provide attendees with research-based methods of increasing all three presences in online environments so that students interact with each other, the content, and the instructor in ways that move them through critical inquiry and discovery, ultimately deepening the learning experience.

Join us on Twitter to continue the discussion by using #dlsinquiry.

We look forward to seeing you at the event,

Lindsey Wharton,


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Round Table Conversation

Topic: All about Videos

Join the Distance Learning Section Discussion Group for our first Roundtable Conversation. Our goal is to gather distance learning librarians into breakout rooms to encourage active conversations about this month’s topic: All About Videos – technology, relevance, accessibility, and assessment. Discussion will be focused on how we use technology to create engaging, accessible, relevant videos and how we assess their value. Space is limited, so sign up today!

Date: Tuesday November 29th

Time: 2:30 PM Eastern, (1:30 PM Central, 12:30 PM Mountain, 11:30 AM Pacific)

Register online (FREE):

For questions, contact either Dr. Kristin Heathcock at or Lindsey Wharton at

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