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ACRL DLS Chair: Natalie Haber
Vice-Chair: Amanda Ziegler
Secretary: Stephanie Espinoza Villamor
Archivist: Andrea Hebert
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Members-at-Large: Karla Aleman and Jennifer Rundels

Virtual Events

November 19, 2019

ACRL DLS Instruction Committee Fall 2019 Round Table: Instructional Design for Distance Learning Librarians

On November 19th, the ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee hosted a roundtable conversation, “Instructional Design for Distance Learning Librarians.” 128 librarians attended. After a short presentation by guest speaker, Amanda Ziegler, attendees were placed in breakout rooms and engaged in discussion around instructional design best practices, processes, tools, and assessment. You can read the combined notes from all the breakout rooms here.

April 1-5, 2019

ACRL DLS Instruction Committee Virtual Poster Session

This week-long event featured over 35 virtual posters on various topics related to teaching and learning online. Presenters were available during that week to respond to comments on their posters. All virtual posters remain publicly available as an archive.

November 9th, 2018

ACRL DLS Instruction Committee Fall Round Table: Inclusive Teaching Practices in Online Learning

On November 9th, the ACRL Distance Learning Section Instruction Committee hosted a roundtable conversation, “Inclusive Teaching Practices in Online Learning.” Attendees were placed in breakout rooms and engaged in discussion around best practices, challenges, and resources on the topic. Below, you can watch the whole group introduction and the closing, where moderators shared a summary of the discussion in their breakout rooms. You can read the combined notes from all the breakout rooms here.

May 19th, 2017

Collaborative Instructional Design: Leveraging Resources to Build Online Learning Experiences

Student interest and participation in online courses and learning experiences are growing, but library budgets and resources are typically not. Collaborative instructional design is one way to leverage existing staff and technology to create library learning experiences for patrons in online spaces.

Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian for Kansas State University, discussed the case for collaborative design and guidelines for successful implementation based on her work leading an inter-institutional library instruction consortium. Particular focus was given to the design and development phases, including the use of the rapid prototyping model, and the logistics of team testing and assessment. Critical questions, transferable tips, and common challenges were shared.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/yxr0KUvgpKs

March 23rd, 2017

Notes from the 03/1/2017 DLS Round Table Conversation


Topic: Tools for Online Learning

It was a really fruitful conversation and many tools were discussed. Participant’s thoughts are summarized and hyperlinked to the corresponding website.

Any questions can be sent to Natalie Bennett.

November 7, 2016

Notes from the 10/24/16 DLS Round Table Conversation


Topic: Motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses

On Monday, 10/24/16 the DLS Instruction Committee held its first DLS Round Table Conversation. About 30 librarians met via web conferencing software and broke into 4 groups to discuss topics and ideas related to motivation, engagement, and participation in asynchronous courses. The Distance Learning Section hopes to make these style events a regular occurrence.

Each breakout room had a moderator/note taker who spurred conversation on with a number of discussion questions and jotted down notes as the conversation flowed. The notes below are the combined responses from all participants in breakout rooms and chat. While this summary tries to capture the many voices of our conversation, no participants’ names have been included in these notes.

Any questions can be sent to Natalie Bennett.

February 23, 2016

Assessment at a Distance: In Theory and Practice

Speakers Jenna Kammer, Instructional Designer at the University of Missouri and Navadeep Khanal, E-Learning Librarian at the University of Missouri share how to assess meeting student learning outcomes using assessment plans geared toward the macro level of reviewing institutional data, to the micro level of collecting and analyzing in-course assessment methods and student performance in online courses. Natalie Bennett, Online Services Librarian at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, shares how she uses discussion boards to gauge student learning and demonstrates the use of discussion boards to gain vital qualitative assessment. Please be sure to provide feedback by completing our evaluation form!

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/YaLk-zmsHqM

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Slides: Bennett (CC), Kammer&Khanal

November 12, 2015

The Research as Inquiry Framework in Distance Education Courses

Rebecca Renirie, Global Campus Librarian for Central Michigan University, and Smita Avasthi, Public Services Librarian at Santa Rosa Junior College, present on their implementations of the “Research as Inquiry” frame in the distance education environment. The speakers discuss what they did, how they did it, and how they assessed the effectiveness of their application. Presentations are followed by a Q&A session in which participants ask questions of the presenters.

YouTube link: https://youtu.be/YaLk-zmsHqM

May 5, 2015

Incorporating the Framework in Distance Learning with Trudi Jacobson

Trudi Jacobson presents on the development of the Framework, followed by breakout sessions with participants discussing each of the frames. This was the group’s first experiment with using breakout sessions in Adobe Connect; we learned a lot about what works and what doesn’t!

YouTube Link: ttp://tiffin.adobeconnect.com/p6r80bml81o/

February 12, 2015

At the Tipping Point: Defining ‘Distance’ in the Academic Library—Trends, Roles, and Challenges

Distance Librarians work on the front lines of one of the biggest changes taking place in higher education—online learning. As educational institutions develop models for online delivery of courses and curriculum that best serve their students, their libraries must also respond with the appropriate services and support for these students. The result is many different models for how distance librarians work, where they work, and what additional challenges and obstacles they face. Our panelists bring experience and insight into a discussion of blended distance librarianship, working outside the library’s traditional organizational structure, and whether librarianship is increasingly serving all its students “at a distance.”

Panelists include Neely Tang, Off-Site Public Services Librarian, Johnson Graduate School of Management, Cornell University; Stefanie Buck, Assistant Professor, Oregon State University Libraries in the Teaching and Engagement Department; Luann Edwards, E-Librarian, Tiffin University; Seth Allen, Online Instruction Librarian, King University; and Priscilla Coulter, Senior Online Librarian, American Public University System.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/ARJ8Thvxgxg

October 30, 2014

Copyright or CopyWRONG?

Often viewed as a hindrance and a source of apprehension, copyright law affects all educators and academic librarians. As colleges and universities increase their online course (educational/instructional) offerings, the rights of ownership and rules of fair use are only further complicated. Join the ACRL Distance Learning Section Discussion Group for a discussion focused on the state of copyright in distance learning. Learn more about the role of librarians in providing resource support for distance learning courses and faculty’s teaching needs. Panelists include Copyright MOOC facilitators Kevin Smith from Duke University and Anne Gilliland (formerly of OSU) from the University of North Caroline-Chapel Hill as well as Luann Edwards of Tiffin University and Patricia Aufderheide of American University, this will be an opportune conversation to advance your understanding and competency in distance learning copyright issues.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/0oa2nzjLoEw

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