Improving Adoption of an Online Library Instruction Module

Poster Description: Over the past two years, a series of options for sharing an asynchronous library instruction module have been attempted to encourage faculty to adopt the module. After trial and error, a standalone course site and replicable assignment have seen a rapid uptake in the module’s use.

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Presenter Name: Hope Kelly, Virginia Commonwealth University

Presenter Bio: As an Online Learning Librarian, Hope collaborates with colleagues in the VCU Libraries and across the university to advance the design and development of the Libraries’ online instructional content, environments and experiences. You can reach Hope at

9 replies on “Improving Adoption of an Online Library Instruction Module”

Thanks, Hope. This is a really interesting idea and method for using Canvas to reach a greater number of students.

Thanks, Megan. I noticed under the creative approaches section, there is a poster specifically about the self-enrollment feature in Canvas that I used here too – great option for the more open learning content we generate for our students.

This is very helpful information for those using Canvas! The Canvas self-enrollment feature is how I was able to get some information literacy/metaliteracy instruction into an EdD course. And the Canvas Commons was how I was able to get my information literacy (metaliteracy) course imported into an undergraduate course. The IDs helped the instructor with the Commons feature for the undergrad course. In the EdD course, the students are given the self-enrollment link, then they have to complete at least one module (out of 5) and show a screenshot of their posttest in the last week of the course.

Hi Melissa, Figuring out how we, as library instructors, can plug into our LMS does take some creative thinking and support. I love that you had the support of IDs in adding your Commons content.

I forgot to say that there is a feedback form for the EdD students to complete (as a separate module), and I’ve gotten some helpful feedback from that.

The increase in usage by faculty must be so rewarding! Do you find that many of them use it to flip instruction?

Hi Hope: I really like the flexibility of how the module is being used! Are there any elements you have found useful in allowing it to be both stand alone and pre work for a class?

Hi Abby, This standalone set-up also allows broader use for those that are not using the LMS along with those that do. The resulting flexibility really comes down to how instructors for the associated course want to use the module. I had developed it as a single unit of instruction primarily for asynchronous online courses. However, we had instructors that understood for our hybrid and f2f courses it is a boon for spiral learning, so they can introduce or reinforce the library instruction at any point in time that makes the most sense with the flow of the course and not solely rely on a time bound session in the library or in an online class meeting.

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