Jumping into the Virtual Deep End: Real World Lessons of How We Moved F2F Instruction Online

Poster Description: This presentation addresses the universal challenge that many librarians faced due to COVID-19, “How can we move our first-year instruction program online?” It will describe how instruction was reimagined for the Zoom environment using new videos, breakout room discussions, and a flipped classroom, as well as the lessons learned.

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Presenter Names: Darlene Aguilar, Elisa Acosta, Susan Archambault, Shelby Hallman, & Alexis Weiss, Loyola Marymount University

Presenter Bios:

Darlene Aguilar is the Instructional Design Librarian at Loyola Marymount University

Elisa Acosta is the Reference & Instruction Librarian for Education and Rhetorical Arts Coordinator at Loyola Marymount University

Susan Archambault is Head of Reference and Instruction at Loyola Marymount University

Shelby Hallman is Reference & Instruction Librarian for STEM at Loyola Marymount University

Alexis Weiss is Reference & Instruction Librarian for Theology at Loyola Marymount University

5 replies on “Jumping into the Virtual Deep End: Real World Lessons of How We Moved F2F Instruction Online”

Great poster! What were the key considerations when making the website, PowerPoint, instructional videos, and activities accessible? Did you use UDL principles or something else? Also, could you discuss the creation of the RADAR Challenge? Are there any planned changes to the RADAR Challenge?

Hi Ruth,
When making materials accessible, we considered the basics of accessibility like alt-text, color contrast, reading order, headers, and captions/transcripts. I used UDL’s 1st principle of Multiple Means of Representation to provide text (doc) alternatives to videos and the RADAR Challenge. The RADAR Challenge has been around for a while now so yes we are updating it this summer. I am going to increase the accessibility of the RADAR Challenge, change the articles so they are easier to read, update the visual design, and connect Google Sheets to the backend to get data on the various interactions. Thanks for your question!

Thanks for the update, Darlene! I am look forward to seeing the new RADAR Challenge and the results of the data.