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Instructional Design and the Library: Joining forces to create engaging and inclusive online course Recording


Instructional design is an exciting field that can help create inclusive, accessible and engaging learning experiences for library patrons. While this work presents challenges, expertise is continually growing in this increasingly evidence-based field. As learning communities become increasingly digitized, librarians have an opportunity to become increasingly connected to instructional design teams within their own institutions. But what do librarians need to know about instructional design so that they can best benefit from what it has to offer? And how can they influence how online course resources are designed so they better meet patrons needs?

This session brings together a Library Engagement Manager, a Librarian, and an Instructional Designer, to explore three aspects of instructional design:

  • The application of the “universal design” framework for Learning to ensure online resources can engage a broad range of learners, whatever their ability
  • The challenges and opportunities of creating asynchronous online course resources
  • Learnings and lessons from online course development

In this session, course developers will share what they’ve learned building a curriculum of asynchronous online courses, including their biggest challenges and not-always-successful experiments! They’ll be joined by a Librarian who will talk about how she is driving engagement of online courses across her institution, and inspire practical tips that librarians can try. This session is ideal for conference attendees looking to learn more about instructional design, universal design for learning or simply grappling with their own online course provision in the library space.

Kaneisha Gaston is a teaching librarian at heart. Prior to joining SAGE in 2022, she designed compelling lessons and library trainings integrating critical information literacy and anti-racist teaching pedagogy as an instruction and outreach librarian. As a Library Engagement Manager at SAGE, she creates both captivating and culturally sustaining trainings that align SAGE resources with institutional missions and users’ inquiries. Kaneisha earned her BA in English and Africana Studies from Davidson College, and MA in English from UNC Charlotte, and her MLIS from North Carolina Central University. Carolina born and bred, Kaneisha uses her free time to read Africana literature and folklore, browse “booktok”, and connect with family on the front porch.

Rachel is strategic lead for SAGE's online course product, SAGE Campus, and has spent the last 20 years working on digital and print resources across the academic publishing landscape.

She is most passionate about creating meaningful learning experiences that connect with the challenges and priorities of today's student learners - and is attending Charleston for the very first time!

She'd love to meet Librarians and other electronic resource specialists who are passionate about instructional design and/or universal design for learning. You can find her at the SAGE stand, reach out to her via the site, and see her in action at the Virtual conference mid-month.