Developing online instruction according to best practices



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Journal of Information Literacy


To meet the growing online and face-to-face library instruction needs of a large research university, a team of librarians set out to develop asynchronous online instruction of sufficient quality to supplement and replace classroom teaching. This report describes the best practices that were identified from a review of the literature, the instructional design process that was used to implement these practices in a pedagogically effective way, the results of pilot testing of the instruction, and implications for future practice. The result is a template for development that can be used by other librarians seeking to develop robust, effective, and accessible online learning objects, whether to reach out to online learners or improve the scalability of information literacy instruction.



digital learning objects, higher education, information literacy, instructional design, online learning


Copyright 2019 Journal of Information Literacy. Recommended citation: Lierman, Ashley, and Ariana Santiago. "Developing online instruction according to best practices." Journal of Information Literacy 13, no. 2 (2019): 206-221. DOI: 10.11645/13.2.2649. URL: Reproduced in accordance with the original publisher’s licensing terms and with permission from the author(s).