The Design for Learning Team is busy getting ready for our Spring 2016 classes! Our program teaches library workers how to design instruction and teach online, with opportunities to practice teaching online. Our first cohort began working September 1, 2015 and has completed the first 3 modules: Orientation, Foundations, and Technologies. The second cohort will begin their first module February 1, 2016. Meanwhile, Cohort 1 will be back to start their 4th module, on Diversity, to be followed by the Community and Social modules. All six modules lead up to a capstone project in which participants will each get practice teaching online to their own students. Both cohorts include participants from all types of libraries, subject specializations, and library experience levels.
Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers (D4L) is a three-year continuing education project. It is developed as a partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council, Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, and the Empire State Library Network. It is funded as a three-year grant, by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). After these two cohorts complete the series of modules, we will make our course content available to the public for self-paced learning (in early 2017 if not earlier).