Presented by Joelle Pitts
Sponsored by the Georgia Library Association Distance Learning Interest Group
Student interest and participation in online courses and learning experiences are growing, but library budgets and resources are heading in the opposite direction. Library staff should engage in "Design Thinking" to envision creative ways to serve our online patrons in the new resource landscape. Collaborative instructional design is one way to leverage existing staff and technology to create library learning experiences for patrons in online spaces. Joelle Pitts, Instructional Design Librarian for Kansas State University, discusses the case for collaborative design thinking and practical guidelines for successful implementation based on her work leading the New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional library instruction consortium. Particular focus is given to the basic design and development phases, including the use of the rapid prototyping model, and the logistics of team testing and assessment. Critical questions, transferrable tips, and common challenges are shared.