Backwards Design for Library Instruction

$200.00

Dates: August 5 - September 1

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

This four-week course introduces participants to backwards design principles and practices for teaching. Unlike the traditional forward design method, which selects content or activities first and then aligns them with learning goals, backwards design starts with the end goal: what students should learn, know, or do. It then builds teaching from that end result, emphasizing a student-centered approach.

Throughout the course, participants will explore the foundations of backwards design and actively engage in the design process: from clarifying learning objectives to determining acceptable evidence of learning, and ultimately crafting effective learning experiences. The focus extends beyond the classroom, teaching participants how to align their resources, programs, and services with curriculum goals or broader service missions. This supports the integration of library instruction into the larger learning experience of academic or general communities.

Relevant to librarians and educators across academic, public, and educational settings, this course provides a platform for participants to develop a teaching plan using backwards design. Armed with these tools, participants will not only create purposeful and effective learning experiences during the course but will also gain the skills to continue this transformative practice in their professional endeavors.

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Credits

1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

Registration dates

We accept registrations through the first week of classes, unless enrollment is full, and unless the class was canceled before it started due to low enrollment.

Course Description

This four-week course introduces participants to backwards design principles and practices for teaching. Unlike the traditional forward design method, which selects content or activities first and then aligns them with learning goals, backwards design starts with the end goal: what students should learn, know, or do. It then builds teaching from that end result, emphasizing a student-centered approach.

Throughout the course, participants will explore the foundations of backwards design and actively engage in the design process: from clarifying learning objectives to determining acceptable evidence of learning, and ultimately crafting effective learning experiences. The focus extends beyond the classroom, teaching participants how to align their resources, programs, and services with curriculum goals or broader service missions. This supports the integration of library instruction into the larger learning experience of academic or general communities.

Relevant to librarians and educators across academic, public, and educational settings, this course provides a platform for participants to develop a teaching plan using backwards design. Armed with these tools, participants will not only create purposeful and effective learning experiences during the course but will also gain the skills to continue this transformative practice in their professional endeavors.

Liz Johns

Liz JohnsLiz Johns serves as an Associate Faculty member at the Indiana University Department of Library and Information Science. With over a decade of experience in online teaching and the development of professional learning programs for librarians, Johns specializes in library assessment, professional development for librarians, and providing support for the implementation of innovative teaching methods in information literacy and concept-based learning. Her dedication extends to creating engaging and meaningful learning environments for adult learners, both in face-to-face and online settings. Johns holds a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science from Gettysburg College, a Master of Science in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a Doctorate of Education in Entrepreneurial Leadership in Education from Johns Hopkins University.

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Special Session

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.

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