LOEX Conference Proceedings 2012

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Chef's Surprise - Pursuing Cutting-Edge Trends in Teaching and Learning

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Online information literacy courses have been taught for credit at The Ohio State University for over a decade with only minor or technology-driven changes. A small team of librarians within the Teaching & Learning Unit overhauled the course using the latest research and emerging trends in information behavior to create a more engaging, evidence-based class. Preparation for and development of the new course also included workshops and consultations with various departments on campus, including the University Center for the Advancement of Teaching, the Center for the Study and Teaching of Writing, and the Digital Union (a learning technology department). In this presentation, the team leader will describe how they used the backwards design process and other frameworks to build the best online course possible. Additionally, the pedagogical theories and philosophies that served as foundation for the design will be briefly discussed. Attendees will learn in an open dialogue the granular details of the inherently ill-structured online course design process, recommended best practices, and potential pitfalls.