2014 Sessions

Instructional Design Primer

Let’s take a step back and think about how we approach elearning:

  • What’s the point of elearning?
  • What are some educational theories we can use?
  • How can we approach learning design for online learning?


Facilitated by: Anita Brooks-Kirkland – Consultant & School Librarianship AQ Instructor, OISE, UofT; Angela Henshilwood – University of Toronto; Diane Michaud – Laurentian university; Jennifer Peters – Seneca college

Rapid Show and Tell

AODA Learning Program at Hamilton Public Library
Erika Pavkovic, Learning and Development Assistant, Hamilton Public Library

In order to meet the compliance deadline in training library staff on the newest part of the AODA (the IASR), we created an in-house training program that would meet these requirements while providing a more engaging and relevant training experience for our library staff.

Staff eLearning with Mobile Things
Emily Burns, Online Resources Librarian, Oakville Public Library

Oakville Public Library, with nearly 200 employees of varying skill sets, wanted to include a hands-on technology segment in our 2013 Staff Development Day. We quickly realized that in order for staff to be able to participate in hands-on tech during the day itself, they would need some prep. Taking our inspiration from 23 Mobile Things, we created our own internal, self-guided e-training program: SixThingsTech. The result? Hands-on technology training, originally an anxiety-provoking and scary prospect for some, became fun, competitive, and team-building for all.

Scenario based e-Learning for Staff
Agnieszka Gorgon, Community Librarian, Learning & Skill Development, Markham Public Library

They snooze, they lose. A whirlwind tour of how scenario based design transformed disengaging content into interactive elearning courses for staff.  A quick overview of instruction development techniques in the context of adult learning, motivation and engagement.

APA in Minutes: REDUX
Caleb Domsy, Digital Learning Librarian, Humber College

How do you add and improve upon a collection of popular library videos? Humber Libraries’ APA in Minutes is a series of five instructional videos with a combined total of 28,000 views. Following rave reviews from our faculty and students, and a high demand for APA instruction, we decided to take our videos to the next level: Introducing APA in Minutes: Redux!

Importing tutorials and quizzes into the LMS in one easy step: Library Cartridges!
Jennifer Peters & Adele Magowan, Teaching and Learning Technologies Librarians, Seneca College

Seneca Libraries has created a variety of online tutorials and quizzes to help students with research, citation and academic honesty. Library cartridges are an easy way for faculty to import these resources into the Blackboard learning management system.

Mobile Learning Innovation in Information Literacy
Tony Tin, Director, Library and Information Services, University of Waterloo

This presentation highlights the mobile information literacy innovation, a collaborative effort between faculty and the Library at Renison University College (affiliated with the University of Waterloo), and includes the development and design of the mobile lessons, interactive exercises, and its applications.  We will discuss the success and challenges of the research project to support anytime, anywhere student mobile information literacy eLearning training.

RULA-The internet is our New Bookshelf
Kelly Dermody, E-Learning Librarian, Ryerson University

Learn how Ryerson University Library and Archives is embracing e-learning as part of our new strategic direction. In Winter 2015 we’ll have a new library building (the Student Learning Centre) with no books! To prepare we’re building our e-presence with our University partners. We’ve already embarked on LMS embedded library instruction, flipped classroom teaching, laptop’s with e-learning portals and many more projects that we’ll quickly go over.

Let’s collaborate! Working with Distance Education faculty within a DE course
Jennifer Easter, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Guelph-Humber
Sharon Bailey, Librarian, Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH)

Our session will discuss the benefits of a collaborative approach between librarians and faculty within DE courses. We will share our strategies for collaboration, including the use of crossover content in discussion board posts and dedicated course LibGuides, and in the strategic placement of library content within course websites. We will touch upon the outcomes of this collaboration, and suggest strategies for librarians to engage faculty in these kinds of collaborative partnerships at their own institutions.


Learning content via online databases in sharing circles
Manisha Khetarpal, Librarian, Maskwacis Cultural College

In this model, the knowledge students gain during a database demonstration is reinforced through a sharing circle. The sharing circle involves students telling us about the title, author, keywords and abstract and answering the question, How does this relate to our community?. The relationship developed between the librarian, students, and instructors increases the use of integrated library service ROAR (Research Online Authority and Relevance).

One click and I’m on my way!  Embedding access to library resources & services through a D2L widget
Peggy Pritchard, Associate Librarian, Learning & Curriculum Support Team, University of Guelph

In this session, one of the University of Guelph’s Learning and Curriculum Support Librarians will showcase a pilot project in which a customized “Learning Commons” widget is embedded into the virtual learning environments of selected, high-impact, undergraduate courses.  Developed in consultation with course instructors, and tailored to the expectations of the course and the information research, academic writing and learning needs of the students, these widgets give students one-click access to selected Learning Commons tools (e.g. databases), resources (e.g., instruction videos), and services (e.g., supplemental workshops, writing services support, supported learning group session information).

 Skills Workshops/Software Demos

Creating Library Instruction Videos 
Jennifer Peters, Ewan Gibson – Seneca College


Video can be a very effective teaching tool…or…they can really detract from learning. This session will demonstrate some strategies to improve your instructional videos.

Using Softchalk to Create Online Tutorials
Denise Smith, McMaster; Monica Rettig – Brock


So, you want to make an interactive, accessible, and affordable tutorial. Could SoftChalk be the right tool for you? This session will demonstrate what this authoring platform can do, and discuss our successes and challenges integrating SoftChalk lessons into Brock’s LMS.

Using Articulate Storyline to Create Online Tutorials
Angela Henshilwood – UofT

This session will provide an introduction to Storyline, an intuitive authoring tool that lets you create fun and interactive tutorials.

Articulate Storyline software works on PC’s or Mac’s with the “Parallels Desktop”. If you would like to try out Storyline as we go then download the free 30 day trial before the symposium.

Creating Animated Videos
Melanie Parlette-Stewart – U of Guelph; Adele Magowan – Seneca


Animated videos are a great way to teach material that, let’s face it, can be a little dry or boring. This session will demo free animation software called Powtoon that is quick and easy to use.