Designing for Learning

I have always thought that libraries from different sectors have more in common than we think, and that we can all learn from each others’ practice. I have noticed that public, and particularly post-secondary libraries are recognizing the importance of sound instructional practices. With some humility, but nevertheless quite confidently, I think that this is where other library sectors can learn from teacher-librarians. Teacher-librarianship is grounded in instructional practice, as we are teachers first, and library specialists second.

I have had two recent opportunities recently to work with librarians from other sectors on designing instruction for learning, most recently for librarians at the University of Toronto, and have a large collection of resources that may be useful for librarians in all sectors for understanding the difference between designing a lesson to designing for learning. I invite you to explore:

Design for Learning: My  webpage, with links to relevant articles, blog posts and presentations

Designing for Learning: Moving from Covering Information to Uncovering Understanding: My presentation resources for a workshop for University of Toronto librarians, April 2016

Design for Learning: A Discovery Guide for Librarians: A By the Brooks sub-site exploring current instructional design models from school librarianship that have relevance for librarians from all sectors.

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