Join us in the Design 4 Learning program!

Diane K. Kovacs diane at KOVACS.COM
Mon May 11 12:57:09 EDT 2015

Devote your time and attention to developing or honing your online 
teaching skills!  Join us in the Design 4 Learning program!

We are in the process of recruiting the first group of 60 participants 
and would love your participation!   Read on….
Deadline for applying to participate in the first group:  July 15, 2015.
Program Description:
Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills 
for Library Workers is a three-year continuing education project.  It is 
developed as a partnership among the South Central Regional Library 
Council( Syracuse University’s School of 
Information Studies(;, and the NY 3Rs Association, 
Inc. ( It is funded as a three-year grant by the 
Institute of Museum and Library Services. (IMLS).
All instructional materials, including the modules/units, best 
practices, and presentations, will be freely available to the library 
community via the project websites and other relevant archival sites.

Goals and Objectives:

The Design for Learning Team will recruit 120 participants and teach 
them how to design instruction and teach online, and then practice 
teaching online.  The 120 learners will be grouped into 2 cohort groups 
of 60 participants; each cohort will be organized into three learning 
circles of 20.  We invite participants from all types of libraries, 
subject specializations, and library experience levels.  Prospective 
learners are current trainers, instructors, or other individuals who 
want to provide online training for library staff, library patrons, or 
other learner groups within a library context.  A schedule of teaching 
and learning for each cohort is below.
Learning Outcomes:
After completing the Design for Learning program, our participants will 
be able to:
1. Successfully transfer face-to-face teaching and learning skills and 
pedagogy to the online environment.
2. Evaluate and gain experience with various platforms and tools for 
online teaching and learning.
3. Design and create online instruction and instructional materials.
4. Practice teaching and learning online.

Participants who complete the program will earn a Certificate of 
Completion issued by the New York State NY 3Rs Association, Inc.  Their 
learning programs and those offered by the nine member 3Rs Councils can 
be used for public library re-certification in New York State, for 
performance reviews, resumes, and possibly certification in other 
areas.  We are currently investigating additional possibilities.

Who May Participate:

● An MLS (or MLIS or MSLIS) is not required.
● Library teachers, trainers, or instructors, that is, those who have 
been teaching (or training or providing instruction) for library staff, 
library patrons, and library related communities and wants to develop or 
hone their online instructional design and teaching skills.
● Library teachers, trainers, or instructors from all kinds and types of 
libraries (public, academic, school, special, museum, tribal, corporate, 
online/digital, etc.) in all geographic regions of the United States and 
communities ranging from (rural areas and, small towns to major cities 
and county library systems.  All subject specializations, are encouraged 
to apply.
● Library teachers, trainers, or instructors from diverse cultural 
backgrounds, all ethnicities, all genders, all ages, and all levels of 
library experience.  We want this initiative to benefit from the 
participation of the entire range of diversity in library staff and 
their communities!

Requirements for Participation:

1. Willingness and ability to commit to participation when modules are 
scheduled and able to respond to emails at other times.  The full 
schedule is described in the attached *Teaching and Learning Schedule 
June 2015 – December 2016.
2. Strong interest in learning about teaching and learning online.
3. Ability to access the World Wide Web and email well enough to learn 
how to participate through the Moodle Learning Management System(LMS), 
online meeting tools, and email.
4. Ability to communicate through social media specifically Facebook and 
Google + Hangouts, and similar tools.   Training in using these tools 
will be provided.
If you have questions about competency requirements don’t count yourself 
out – Contact us at dflprojectcoordinator at

Application Form:
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@US_IMLS This project was made possible in part by the Institute of 
Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant 
Project #RE-06-14-0014-14. Este proyecto ha sido posible en parte por el 
Instituto de Servicios de Museos y Bibliotecas, Laura Bush 21st Century 
Bibliotecario Proyecto Grant # RE-06-14-0014-14.
The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of 
federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. 
Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, 
lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, 
policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver 
valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals 
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