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Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating an Interactive Online Learning Experience

Your Name and Title: Matthew LaBrake, Senior Director, Online Library & Technology Services

Library, School, or Organization Name: Berkeley College

Co-Presenter Name(s):  Amanda Piekart, Director, Research & Instructional Services

Area of the World from Which You Will Present: New Jersey, USA

Language in Which You Will Present: English

Target Audience(s): Academic Librarians

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Designing, Delivering, and Evaluating an Interactive Online Learning Experience

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Why should we settle for passive learning experiences that orient students to library services? This is the question a group of librarians asked themselves as they undertook the redesign of Berkeley College's library orientation. Through collaboration with faculty and administration, and the employment of instructional design practices using the ADDIE model, we ensured that the learning object was interactive, student-friendly and clearly aligned with course objectives.

Our updated library orientation immerses students in the learning experience by placing them in scenario-based activities where they are required to interact with the characters and environment by clicking, hovering, dragging, dropping and exploring to proceed. By adopting elements of storytelling and gamification, students are engaged in ways they encounter less frequently in traditional academic experiences, ultimately motivating them to complete the tasks set before them and recognize the value of the services being promoted. 

Now integrated as a mandatory component of our First Year Experience Seminar, assessment data demonstrates that students are truly engaged throughout the learning experience, and have developed a more nuanced understanding of the role of libraries and librarians. We continue to review this learning object on an annual basis, utilizing feedback from multiple stakeholders and assessment data to drive improvements in each iteration. By doing this we ensure the library remains at the forefront of pedagogical best practices and our students are provided with the most meaningful learning experience possible.

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