Using a Quality Course Framework to Design Instruction and Librarian-Faculty Collaboration Tools

This short presentation will make a case for using a backward instructional design process to not only design library instruction but also to define librarian-faculty collaboration. The author will present a course design model called the Quality Course Framework (QCF) designed by Instructional Designers and a Librarian at the University of Utah to help faculty design online courses. The QCF is grounded in backward design principles of L.  Dee Fink (2003, 2013). The model consists of 4 phases: Design, Build, Teach and Revise and is grounded in six best practices principles: (1) course and lesson outcomes are stated as measurable objectives; (2) A course organization structure that facilitates usability and student learning; (3) Learning activities that engage students in a complete learning process; (4) Course content provided in appropriate media formats; (5) A sense of learning community facilitated through specifically planned communication and student support; and (6) Assessment, feedback and evaluation strategies that measure student learning outcomes as well as overall course quality. The QCF is now being used to design face-to-face and hybrid courses, as well as totally online programs across campus.

In the Marriott Library, this backward design model is being used by some librarians to design embedded librarian instruction, one-shots, and online library materials. The QCF model and library values, identified by a group of instruction librarians, were also integrated to create teaching guidelines for each phase of the 4 phases of the model, that librarians can use to  articulate roles and responsibilities for librarian-faculty relationships. The QCF has also been used to define librarian roles as an instructional design, teacher and researcher. QCF model tools such as the Alignment Grid and the Teaching Guidelines will be presented and made available for participants to use in their own library instructional design processes. Links to supplemental presentation materials will also be available for participants to share under a Creative Commons Attribution license. The QCF model has also been used as a framework for a NSF funded MOOC design to teach instructors how to ‘flip’ their classrooms.

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Here is the alignment grid for 5 session embedded Library sessions  Donna


Here is the crosswalk document Aligning Library outcomes to AACU


Powerpoint with links




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