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Your Name and Title:

Tammy Ivins, Online & Distance Education Librarian

Library, School, or Organization Name:

University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW)

Co-Presenter Name(s):


Area of the World from Which You Will Present:

North Carolina, United States

Language in Which You Will Present:


Target Audience(s):

Academic Librarians, First Year Student Librarians, Online/Distance Education Librarians

Short Session Description (one line):

When a Hurricane Blows Your Instruction Online

Full Session Description (as long as you would like):

In the fall of 2018, Wilmington NC was devastated by Hurricane Florence.  Classes at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) were canceled from 9/10/18 until 10/8/18, resulting in an unprecedented number of lost instructional minutes.  As the campus scrambled to make up so many minutes (without any examples of how to do so, and without moving our commencement date to extend the semester), the library faced its own scheduling issues.

64 scheduled library instruction sessions for the first year seminar classes (UNI 101) were cancelled due to the storm, and (due to the lost instructional minutes and short time left in the semester) it was literally impossible to reschedule them.   These information literacy (IL) sessions to the UNI 101 classes are the foundation on which all future IL sessions are built at UNCW. When librarians present to both core classes (such as English classes) or subject specific classes in a major, they do so with the expectation and understanding the students have a consistent grasp of IL fundamentals imparted in UNI 101.

Simply skipping these IL sessions was therefore not an option. As a solution, we created an online instruction video to replace the face-to-face library session, which the 1,300+ affected students could complete outside of class as homework assigned by their professor.

Challenges included: 1) an extremely short timeline of one week to design, create, and distribute the video; 2) short staffing to assist with creating the video, including the absence of the first year engagement librarian; 3) digitizing a face-to-face session that was hands-on and interactive.

This session walk through the instructional design and project management decisions made in order to create the most effective video possible in a short time span. I’ll discuss lessons learned about online instructional design, as well as incorporating emergency planning into instructional design for high-impact/large-scale instruction.

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