Building Online Scenarios for Library Instruction

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18th Distance Library Services Conference

Conference Location

San Antonio, TX

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18th Distance Library Services Conference

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Online scenario based instruction can provide a way for librarians to access the critical thinking skills and user thought processes of students by having them "choose their own adventure" as they navigate through an information need. Similar to simulations used in many clinical programs, scenario software can provide a mechanism for students to engage in a real world situation without the risk or stress associated with an assignment. Scenarios can provide point by point feedback on each step of the process, coaching the student through their various options, with results appearing and adapting based on their choices. Participants in this workshop will discuss the potential for this type of instruction, both for distance students and staff training, and will engage in a group activity to develop an outline for their own online scenario. Various software options will be discussed and participants will leave with a toolkit for creating their very first online scenario.

Audience: New to the topic

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will learn about scenario based instruction and be able to access it's potential for their IL program.
  • Participants will be able to plan and outline an online scenario in a "choose your own adventure" style.

Track: Teaching & Learning Tags: Instruction, Technology & Tools


instruction, scenarios, simulations


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