Instructional Design

Make it Beautiful, Make it Usable: DIY Design for Libraries

About the Beautiful & Usable Workshop

This workshop focuses on adapting existing ideas, learning materials, lesson plans, presentations, signage, marketing materials, and learning activities into more beautiful, usable content. Basic instructional design practices are introduced, then basic graphic design concepts and methods. Participants bring something they wanted to reinvent - a worksheet, a PowerPoint presentation, an interactive tutorial, a video, a LibGuide, etc. Guided by a Design Checklist and relying on a curated collection of recommended tools, participants work individually, in groups, and with the presenters to update their learning objects.

Access the Google Drive Folder: Tools & Materials

2016 Brick & Click Presentation

Do you plan on attending this interactive presentation at the 2016 Brick & Click Conference? We can't wait to meet you! Please fill out this super quick survey so that we can tailor our presentation to you! Feel free to look through the Tools & Materials Google Drive Folder, and don't forget to bring an object (and your laptop or tablet) to work on!

2016 Library Collective Presentation

Curious about the level of expertise of participants? Or do you wonder what kinds of materials they reinvented? Then check out the results of our survey from the 2016 Library Collective Conference!

6 Things You Might Be Doing Wrong With Your Research Assignments (and how to fix them)

This fall marks the 2nd anniversary of our involvement with our university's general education curriculum. That equals 4 semesters of flipping the classroom, spending one week with each 200 and 300 section, and adapting our classroom content for Internet classes as well. It also means that we've seen A LOT of research assignments--about 40 per semester. Below is a presentation we gave at a faculty teaching conference to help instructors build better research assignments. Oh! And Slides Carnival + Death to Stock Photo is now our favorite combination for presentation slides.