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Librarians and Instructors--Collaborating in the Classroom

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Classroom instructors are not always aware of the many ways CLC librarians support student learning. This class will raise faculty awareness of library resources and encourage collaboration between librarians and instructors. Topics will include: A review of what students really know about information literacy; the ways the library webpage can be used effectively both online and on campus; opportunities for librarians and instructors to partner; and tips and tricks to make sure you are using library resources to their full potential.


This instructor-led, four-week, fully-online course provides insight into and methods for increasing productive collaboration between librarians and instructors, thereby improving student classroom research project/paper outcomes.


  • Rationale for librarian/instructor online collaboration
  • Information literacy and its importance in librarian/instructor collaboration
  • Bringing collaboration into the academic process
  • Promoting communication and collaboration
  • Strategies to ensure continued collaborative success now and in the future


Introductory module: Class outline and Protocols
Module 1 - Personal Introductions and What is Information Literacy
Module 2 � Why Librarian-Instructor Collaboration is Important
Module 3 - Bringing Collaboration into the Academic Process
Module 4 - Developing a Sustainable Collaborative Culture


  1. To help instructors gain an understanding of why instructor/librarian collaboration is important; and
  2. To help develop a number of strategies to enable instructors/librarians to work together effectively.


After completing this course, learners will be able to:

  1. Explore and evaluate issues related to the collaborative classroom.
  2. Investigate the role of information literacy in the educational process.
  3. Prepare more engaging information-literacy assignments.
  4. Investigate collaborative opportunities in colleges and universities.
  5. Create roadmap for future collaboration.


This course is four weeks long, including an online orientation.


This course requires Online Learning: An Overview or its equivalent as a prerequisite.


  • Complete the introductory course material during week one.
  • Read the instructor's module introductions, assigned articles from the Web and visit web sites that illustrate the points under discussion.
  • Answer weekly discussion questions and other assignments related to that module.
  • Engage in positive and meaningful dialog with classmates concerning the course subject matter.
  • Write a summary of the key items covered each week and how they apply to your teaching.


This course has a modular structure. Each unit is individually assessed, but successive units build on previous information. The course pedagogy is based on collaborative learning and group participation. Course content is delivered through the use of Web-based reading, and discussions between students and the instructor and among students. Discussion questions will form a basis for discussion.


This is an intensive course requiring approximately 8-10 hours a week. The time commitment will vary depending an individual's input, needs, and personal study habits. Students are required to log on to the course a minimum of four times a week.

Credit Options

This Advanced Online Seminar is only available for continuing education units.


A fee is incurred for anyone enrolled in an Advanced Online Seminar, although there is a discount for ION members. (Only Diamond level ION partners are exempt.) The fee is determined by the number of contact hours and online discussion requirements for the course. To view the fee schedule for a specific section of this course, visit the Schedule and click on the link for that section (e.g. TM1051).

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS):
Most MVCR courses [not the Advanced Online Seminars] may be taken for graduate credit through UIS. You do not pay twice if you choose this route. You pay only the tuition and fees associated with UIS enrollment. If you choose to enroll through UIS, you need to follow the instructions. You do not register through this site.

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Taking Courses for Academic Credit

Most 8-week MVCR courses can also be taken for academic credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield.

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Suggested Tracks

Instruction Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Encouraging Comm.
  • Elective
  • Practicum

Technology Centric

  • Online Learning
  • Technology Tools
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Elective (Multimedia or Sims, Labs, Games, and VR)
  • Practicum

Support Professional

  • Online Learning
  • Instructional Design
  • Student Assessment
  • Universal Design
  • Elective (Supporting Students, Copyright, Global eLearning, Blended/Hybrid, Librarians Collaborating, Multimedia Principles)
  • Practicum

COLA - track

  • Administration Seminar
  • Quality Assurance
  • Issues and Strategies in Faculty Training
  • Supporting Students Online

Choose one of the following three for your elective:

  • Administration of Online Programs
  • Copyright
  • Blended - Hybrid Learning Design and Instruction
  • Practicum for Administrators
What They're Saying
"It's good to communicate with faculty in different disciplines and gain their insights."     

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Award winning courses

The MVCR program won the Award for Excellence in ALN Faculty Develop-ment (in conjunction with other ION programs) from the Sloan-consortium in 2002. One of our instructors won the WebCT Exemplary Online Course Award for an MVCR course as well.

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