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Librarians and Instructors Collaborating in Online Learning

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While librarians and classroom instructors have traditionally collaborated on research papers, online learning promises a whole new realm of collaborative projects, including information literacy assessments, scaffolding research projects, utilizing Open Education Resources/library resource, and more. Librarians are now taking a much more active teaching role through learning management systems. This class will raise awareness of collaborative strategies to ensure librarians and instructors work together to increase student success. Areas of study will include: how information literacy skills can be integrated into existing assignments; opportunities for librarian and instructor partnerships; and strategies to ensure you are using library resources to their full potential.


This instructor-led, eight-week, fully-online course provides insight into and methods for increasing productive collaboration between librarians and instructors, thereby improving student research project/paper outcomes. The class should be of interest to faculty from all subject disciplines as well as librarians looking for ideas to collaborate with other instructors. Administrators will also benefit from a greater understanding of the benefits of this collaboration.


  • Understanding impact of librarian/instructor collaboration on student success
  • Building information literacy skills into classroom objectives
  • Integrating librarians into the online environment
  • Designing specific librarian/instructor collaboration activities
  • Using library resources for curriculum development and professional development
  • Communicating success to administrators, colleagues, students, and other community stakeholders


Module 1

Describe librarian/classroom instructor collaboration and academic success

Module 2

Assess collaborative opportunities/challenges in our institutions

Module 3

Develop a collaborative culture in our institutions

Module 4

Integrate open education resources/library resources to boost information literacy skills

Module 5

Create specific assignments and assessments to increase student success

Module 6

Communicate success to other faculty, administrators, and students

Module 7

Use information/library resources to bolster your curricula/professional development

Module 8

Implement a collaborative curriculum


  • To enable instructors to gain an understanding of why instructor/librarian collaboration is important.
  • To develop a number of strategies to enable instructors/librarians to work together effectively.
  • To integrate and publicize successful strategies so that administrators, students, and colleagues understand that integration of information literacy are vital in the academic environment.
  • To implement curriculum that utilizes information literacy and related strategies for student success.


After completing this course, learners will be able to:

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


This is an eight-week course.


We suggest that you complete our Online Learning: Overview before taking this course.


  • 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. Directed questions/prompts 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

Taking a course for Graduate Credit through the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS): Most MVCR courses 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.


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
"I would like to "borrow" your on-line course wholesale and adapt it to my future on-line courses. You have some excellent ideas for how to implement group projects."     

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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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