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Design 4 Learning

Design for Learning is in the process of recruiting the first group of 60 participants and would love your participation!   Read on…

Program Description:

Design for Learning: 21st Century Online Teaching and Learning Skills for Library Workers is a three-year continuing education project. It is developed as a partnership among the South Central Regional Library Council ( Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies (, and the NY 3Rs Association, Inc. ( It is funded as a three-year grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. (IMLS -  

All instructional materials, including the modules/units, best practices, and presentations, will be freely available to the library community via the project websites and other relevant archival sites.  

The deadline for applying to participate in the first group:  July 15, 2015. Application form:

Goals and Objectives:

The Design for Learning Team will recruit 120 participants and teach them how to design instruction and teach online, and then practice teaching online. The 120 learners will be grouped into 2 cohort groups of 60 participants; each cohort will be organized into three learning circles of 20. We invite participants from all types of libraries, subject specializations, and library experience levels. Prospective learners are current trainers, instructors, or other individuals who want to provide online training for library staff, library patrons, or other learner groups within a library context.  A schedule of teaching and learning for each cohort is below.

Learning Outcomes:

After completing the Design for Learning program, our participants will be able to:

1.     Successfully transfer face-to-face teaching and learning skills and pedagogy to the online environment.

2.     Evaluate and gain experience with various platforms and tools for online teaching and learning.

3.     Design and create online instruction and instructional materials.

4.     Practice teaching and learning online.

Participants who complete the program will earn a Certificate of Completion issued by the New York State NY 3Rs Association, Inc.  Their learning programs and those offered by the nine member 3Rs Councils can be used for public library re-certification in New York State, for performance reviews, resumes, and possibly certification in other areas.

Who May Participate:

  • An MLS (or MLIS or MSLIS) is not required.
  • Library teachers, trainers, or instructors, that is, those who have been teaching (or training or providing instruction) for library staff, library patrons, and library related communities and want to develop or hone their online instructional design and teaching skills.
  • Library teachers, trainers, or instructors from all kinds and types of libraries (public, academic, school, special, museum, tribal, corporate, online/digital, etc.) in all geographic regions of the United States and communities ranging from rural areas and small towns to major cities and county library systems. All subject specializations are encouraged to apply.
  • Library teachers, trainers, or instructors from diverse cultural backgrounds, all ethnicities, all genders, all ages, and all levels of library experience. We want this initiative to benefit from the participation of the entire range of diversity in library staff and their communities!  

Requirements for Participation:  

1.     Willingness and ability to commit to participation when modules are scheduled and ability to respond to emails at other times. The full schedule is described below in the *Teaching and Learning Schedule June 2015 – December 2016.

2.     Strong interest in learning about teaching and learning online.

3.     Ability to access the World Wide Web and email well enough to learn how to participate through the Moodle Learning Management System(LMS), online meeting tools, and email.

4.     Ability to communicate through social media specifically Facebook and Google + Hangouts, and similar tools.   Training in using these tools will be provided.

If you have questions about competency requirements don’t count yourself out – Contact us at dflprojectcoordinator [at] gmail [dot] com

Application Form:

Short URL:

Full URL:

*Teaching and Learning Schedule June 2015 – December 2016

June 2015 - Begin recruiting second cohort of 60 participants.

July 2015 - Deadline for Cohort 1 Application July 15, 2015; Preparation Time.

August 1-31, 2015 - First Cohort of 60 participants begins. Orientation Module (Cohort 1)

September 1-30, 2015 - Foundation Module (Cohort 1);

October 1-31, 2015 - Technologies Module (Cohort 1);  NYLA Presentation and optional informal meeting with participants, October 21-24, 2015, Lake Placid, NY.

November 2015 - Deadline for Cohort 2 Applications November 15, 2016; Preparation Time

December 1-31, 2015  - Second Cohort of 60 participants begins. Orientation Module (Cohort 2); Diversity Module (Cohort 1)

January 1-31, 2016 - Preparation Time and ALA Midwinter Chicago, IL: January 30-February 3, 2016 with optional informal meeting with participants.

February 1-28, 2016 - Foundation Module (Cohort 2); Community Module (Cohort 1)

March 1-31, 2016 - Technologies Module (Cohort 2); Social Module  (Cohort 1)

April 1-30, 2016 - Begin Capstone Module (Cohort 1); Diversity Module (Cohort 2); Begin Recruiting learners for our Cohort 2 Capstone projects.

May 1-31, 2016 - Continue Capstone Module (Cohort 1); Community Module (Cohort 2)

June 2016 – ALA Orlando, FL: June 23-28, 2016 (optional informal meeting with participants)

July 1-31, 2016 - Cohort 1 begin teaching Capstone Projects; Social Module (Cohort 2)

August 1-31. 2016 - Cohort 1 teaching their Capstone projects; Begin Capstone Module (Cohort 2)

September 1-30, 2016 - Cohort 1 teaching their Capstone projects; Continue Capstone Module (Cohort 2).

October 1-31, 2016 - Cohort 1 teaching their Capstone projects; Cohort 2 teaching their Capstone projects

December 1-31, 2016 - Cohort 2 teaching their Capstone projects