Breakout Session

Designing Learner Centered Library Instruction: An Information Literacy Reboot

Track: Library

Breakout II
Thursday, 11:45 am – 12:45 pm

Montclair State University instructional designers and librarians engaged in a conversation to reboot information literacy instruction and capture it in an online environment. The means to provide information literacy and research instruction must be nimble and adaptable in order to keep up with this ever evolving information age. Using the learning management system, they designed a series of open educational resources (modules in Canvas) to help students broaden their understanding of research skills. Learning experiences were designed in modules following an inquiry-based pedagogical model to enhance critical thinking and allow students to apply their understanding to multiple, real-world research challenges.

Catherine Baird
Online and Outreach Librarian

Joe Russo
Instructional Designer

Carolyn Demefack
Senior Instructional Designer
Montclair State University

Catherine Baird is the Online and Outreach Services Librarian at Montclair State University Library. Previously, she worked at Sheridan College, a post-secondary institution with four campuses in the Greater Toronto Area. There she served as Liaison Librarian to the Faculty of Health and Community Studies. Prior to that Catherine held the position of Marketing, Communications and Outreach Librarian at Hamilton, Ontario’s McMaster University. She has an MLIS from the University of Western Ontario as well as an MA in German from the University of British Columbia.

Joe Russo is an Instructional Designer with Montclair State University. He previously worked at Montclair State’s ADP Center for Teacher Preparation & Learning Technologies. There he provided professional development for faculty, aspiring teacher education students, and P-12 classroom teachers, with a concentration on implementing innovative and practical methods for integrating new technologies in the classroom. He has an MA in Modern History and Literature from Drew University, as well as an MS in Library and Information Science from the Pratt Institute.

Carolyn Demefack is a Senior Instructional Designer with Montclair State University. She has over fifteen years of experience as an educator and brings extensive experience leveraging technology and multimedia to enhance learning. Her work focuses on the design, development and management of adult education in online, hybrid, and face-to-face programs. She is dedicated to developing learning environments that meet the needs of diverse learners, encourage critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration and reflection. She leads online faculty development initiatives, facilitates training and provides one-on-one support. She brings experience applying a wide variety of instructional design methodologies and learner-centered pedagogical approaches to media rich learning environments. Carolyn has a MA in Educational Communications and Technology from the NYU Steinhart School of Education.