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Instructional Design for Distance Learning

Wednesday, April 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT

Instructional Design for Distance Learning

Presented by Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair, New Canaan High School, CT; and Dr. Brenda Boyer, Teacher Librarian, Kutztown School District, PA

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It is safe to say that many of us feel unprepared for the current coronavirus pandemic. Even the most unflappable among us are impacted by social isolation, limited access to goods and services, joblessness, a faltering economy, and of course profound concerns about the physical and emotional health of our loved ones and ourselves. Most educators have had little or no training in designing instruction for distance learning which, as we are all learning, is very different from in-real-life instruction.

Watch Michelle Luhtala in a conversation about the instructional design of online learning, with high school librarian and Rutgers University lecturer Dr. Brenda Boyer. The two discuss easy-to-use design models to guide online instruction development, some rules of thumb to keep in mind, and tools and strategies to capture and retain student engagement. This conversation highlights resources to support audience needs.

This recorded edWebinar will be of interest to grades 6-12 educators across subject areas.


Michelle LuhtalaAbout the Presenters

Michelle Luhtala, Library Department Chair at New Canaan High School in Connecticut, was one of five school librarians named as a “Mover and Shaker” by Library Journal in 2015. She is the winner of the 2011 “I Love My Librarian” Award and the Library Association’s 2010 Outstanding Librarian Award. The New Canaan High School Library won AASL’s National School Library Program of the year in 2010. Follow Michelle on Twitter @mluhtala


Brenda Boyer

Brenda Boyer, Ph.D., is an instructional designer and information fluency expert. She has designed online instruction for secondary learners in the Kutztown School District in Pennsylvania, and for graduate and professional development learners at Eduspire, iLearn Collaborative, and Rutgers University, where she is currently a part-time online instructor in the School of Communication and Information. She frequently presents at iNACOL, AASL, ISTE, and Internet@Schools conferences. Dr. Boyer received the 2014 AASL Collaborative School Library Award and is a co-author of the Library Technology Report: Social Media Curation (ALA, 2014), as well as “K-12 Online and Blended Learning, School Libraries, and School Librarians” in The Handbook of Research on K-12 Online and Blended Learning (ETC, 2014), and articles for various library journals. Dr. Boyer’s research interests include online learning, instructional design, and inquiry/research models. When she is not teaching, researching, or reading, Dr. Boyer can be found on various bike or ski trails.


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Wednesday, April 15, 2020
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EDT
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