Embedded Librarian Course

Embedded Librarian Course

Welcome to the course for embedded librarians. This course is facilitated by your online learning librarian. This asynchronous course was developed by the online librarian with input from subject librarians and Library Learning Services. The two major sections of the course cover content in online embedded librarianship and the online learning environment. I am excited for you all to take this course and engage in lifelong learning. 

This is a self-paced course that must be completed within one month. The estimated time to complete the course is 3 hours. There are nine modules in the course. I realize that all of you come with different areas of expertise and interests. Through the design of this course, you should embrace your prior knowledge and think about how you can build upon it in the course. Sharing your diverse backgrounds and experiences can only serve to strengthen the course and our learning. Even though you may not be taking the course in conjunction with someone else, the information will be maintained in the course and a distant community of learners should emerge.

Carefully review our Course Syllabus now so you can learn more about our course topics and expectations. (There is a link to our syllabus in the left-hand menu, as well, so you can access it easily at any point during the course.)

After you have reviewed the syllabus, click on Modules in the course navigation to begin.

Course Prerequisites

There are no course prerequisites.

Course Content

Lesson 1: What does Embedded Librarianship Mean?

  • Differentiate how the liaison role may look in an online course compared to a face-to-face course
  • Identify helpful practices for designing learning activities for online learners
  • Articulate to yourself the learning outcomes that are expected for students as a result of librarians being embedded in the course
  • Align with existing course objectives and create library objectives for assessment alignment
  • Identify 3-5 ways that a librarian could be involved in different activities within the course

Lesson 2: Introduction to Canvas

  • Know what the different parts of Canvas are for designing learning activities
  • Be comfortable in navigating Canvas and locating the resource you are looking for
  • Request a Sandbox in order to play in Canvas in a risk-free environment
  • Be aware of the limits Canvas imposes on the librarian role and become familiar with potential solutions to interact meaningfully with students in spite of this 

Lesson 3: Benefits of Embedding during Delivery of the Course 

  • Understand the potential impact of being embedded in the delivery of the course from the student perspective of identifying and associating with the library
  • Be able to identify key times in the course where assistance from a librarian would be particularly useful
  • Be more comfortable in approaching faculty/designers and suggesting possible changes to an assignment due to observation of being in the course for the semester

Lesson 4: Collaborative Content Creation

  • Save the chart that delineates responsibilities within the system to understand how to best fill the role as the embedded librarian
  • Identify typical communication channels for faculty and instructional designers in order to best communicate within existing channels

Lesson 5: Personalizing yourself in the Online Environment

  • Create your profile
  • Create two photographs for your profile
  • Understand why two photographs is preferable

Lesson 6: Learning about World Campus Students 

  • Describe typical demographics for WC students

Lesson 7: Managing your Time Online

  • Collect new strategies for understanding how to effectively organize your time
  • How to align your own library instructional objectives with the course objectives
  • Identify the support available to help you develop quality learning activities and interactions for the students

Lesson 8: Engaging Students with Online Tools

  • Identify what web 2.0 tools are 
  • Articulate how they can be used to foster active learning for the student
  • Recall the decisions that need to be made when deciding to use a particular web 2.0 tool

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Completing the Course

All of the modules and related activities need to be completed. In addition, lesson 9 includes an automated and manual assessment that reviews your growth in the course. You must receive verified competency in this course in order to receive your certificate. Upon completing the course, you will also receive a statement that can be included in Digital Measures. 

Next to each lesson, you will see an estimated time to complete for that individual lesson. 

Late Policy on Assignments

There is no late policy for assignments. This is a self-paced course. The only requirement is to complete the course within one month of your start date.

Accessibility Statement

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