ODCE: Modules and Online Instructional Design Promote Problem Based Learning

The second session I attended featured Kelly Broughton and Bonnie Fink from Bowling Green State University. Their session focused on the intersection of online instructional design and problem based learning. Kelly described her experiences designing and using an information literacy module developed for an apparel marketing course. Bonnie spoke to her experience developing an online research module for technology students. Bonnie also spoke about designing instruction for adult learners.

The big points I came away with:

  • start with an audience analysis to balance the competing nature of perfect instruction with how student's will use it
  • context is critical for on-line learning
  • the experience must be memorable and influential
  • including quality feedback mechanism helps to validate and refine

After their presentation they distributed an annotated suggested reading list. They both recommended Michael Orey's eBook Learning, Teaching, and Technology and Martin Ryder's Instructional Design Models web site as excellent resources for online instructional design. A participant also recommended the PBL Clearinghouse at the University of Delaware as a good problem based learning resource.

There was a lot of discussion at the end about when to use PBL. Many participants felt that PBL works best with juniors and seniors. It was also suggested that if PBL is used with freshmen and sophomores the exercise should be smaller or the problem should be more defined.


InfoWizard is a cool tool that has been developed by Kent State, BGSU, University of Cincinnati, Tri-C, and the Mount through a multi-year grant. These information literacy tutorials are in various stages of development. The premise is that they can be used by any Ohio college or university. One of the sessions at the ODCE conference was co-presented by the schools currently working on developing these modules.

Learning Objects for Library Instruction

I found a link to a presentation given at ALAO on learning objects. Karen Diaz and Nancy O’Hanlon from The Ohio State University Libraries have posted Learning Objects for Library Instruction to OSU’s Knowledge Bank.

“This presentation was given at the Spring Workshop of the Academic Library Association of Ohio (ALAO) Instruction Interest Group on April 23, 2004. It discusses theory of learning objects and provides examples of learning object repositories. Techniques and software useful for building interactive learning objects, such as simulations, games, guided tasks (action mazes and Web Quests) are described. Evaluation of learning objects and use of the National Learning Infrastructure Initiative (NLII) observation tool are also covered. A workshop activity and a resource list are included.”