LIBR 250-10
Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals
Spring Greensheet

Dr. David Loertscher
Phone(Home): (801)532-1165
Phone(Cell): (801)755-1122
Office Hours: E-mail is the best way to make an appointment. Consultations are best when classes meet in either north or south. You may also call the professor.

Course Links
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Textbooks | Course Requirements

Students must self-enroll in Blackboard for this course. The instructor will send the access code via MySJSU.

Course Description

Examination of concepts of instruction in the use of information technologies, information services, and sources. Includes investigation of learning theory and instructional design. Emphasis on application of theory through development of instruction and instructional resources in various media for use in a broad array of institutional environments.

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will have:

  • Build an understanding of educational theory and practice, the foundations of curriculum and accountability, the role of collaborative planning, the principles of information literacy, information and communication technologies (ICT) literacy, and other literacies vital to the finding, use, and communicating of information in teaching and learning.
  • Built a strong understanding of current educational theory and practice, the foundations of curriculum and accountability, the role of collaborative planning, and the principles of information literacy.
  • Become adept at planning, executing, and evaluating units of instruction as a partner with a teacher or professor in an academic setting K-20 or in any organization doing training.
  • Become adept at integrating information literacy into instructional sequences or using information literacy models as the design structure of inquiry-based (constructivist) education.
  • Built technology tool skills needed to work and teach collaboratively both locally and at a distance.
  • Built a strong component of the mission of the School of Library and Information Science: In support of the San Jose State University Mission, the School of Library and Information Science educates professionals to address the information needs of their community, the nature of information and its uses and its supporting technologies through teaching, research, service, and leadership. LIBR 250 is at the core of this mission as it seeks to make librarians activists in the teaching and learning process, beyond the mere storage and provision of information.

LIBR 250 supports the following SLIS Core Competencies:

  • design training programs based on appropriate learning principles and theories;
  • demonstrate oral and written communications skills necessary for group work, collaborations and professional level presentations.

Course Requirements

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This class will use Elluminate as its major technology during the semester. Be sure tht you are prepared to be online the first class session by taking practice classes on the SJSU/SLIS website.

Class Meetings
See the schdule for this classes on SJSU/SLIS. It meets on Monday evenings via Elluminate. Links to the class will be posted on the class website at

Office Hours
The professor is best reached through e-mail. You may also call the professor at home at 801-532-1165 or 801-755-1122 mobile.

Students will be responsible to create assessment strategies for the course with the help of the professor. Preliminary notion of assessment; the final points are logged on the Assignment Manager in Blackboard.

Points for online class:

Engaging Problem #1 (reading) 50
Engaging Problem #2 (5 transformations) 50
Engaging Problem #3 (do it!) 30
Participation -Elluminate interation projects during class – Per class on elluminate or in person more 10
Interviews;Reading plan; wikis (each 10) 30
Group information literacy model; personal model 5
Sotes 10
Total 185

We will also be on a number of web2.0 applications during the term and experiments in this direction will result in additional points being added for varying assignments. These will become clear as the class does various planning sessions.

Class Participation
Class participation in both sections is vital because of the constructivist nature of the class.

Textbooks and Readings

Required Textbooks:

  • American Association of School Librarians (1998). Information Literacy Standards for Student Learning. ALA. Available through Amazon: 0838934714. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V., Koechlin, C., & Zwaan, S. (2007). Beyond Bird Units. Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 1933170379. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Armstrong, T., & Brannen, J. (2002). You're Smarter Than You Think: A Kid's Guide to Multiple Intelligences. Free Spirit Publishing. Available through Amazon: 1575421135. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Koechlin, C., & Zwaan, S. (2005). Build Your Own Information Literate School (2nd ed.). Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 0931510899. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V., & Woolls, B. (2001). Information Literacy: A Review of the Research: A Guide for Practitioners and Researchers (2nd. ed.). Hi Willow Research and publishing. Available through Amazon: 0931510805. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V., & Todd, R. J. (2005). We Boost Achievement!: Evidence Based Practice For School Library Media Specialists. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 0931510937. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D. V. (2005). Ban Those Bird Units! 15 Models for Teaching and Learning in Information–rich and Technology–rich Environments. Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1933170115. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Rose, C., & Nicholl, M. J. (1997). Accelerated Learning for the 21st Century: The Six–Step Plan to Unlock Your Master–Mind. Dell Publishing. Available through Amazon: 0440507790. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Wiggins, G., & McTigue, J. (2005). Understanding by Design (Expanded 2nd Edition). Prentice Hall. Available through Amazon: 0131950843. arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F


In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation.  You must repeat the class the following semester. If -on the second attempt- you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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