LIBR 250-10
Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals
Fall 2014 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.

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The instructor will enroll you in his personal website from your official enrollment on my.sjsu. We do not use D2L during this class.

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 with emphasis upon school libraries.

Course Requirements

Class Website
Find the class website at: This website contains all assignments, class dates and tools you will need to complete the course.

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Blackboard Collaborate
This class will use Collaborate 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/iSCHOOL website.

Class Meetings
See the schdule for this classes on SJSU/iSCHOOL. It meets on Tuesday evenings via Collaborate. 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.


Assignment SLOs Core Competencies
Virtual Learning Commons 1-6 J,K,M,N
Module One 1, 2, 3, 4, 7 J,K,M,N
Module 2: Transformation A 1-6 K
Module 2: Transformation B 1-6 K
Module 2: Transformation C 1-6 K
Module Three 1-6 K,N
Personal Learning Environment 3  
Class Workshop Sessions 1, 2, 3, 7 K,M,N
Reading Plan 1, 2, 3, 7 J,K,M
Blog Participation 1, 2, 3, 7


Students are encouraged to do A work for this course.Work less than this standard will be returned to the student for reworking.

All assignments and their point values are listed on the class website.

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

The textbooks for this course are listed on the instructor's website.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of current learning and instructional theory.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with information literacy standards and models.
  3. Evaluate tools for teaching and learning in face-to-face and online environments.
  4. Conduct a learner needs assessment.
  5. Plan, execute, and evaluate a unit of instruction.
  6. Integrate information literacy skills into instructional units.
  7. Describe the importance of communication and collaboration with key constituents in the instructional design and delivery processes.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 250 supports the following core competencies:

  1. J Describe the fundamental concepts of information-seeking behaviors.
  2. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services based on measurable criteria.


Required Textbooks:

  • Loertscher, D., Koechlin, C., & Zwaan, S. (2009). The big think: 9 metacognitive strategies that make the end just the beginning of learning. Hi Willow. Available through LMC Source arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D., Koechlin, C., Zwaan, S., & Rosenfeld, E. (2011). The new learning commons where learners win (2nd ed.). LMC Source. Available from the publisher: LMC Source arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Loertscher, D.V., Koechlin, C., & Zwaan, S. (2011). Beyond Bird Units (2nd ed.). Hi Willow Research & Publishing. Available through LMC Source 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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