INFO 250-02
Design and Implementation of Instructional Strategies for Information Professionals
Topic: Instructional Design K-12 Focus
Fall 2018 Syllabus

Dr. David Loertscher
Phone(Home): (801)532-1165
Phone(Cell): (801)755-1122
Office Hours: The professor is best reached through e-mail. You may also call the professor at 801-755-1122 mobile. 

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The instructor will enroll you in his personal website from your official enrollment on my.sjsu. We do not use Canvas during this class. The first day of instruction is August 21.

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 and academic libraries.

Course Requirements

Class Website
Find the class website at:  INFO 250 Fall 2018 - This website contains all assignments, class dates and tools you will need to complete the course.

Zoom and Canvass
This class will use Zoom and Canvas as its major technologies during the semester. Be sure that you are prepared to be online during the first class session by taking practice classes on the SJSU iSchool website.

Class Meetings
See the schedule for this classes on SJSU iSchool. It meets on Tuesday evenings via Zoom. Links to the class will be posted on the class website. See the schedule for this classes on SJSU iSchool. It meets on Tuesday evenings via Zoom. Links to the class will be posted on the class website at


Assignment CLOs Core Competencies
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 J,K,M

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 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

INFO 250 has no prequisite requirements.

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Conduct a learner needs assessment.
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with information literacy standards and models.
  3. Evaluate tools for teaching and learning in face-to-face and online environments.
  4. Demonstrate an understanding of current learning and instructional theory.
  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)

INFO 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 work including collaboration and presentations.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services using 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.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 or undergraduate (for BS-ISDA);
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA, Informatics, BS-ISDA) — 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 if you wish to stay in the program. 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.

Graduate Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA). Undergraduates must maintain a 2.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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