WISE at ALISE 2014

Designing Online Courses for Diverse Communities of Learners

The WISE (Web-Based Information Science Education) Consortium offered its tenth annual pre-conference workshop addressing Educational Entrepeneurship at the January 2014 conference for the Association for Library & Information Science Education (ALISE) in Philadelphia.


Those who attended had the opportunity to learn more about current trends in online education including designing for diversity in online learning, global connections and diverse skill sets and much more from faculty winners of the 2013 WISE Awards.


The workshop schedule below includes links to presentation slides and handouts:


Tuesday, January 21, 2014 

10:00 am - 12:00 pm


Sponsored by the Web-based Information Science Education (WISE) Consortium


As LIS programs become more entrepreneurial, reaching more diverse groups of learners, LIS educators are challenged to design their courses for diverse communities. There are many possible dimensions of diversity—different learner work contexts with different value structures (e.g., library vs. business), different cultural contexts when courses have a global reach, differences in learner demographics (age, gender, ethnicity), and differences in technology use outside of class, including social media. How does online course design take into account this diversity? This panel of experienced online educators will provide examples of how they have worked to address diverse communities of learners in their course designs and encourage interaction with members of the audience.


Moderator: Nicole Cooke, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


Presenters: Lilia Pavlovsky, Rutgers University; Michael Stephens, San Jose State University; and Jill Hurst-Wahl, Syracuse University

Pictured left to right:  Nicole Cooke, Linda Smith, Jill Hurst-Wahl, Michael Stephens and Lilia Pavlovsky


Workshop follow up


Linda Smith welcomed everyone and announced this year’s WISE faculty award winners, which include Lilia, Jill, and Michael once again! Nicole Cooke then moderated the workshop, working with attendees and directing questions.  Jill Hurst-Wahl talked about Designing Online Courses for Diverse Communities of Learners.  Michael Stephens talked about Global connections and Diverse Skill sets and Lilia Pavlovsky talked about Online learning Culture and Designing for Diversity.