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WU Libraries Instruction Community of Practice

Learning Outcomes

Backwards design is a way for us to make decisions about our instruction sessions upfront before we step into the classroom. It is a way for us to structure our sessions with our learning goals in mind in order for us to be able to better help our students reach those goals. 

For more information in Information Literacy and Instructional Design, check out the blog Information Literacy by Design:

Backwards Design (Wiggins and McTighe, 2005)

Backwards design graphic.

Bloom's Taxonomy Graphic. Click to open up source article.

Where will you teach?

Librarians can teach classes either in Olin Library or in your classroom. Olin Library has three instruction spaces that serve a variety of pedagogical needs and purposes. For more information about these rooms as well as usage policies see the Instruction Rooms page on the Library's website. 

Instruction Room 1: active learning space with 16 tables, collaborative software for sharing student and instructor laptop screens, and two large monitors for sharing content. 

Instruction Room 2: traditional lab set up; divisible room - side a has 14 computers/seats; side b has 12. Projector capabilities available in both rooms. 

Instruction Room 3: flexible learning space; tables as well as movable desks; set up for 38. Large monitor with collaborative software for group content sharing.

On the Road Teaching Toolkit

  • Dry Erase Markers
  • Laser Pointer
  • Note cards or post-its
  • Buttons
  • Bookmarks
  • Candy
  • Handouts/worksheets
  • Pens

Visit Amanda to stock up on your supplies when they're low!

Adding a Librarian to your course in Canvas is easy with these step-by-step instructions from Canvas Community. Use the link below to check out the instructions:

For more information about the transition to Canvas as well as additional resources, see the Hello, Canvas! website at