Move Your Teaching Forward by Designing Your Instruction in Reverse (CE302)

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Saturday, May 16, 8:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Cost: $265 (nonmember: $490)
Attendance maximum: 30

Want to create presentations that engage your audience and help them remember and use what’s important? Backwards design offers you a step-by-step approach to creating personalized, effective learning experiences!

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify common mistakes instructors make when presenting content to an audience.
  • Describe how students learn.
  • Discuss the differences between traditional instructional design and backwards instructional design.
  • Use the principles of backwards design to review and update an existing lesson plan or presentation.


Alex Carroll, MSLS, AHIP, is the Librarian for STEM Research at the Vanderbilt University Libraries. Alex serves as a liaison librarian for the School of Engineering and STEM academic units within the College of Arts and Science, supporting the research of faculty and developing curriculum-integrated information literacy instruction programs for students in the sciences.

Alex serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the Medical Library Association, is a Senior member of MLA's Academy of Health Information Professionals (AHIP), and in 2016 was selected for the Award for Professional Excellence by a New Health Sciences Librarian by MLA's Mid-Atlantic Chapter. His research interests include evidence-based practice, mentoring emerging LIS professionals, and improving information literacy instruction for students in the sciences; he has published on these topics in journals such as portal: Libraries and the academy, The Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Journal of the Medical Library Association.

Previously, Alex was the Lead Librarian for Research Engagement and the Research Librarian for Engineering and Biotechnology at the NC State University Libraries. Prior to joining NC State, Alex was the Agriculture and Natural Resources Librarian at the University of Maryland. He received his MSLS degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s School of Information and Library Science, and his BA from James Madison University.


MLA CE Credits: 4