Journey to the Outer Limits of Evidence-Based Practice (EBP) Instruction

Date of Live Instructor-Led Sessions: October 25 and October 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, Central Time.


This course will share pedagogical approaches for creating active learning activities for evidence-based practice (EBP) instruction. Participants will learn from librarians who teach a range of audiences about their different instruction approaches, including but not limited to the flipped classroom model, case-based learning, and online instruction. Example learning activities will be completed by attendees to reinforce knowledge and provide opportunities to apply active learning concepts. Discussion of practical approaches to curricular integration, how student learning can be assessed, and design and implementation challenges will also be presented.

Attendance maximum: 25

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Articulate common challenges related to implementing active learning approaches in the context of EBP instruction and identify possible options to overcome them
  • Develop or enhance an active learning activity appropriate for instruction at their own institution
  • Identify at least one method of assessment appropriate for application in their own instruction sessions


Laura Menard is the Assistant Director for Medical Education and Access Services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis, IN. Her primary responsibilities include designing EBM curriculum components, delivering instruction, and training colleagues on new concepts and instruction best practices. A member of the 2017-2018 cohort of MLA Rising Stars and a 2019-2020 RTI Fellow, she interested in strategically integrating EBM into the health sciences, formulating and assessing EBM learning outcomes, and giving librarians the skills to work as partners in the curriculum.

Hanna Schmillen, AHIP, Health Sciences and Professions Librarian, Ohio University Libraries. A member of the 2017-2018 cohort of MLA Rising Stars. Relevant experience: Has co-developed and taught EBP-focused (i.e. PICO, appraisal, EBP resources, etc.) assignments, sessions, and activities for several courses throughout the College of Health Sciences and Professions, including but not limited to: Communication Sciences & Disorders 6010: Research Methods; Nursing 4110: Clinical Judgement IV; Physical Therapy 7400: Evidence-Based Practice in Physical Therapy; Physician Assistant 6210: Evidence-Based Research. Has co-designed and implemented an active-learning and teaching workshop (Learning to Teach, Teaching to Learn: Designing and Delivering Effective Information Sessions) and on-going micro teaching program for Ohio University Libraries that focuses on enhancing librarian teaching practices to be learner-focused.

Amy Blevins is the Associate Director for Public Services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library in Indianapolis, IN. In her role, Ms. Blevins oversees the education, liaison, and reference services at the Ruth Lilly Medical Library. She is a strong advocate for evidence-based medicine and creating curriculum integrated sessions that teach students the skills they need to be successful lifelong learners. She serves the Medical Library Association on a national level as Treasurer and is a member of the 2018-2019 NLM/AAHSL Leadership Fellows Program Cohort. 

Stephanie Swanberg,
AHIP, is the User Services Librarian at the Michigan School of Psychology. In her previous position at the Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine (OUWB), her work focused on the pivotal role of medical librarians as educators in locating, evaluating, synthesizing, organizing, and applying information, an essential skill for all health care professionals and consumers alike. She designs and delivers information mastery content primarily in the Embark and Evidence-Based Medicine courses for first and second-year medical students and has additional sessions integrated in various courses throughout the first two years of the curriculum. She also teaches faculty development workshops in information searching, evaluation, and management. She strives to fulfill the medical school's community-focused mission through her community engagement work both on campus and in the local community.

Registration Information

  • Length: Two part course that includes (2) 1.5 hour live instructor-led sessions + practice lessons
  • Dates of Instructor-Led Sessions: October 25 and October 28, 10:30am-12:00pm, Central Time
  • Technical information: Go to MY Learning in MEDLIB-ED to access the course, live sessions, resources, evaluation and certificate.
  • Register, participate, and earn 6 MLA continuing education (CE) contact hours.

MLA CE Credits: 6