The MLA Guide to Instructional Design Basics

This course is open for registration.

The MLA Guide to Instructional Design Basics takes you through the process of creating a single-session learning event. As you take on the challenge of solving a problem faced by a group of students and faculty, you’ll gain or reinforce skills in creating a learning session, from identifying a need for instruction to developing learning outcomes to evaluating the effectiveness of a session.

The course includes:

  • A realistic scenario that you engage to develop and practice instructional design skills

  • A guide to implementing core design elements

  • Resources for additional learning

  • Pre and post self-assessments of your instructional design skills

 This course is an approved elective for the Level I Data Services Specialization.

Learning Outcomes

When you complete the course you will be able to design an instructional event. You’ll be able to:

  • Identify the need for instruction

  • Design an instructional event, including identifying learning outcomes, outlining the event, and writing content

  • Develop hand-outs and other materials

  • Deliver an event

  • Evaluate the event to determine its effectiveness



Any librarian or other health information professional, novice or veteran, who wants to develop core marketing and strategic communication skills.


MLA CE Credits 1.5

Illinois CNE contact hours 1.5

Subject Matter Expert

Jessica Sender (MLS, MET, AHIP) is the librarian for the College of Nursing and for the Department of Communicative Sciences and Disorders at Michigan State University. She works with faculty, staff, and students at all levels to design and deliver effective instruction experiences. She has taught continuing education courses on information literacy and instructional effectiveness. She has presented and written on a variety of instructional topics, including incorporating the ACRL Framework into discipline-specific instruction, instruction for adult learners, and the intersection of instruction and instructional technology. 


The team that created The MLA Guide to Instructional Design Basics:

Jessica Sender, Subject Matter Expert

Devlin Peck (, Instructional Designer

Emily Brennan, MLA Instruction and Instructional Design Committee Representative


Staff support:

Barry Grant, MLA Director, Education

Deb Cavanaugh, MLA Director, Professional Development




Registration Fees:

  • Member: $85
  • Student Member: $43
  • Emeritus, Retired, Unemployed and Lower Dues: $43>
  • Nonmember: $115