Available Until 9/18/2024

Interactive and Engaging Online Instruction: A Hands-On Workshop

Dates Changed for Live Instructor-Led Sessions: September 18 & September 25, 2024, 10:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m., central time.

Are your online sessions mostly you talking to black squares on Zoom? Have you moved a face-to-face course online and it’s just not resonating with learners like it used to? Are you new to online instruction and want to start off right? Whether you are creating online tutorials, leading a webinar, or teaching an entire class online, this course will improve your online pedagogy.

Marcia Rapchak, who has been teaching online for more than 10 years and has authored numerous articles on online instruction, instructional design, and other areas of teaching and learning, will be your guide to making your synchronous and asynchronous online instruction engaging, accessible, and inclusive.

Marcia will share research-based and strategies based on current, powerful models of teaching and learning, such as the Community of Inquiry model, Mayer’s Multimedia Principles, and Universal Design for Learning. You’ll acquire skills in leading live webinars, virtual workshops, and real-time discussions, designing self-paced modules and discussion boards, and curating multimedia course components.

You’l learn through hands-on activities, demonstrations, direct instruction, short, informative readings, and individual assignments that allow you to apply your learning to your own teaching and institutions.

You’ll leave the course with handouts, readings, tools, and guidelines for delivering effective online instruction and with strategies and skills you can immediately apply.


Health Sciences librarians who teach online and seek to improve their instruction or who want to start off on the right foot with online instruction.

Learning Outcomes

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

  • Develop and deliver interactive online instruction in an asynchronous format
  • Develop and deliver interactive online instruction in a synchronous session
  • Use universal design for learning and multimedia learning principles to engage online learners



Marcia Rapchak photoMarcia Rapchak, MSLS, EdD has created and delivered online courses since 2012. She teaches at the University of Pittsburgh in their MLIS program, both face-to-face and online, and has developed and taught an asynchronous course entitled simply Instructional Design. She is the subject matter expert for the MLA self-paced course, Active Learning Strategies for Effective and Engaging Instruction, and has numerous publications on instructional design, online instruction, and other areas of teaching and learning.

MLA CE Credits: 5