The Instructional Designer: Opportunities for Collaboration with Librarians and Faculty

Recorded on Thursday, May 11th, 2017

Instructional design is a growing field within many universities that offer online programs. The instructional designer works with faculty to plan, design and implement a full course, or parts of a course. Instructional designers are usually experts in learning theories and pedagogy, and have a toolbox full of ideas for improving teaching and learning. However, they are many occasions where an instructional designer could benefit from collaborating with a librarian, and vice versa. Presenters will explain the role of instructional designers, how collaboration between instructional designers, librarians and faculty might be beneficial, and explain how to prepare future librarians for this kind of work in LIS programs.


  • Jenna Kammer works as an instructional designer at the University of Missouri. She is embedded in the College of Arts of Science and works with A&S faculty to put courses online, solve instructional challenges, and integrate technology into existing courses. Jenna just finished her doctorate degree from the University of Missouri’s School of Information Science and Learning Technologies this Spring. In the Fall, she will join the faculty at the University of Central Missouri as Assistant Professor of Library Science in the LIS program.
  • Jenny Bossaller is an Associate Professor at the School of Information Science & Learning Technologies (SISLT) at the University of Missouri – Columbia (MU). She spearheaded the ELIP (E-Learning Information Professional) Program at MU, which combines librarianship and e-learning coursework. Read more at

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