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Asynchronous Online Learning Materials: Best Practices

This guide is for librarians and library staff that create asynchronous online learning materials, primarily videos tutorials.

Welcome to the Vanderbilt Libraries Asynchronous Online Learning Guide!

This guide is meant to help individual librarians and library staff learn how to create asynchronous learning materials that can be embedded in their LibGuides, Brightspace classrooms, utilized in reference emails and consultations, and embedded in the library FAQs. With this guide you can have a template to more easily create high-quality subject-specific asynchronous learning tools, which will enhance your current instruction and training services.

Asynchronous learning materials fall under teaching and learning rather than public relations. As such, this content does not need to be vetted by anyone other than the content creator(s). If you plan on embedding your asynchronous content in the library website or individual school website (I.e., a video introducing a library and its services) then you may want to consider having your content reviewed by the appropriate webmaster and/or public relations representative for your individual library and/or school.

This guide was developed by the Asynchronous Online Learning Project Team during the summer of 2020:

  • Alex Carroll, Science & Engineering
  • Sarah Dunaway, Law
  • Heather Laferriere, Biomedical
  • Rachel Lavenda, Special Collections
  • Sara Manus, Music
  • Ramona Romero, Central
  • Sarah Stevenson, Peabody