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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.

Librarian Instructor Introduction Video (less than 1 minute)

Sample Outline

  • Welcome to the students, including introducing yourself, your title and field of expertise 
  • Why you love your discipline and the courses you teach 
  • What excites you about online teaching and some “pitfalls” you’ll help them avoid as online students 
  • Personal information, such as hobbies or information about your family/home life (Optional) 

Sample Scripts

You can adapt this example to make your own, always taking in mind that your speech should not last longer than a minute. It is a good idea to write down your librarian instructor self-introduction text and practice reading it many times in order to memorize it before you shoot your video.

Sample Script 1: (Sarah Dunaway & First Year Legal Research)

Hello and welcome to First Year Legal Research! My name is Professor Dunaway, and I am a Research Services Librarian and Instructor of Law here in the law school. I was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, but I’m still somewhat new to the Nashville area. I obtained my J.D. from St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida, where I then practiced Immigration Law. I then moved to Seattle, Washington and obtained my Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, with a specialization in law librarianship, from the University of Washington. I then worked in the Public Law Library of King County in Seattle for several years before I joined the Vanderbilt Massey Law Library in the summer of 2018.

I have a genuine passion for law librarianship, legal research, and the legal system and I love to share my passion and knowledge with our law students in fun and creative ways.

I am actually very excited to teach this course in a fully immersive online manner, and I think this class is well suited to an online learning environment. That being said, zoom fatigue is real for all of us and I promise to make our synchronous class time rewarding and enriching, even in our online environment.

Take some time to explore our online classroom and feel free to reach out to me with any questions you might have. Otherwise, I will see you very soon in our first synchronous zoom session. Bye for now!

Sample Video: Librarian Instructor - Sarah Dunaway