Teaching the teachers: teaching and learning online

Barbara A. Burd (Head of Reference and Information Literacy, Colgate University, Hamilton, New York, USA)
Lori E. Buchanan (Instructional Services Librarian and Professor, Austin Peay University, Clarksville, Tennessee, USA)

Reference Services Review

ISSN: 0090-7324

Publication date: 1 December 2004


As online learning opportunities increase in today's society, librarians need to consider additional ways to design online instruction effectively. Developing the strategies necessary to teach and learn online successfully requires an understanding of learning styles and how they may be best addressed in the online environment. As is the case in a face‐to‐face classroom, the use of a specific teaching style or set of styles must expand in order to address different learning styles when teaching online. Successful teaching and learning depend on all participants possessing the attitudes necessary to succeed in the online environment. This paper provides information about learning and teaching styles, and it addresses how teaching to various learning styles may be accomplished using the available online tools and resources.



Burd, B. and Buchanan, L. (2004), "Teaching the teachers: teaching and learning online", Reference Services Review, Vol. 32 No. 4, pp. 404-412. https://doi.org/10.1108/00907320410569761

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