In addition to exhibiting good web design, Research Guides also have an educational purpose. How you apply instructional design to your guides will in some ways reflect your personal pedagogy. Just as in a physical classroom, the teaching strategies you select for your research guides should be informed by your understanding of how students learn, your specific learning objectives, and the context in which learning takes place.
Whether implicit or listed on the homepage, you should have clear learning objectives for every guide. What do you intend a visitor to your guide to learn? Consider the following:
Research guides are a form of asynchronous instruction. While we can use guides during our synchronous, face-to-face instruction sessions, a well-constructed guide also allows students to learn at the own pace, when and where they are ready to learn.
Just like synchronous, face-to-face instruction, asynchronous instruction should also include active learning strategies. The following are just a few ideas for integrating active learning into your guides.
There is no single, correct way to promote active learning in your research guides. Be creative. Experiment. Seek feedback from your target audience.