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John Shank
The Center for Learning & Teaching
Associate Instructional Design Librarian
Penn State Berks, USA

The digital information age presents the academia with an unprecedented opportunity to shift its course resources from primarily passive resources (i.e. books, magazines, newspapers, journals, videos, etc...) to active resources such as interactive tutorials, modules, games, and simulations. These resources are quickly emerging as supplemental learning materials for blended, online, and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The academic library has the potential to become the primary hub (learning commons) for providing the public, faculty, and students access to these resources. This session will explore the emergence of interactive learning materials (ILMs) as part of the Open Educational Resources (OERs) movement and the implications it has for society as well as the possible impact on higher education. You will learn what ILMs are along with how to find, choose, and use such resources in instructional settings.


John D. Shank is the Instructional Design Librarian and Director of The Center for Learning & Teaching at Penn State Berks. Prior to his appointment in July 2001, he held positions at Bryn Mawr, Haverford, and Montgomery County Community College. He was selected by Library Journal in 2005 as a Mover and Shaker.

His responsibilities include teaching, administration, research, and service. He teaches CAS 283 (Communication and Information Technology) & CAS 383 (Culture & Technology). He developed the Berks Educational Technology Grant Curriculum Program in 2002 and since that time has directed more than 90 grant projects that have been awarded to 60 faculty, initially impacting over 100 courses and more than 3500 students. These initiatives focus on enhancing the student-centered teaching and learning environment. His research interests include the role, use, and impact of instructional technologies in higher education and academic libraries.

He has given hundreds of presentations at conferences, meetings, webinars, and workshops. Additionally, he has authored and coauthored a book, book chapters, and articles that focus on library integration into learning management systems, Learning Objects (Digital/Interactive Learning Materials), and the development of instructional design librarian positions. He is the co-founder and Advisory Board Co-Chair of the Blended Librarian On-line Community (, as well as a reviewer for the Journal College & Research Libraries.