Category Archives: eLearning

April e-Learning from ACRL

ACRL is offering two online learning opportunities this month to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (April 22, 2015)
This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments.

What You Need to Know about Writing Data Management Plans (April 27-May 15, 2015)
Join two experienced data management plan consultants with experience in liaison librarianship and information technology as they demonstrate how all librarians have the ability to successfully consult on data management plan. Each week will include assigned readings, a written lecture, discussion questions, weekly assignments, and live chats with the instructors.

Complete details and registration information for our April e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

ACRL Presents Webcast –Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action (3/4)

small_bannerJoin us for the free ACRL Presents webcast, “Putting the Framework for Information Literacy into Action: Next Steps,” on Wednesday, March 4, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Central.  Following the ACRL Board Action at Midwinter, the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education is now a dynamic living document that has great potential for transforming information literacy research and practice.  This webcast will provide an overview of next steps for the Framework and will highlight examples of how librarians are already incorporating it into their work.  Join us to learn more about plans for creating resources and professional development opportunities to support librarians in using the Framework and contributing to its growth.

Learning outcomes:

  • Become more familiar with how the threshold concept foundation of the Framework can inform action research and curriculum design.
  • Explore examples of how librarians are experimenting with the Framework in a variety of contexts.
  • Hear about next steps for using the Framework and how you can contribute.

Presenters: ACRL President Karen Williams and Sharon Mader, ACRL Visiting Program Officer for Information Literacy

How to register
Submit your free registration online by noon Central, March 3, 2015.  The webcast will be recorded and made available shortly after the live event.

Questions should be directed to mconahan@ala.org.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

Fall 2014 ACRL e-Learning

elearning bigACRL is offering a variety of online learning opportunities in fall 2014 to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

ACRL online courses provide asynchronous, multi-week content with weekly readings and assignments. Online courses scheduled for fall 2014 include:

Managing Change in Academic Libraries (October 13-November 3, 2014): Change can be difficult to deal with in any workplace, but the fast pace of change in libraries is particularly difficult.  Designed for library supervisors who will need to lead staff (at any level) through change, learn about the potential impact of the stress of change, and how to properly prepare others and one’s self for change.

Preparing for Accreditation: An Introduction for Librarians (October 20-November 7, 2014): This course will assist librarians in preparing for accreditation and will take a “how to do it” approach with an emphasis on compiling evidence, writing persuasive self-study documents, and creating long-term plans as part of and aligned with institutional accreditation efforts.

ACRL webcasts address hot topics in academic librarianship. Webcasts last 90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom. Group discounts are available for all ACRL e-Learning webcasts. Fall 2014 webcasts include:

Moving from Impossible to Manageable: Helping Students Manage and Focus Research Topics (October 22, 2014): Learn tips and strategies about collaborating with academic faculty to offer meaningful instruction addressing the skills students need to use when they go about defining, modifying, and planning an “information need” at the beginning of the research process.

Precision Googling: Techniques to Extract Exactly What You Want from the Largest Search Engine (November 13, 2014): This interactive webcast will include a review of advanced search techniques, syntax, and operators; explanation of recent changes to the search interface; hands-on practice with advanced search operators and tools; and real-time exploration of and discussion of the algorithms that generate user-specific results.

Complete details and registration information for all fall 2014 e-Learning opportunities are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org for more information.

Upcoming ACRL Webcast – Create Awesome Tutorials (9/16)

Join ACRL for the e-Learning webcast, “You’re Doing it Wrong: Ten Rules to Break to Create Awesome Tutorials,” on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 (1:00 — 2:30 p.m. Central).

Did you learn that your tutorials should open with a list of objectives? Or perhaps, you learned that you need to have knowledge checks embedded throughout your tutorial. Have you created a tutorial with multimedia features like text and narration?  These traditional “best practices” have shaped the way librarians deliver instructional content, but unfortunately, they have stunted our efforts at creating engaging and meaningful learning experiences.  In this webcast, the presenters will draw upon the latest research in instructional design and e-learning to show how we can break the rules that have lead us down the path of ineffective and often ignored content. By deconstructing a tutorial created with current guidelines and applying new ways of thinking about e-learning, the presenters will show how to break free of traditional and ineffective best practices and offer a new set of pedagogical strategies that are based on current research in e-learning.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Identify new theories and best practices in instructional design in order to create effective and engaging tutorials.
  • Learn about ten historical guidelines that are no longer relevant in order to avoid common tutorial design pitfalls.
  • Evaluate several tutorials in order to create more effective means of information delivery for instruction.

Presenter(s): Yvonne Mery, Instructional Design Librarian, University of Arizona Libraries; Andrew See, Information Associate Senior, University of Arizona Libraries

Registration materials and details on the webcast are available on the ACRL e-Learning website; group registration and other discounts are available.  Contact mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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