[Apologies for cross-postings]
THE PROFESSIONAL LEARNING CENTRE
Faculty of Information Studies, University of Toronto
offers web-based courses to Information Professionals
Coming up this Fall from the PLC/FIS online:
MASTERING WEB SEARCHING (WEB-BASED)
7 week online course
Monday, Oct 23 - Monday, Dec. 04
Instructor: Gwen Harris
Which Web search engines are the best? What tool should be used for what
purpose? How are they best used? How can I find answers to my questions
more quickly? This in-depth course will help build skills in using the
main tools and most effective strategies for searching the Web.
On completion of this course, you will:
• Be knowledgeable about the types of subject-oriented tools
• Be skillful in using the syntax and special features at the leading search engines
- Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, Windows Live, and Exalead
• Be able to find resources on the Invisible Web
• Be acquainted with specialty search engines
• Know the best meta-searchers to help with big-sweep searches.
• Be familiar with personal search tools.
• Be accomplished at applying various strategies for getting much better results.
An optional certificate in WEB SEARCH STRATEGIES is available. To be eligible,
students must complete the weekly assignments and write a one-hour, online
exam at the end of the course.
For everyone who is looking to hone their research skills on the Net.
If you have taken Mastering Web Searching and want to refresh your knowledge
and update your skills, you may audit the course. Fee is $60. Auditing students
will receive an email each week featuring new material and updates as well as full
access to the course. To register as an auditing student, please contact the
PLC Office: (416) 978-7111; [log in to unmask]
TAXONOMY GUIDE: ONLINE RESOURCE AND LEARNING TOOL
Enterprises are increasingly turning to taxonomies to navigate through
structured and unstructured information dispersed through the
organization. Taxonomies, based on classification, controlled terms, and
assigned metadata, provide the topical views for representing and
navigating an organization's knowledge resources on a network.
The Taxonomy Guide is a web resource of organized, structured, and
clearly written content on building and implementing an enterprise
taxonomy. The Guide is both a learning tool and a reference resource
designed to help you master the concepts, relationships and essential
steps for taxonomy design and project planning.
For more information, full schedule, information about our instructors, and
to register go to www.plc.fis.utotonto.ca <http://www.plc.fis.utoronto.ca>
or call (416) 978 7111.