Apologies for cross postings
The following online courses from the Professional Learning Centre are coming up in April - all three courses start April 6, there is still space available.
For more information and to register go to www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca.
MASTERING WEB SEARCHING <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=3>
Mon. 6 Apr 2009 - Sun. 24 May 2009
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.
Mastering Web Searching is a seven-week course conducted entirely via the Internet. The tours, exercises and assignments in this course along with direct tutoring
from the instructor will give you the hands-on experience you need to search the Web more effectively.
"I wanted a web searching course with some depth, not one of the three-hour or one-day workshops that are normally advertised. That's exactly what I got."
"I learned so many things. It has changed the way I search the Internet. It's the best course I've had so far."
"The notes I have from you will be my bible. Thank you again and again. I LOVED taking this course."
THE INFORMATION PROFESSIONAL AS EDUCATOR: TRAIN THE TRAINER <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=34>
Mon. 6 Apr 2009 - Sun. 24 May 2009
Instructor: Rebecca Jones
The technological and organizational changes affecting the workplace have increased the importance of training and staff development
as an organizational imperative. As organizations expand their investment in information resources and technologies, they increasingly recognize
that effective learning is a prerequisite to effective decision-making. Information professionals, with their specialized knowledge of information content,
tools and processes, are well placed to play key roles as organizational learning leaders.
This seven week course will assist you in assessing the learning needs of your organization and show you how to design an effective training program,
whether it be based on a delivery method that is face-to-face, e-learning, or blended learning. The course will introduce strategies for making learning
for adults interactive and relevant and will also present methods for evaluating and determining the Return on Investment of your training activities.
"If you ever have to do any training, take this course!"
"Definitely take this course! It's practical, the information is thought-provoking and this course is a must for anyone involved in planning and delivering staff training."
“I would recommend this course to any trainer. When one is working full-time it is nearly impossible to attend a F2F course on a schedule.
"I found the content very helpful and I learned a lot that will help me in my daily work. It's also a great value for a professional course"
POWER OF ONE: INFORMATION PROFESSIONALS WORKING ALONE <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=179>
Mon. 6 Apr 2009 - Sun. 17 May 2009
Instructor: Maggie Weaver
In a one-person library or information service organization, there never seems to be enough time to do the administrative work, never mind the professional.
In today's turbulent business conditions, there is hardly anyone who doesn't feel beset with the demands on time made by customers and bosses or not know
the pressure to deliver more service at lower cost. When you are working “solo” or with only a few people, these stresses can be very intense.
This six-week course covers practical management techniques that will make it easier for you to decide among conflicting priorities.
This course provides the added benefit of receiving feedback and guidance from the instructor, Maggie Weaver, who has years of experience working
as a solo information professional and has taught several business courses for librarians. Students do not work alone, but discuss situations and ideas
with Maggie and with fellow solos.
For our complete schedule check PLC website: www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca