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The iSchool Institute's fall schedule is now available on our website:
The first two online courses start on September 12 - register early.
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Engaging Adult Learners: Strategies for Information Professionals
Mon. 12 Sep 2011 - Sun. 30 Oct 2011
Instructor: Rebecca Jones
Those working in information-intensive organizations, including
libraries, records and information management, consultancies, legal and
health research, IT and other functions, are increasingly helping
clients or colleagues learn to “use” or “do” something. Life-long
learning isn’t just a slogan, it’s critical for all adults in their
jobs, or finding a job, or expanding their personal or professional
options. Information professionals, with their specialized knowledge of
all types of content, tools, images, the Internet and processes, are
well placed to play key roles as learning leaders.
This six week course guides you through the whole training process, from
assessing learning needs of the targeted learners to selecting the right
delivery method (face-to-face? E-learning? Blended?), to designing an
engaging program, whether it’s an hour or multi-week. Working with the
instructor and other students, you learn and practice strategies for
making learning for adults interactive and relevant and gaining
decision-maker support for learning programs.
Records Management Fundamentals
Mon. 12 Sep 2011 - Sun. 30 Oct 2011
Instructor: David Hopkins
Cert: RM Fundamentals
This program provides a well-rounded introduction to the value and
theory of records management and the basic skills of the profession in
records inventory, retention scheduling, classification, storage, and in
planning and managing a records management program. This certificate
program provides the basics that people need when working with records
whether they are just getting into the field and have no prior knowledge
or are currently records management practitioners without formal
training who wish to strengthen their knowledge and understanding.
"I loved this course and would highly recommend it to anyone who is
works in RIM. There are so many issues I never considered and so many
concepts to learn."
Records Management Practice (Electronic RIM)
Mon. 26 Sep 2011 - Sun. 13 Nov 2011
Instructor: Caroline Werle
Cert: RM Practice
This program expands upon the material covered in the Fundamentals
certificate program and is directed towards individuals who have either
completed the Fundamentals program or who have worked at the Records
Technician or Analyst level within the Records Management field.
Instructors in the Practice program will assume that students are
already conversant with the topics covered in the Fundamentals program.
In this seven-week course you will build on the fundamentals of records
and information management by focusing on the challenges facing the
profession today as it relates to effectively managing electronic
records. The course focuses on the major components in managing the
electronic information of an organization and will provide an
understanding of what is involved in developing and managing an
electronic records management program. Trends affecting the world of
electronic information management will also be explored.
"I can't believe it was only few weeks...I felt like I learned a
semester's worth of useful information"
Legal Research on the Web
Mon. 3 Oct 2011 - Sun. 20 Nov 2011
Instructor: Erin Murphy
This is an in-depth instructor-led web course focusing on legal research
skills using Internet resources. Weekly classes cover a variety of
law-related topics: participants are expected to read the weekly online
course readings, use the web to practice the skills taught each week,
participate in interactive online discussion groups with the instructor
and fellow participants, and complete short written assignments based on
the material covered. During the course, the instructor will cover:
The legal systems and legal research tools of Canada, Britain and the
Law-related reference tools on the Internet;
Statutes and regulations, legislative bills, Hansard debates, and
Case law and legal commentary
"I am becoming addicted to the chase and can hardly wait to see what
each Monday will bring. I am also amazed at how comprehensive your
Mastering Web Searching
Mon. 17 Oct 2011 - Sun. 27 Nov 2011
Instructor: Gwen Harris
How can I find answers to my questions more quickly? Which Web search
engines are the best? How are they best used? What tool should be used
for what purpose? What is social media search and how does it fit in?
This in-depth course will help build skills in using the main web search
tools and applying effective strategies for searching the Web. The
course is completely updated for each session to include the latest
features and rising stars among search tools. Mastering Web Searching is
a six-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 thank you for your support and your advices all the way. I really
loved this course, I learned so much. It was my first experience of
distance learning and I must say that I did't feel the distance at all.
You were always there, very generous of your time and expertise."
Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection
Mon. 16 Jan 2012 - Mon. 5 Mar 2012
Instructor: David Hopkins
All corporations and organizations in Canada must comply with
legislation concerning how they collect, use and disclose information
about identifiable individuals and third parties. Public-sector
institutions are also legally obligated to provide public right of
access to their information resources. Ignorance of and/or failure to
comply with legislative provisions concerning the use of these resources
may expose an organization to financial, legal and public relations risks.
This instructor-led online course discusses, in practical terms, best
management and protection of personal and sensitive information as well
as access to public-sector information. Participants are provided with
knowledge and tools to ensure proper control over organizational
information resources and compliance with legislative requirements.
"The course was extremely beneficial at explaining all components of
FIPP….I now feel confident in applying what I have learned in my job"
For more information and to register go to:
institute.ischool.utoronto.ca <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca> or
call (416) 978 7111.