Apologies for cross postings Welcome to 2009/2010 academic year at the PLC. This fall we will offer three online courses - registration is currently open. Register early! Our full fall schedule for online, Toronto and Ottawa courses is available at www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca. Fall 2009: Online Mastering Web Searching <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=3> Mon. 19 Oct 2009 - Sun. 6 Dec 2009 7 weeks Instructor: Gwen Harris Fee: $435.00 Location: online Optional cert. Aimed at those who want to hone their research skills on the Web. 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? 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 7-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. Aimed at those who want to hone their research skills on the Web. "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 not feel the distance at all. You were always there, very generous of your time and expertise." "I sure enjoyed learning a lot of new types of searches, strategies & using search engines I'd never heard of before. Lots I'm putting to use now in my daily work & getting better & quicker results." _______________________________________________________________________ Legal Research on the Web <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=5> Mon. 19 Oct 2009 - Sun. 6 Dec 2009 7 weeks Instructor: Clare Mauro Fee: $435.00 Location: online Optional cert. 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 including: the legal systems and legal research tools of Canada, Britain and the United States; law-related reference tools on the Internet, including search engines, directories, listservs and dictionaries; case law on the Internet; online statutes, online regulations and orders-in-council, legislative Bills, Hansard debates, committee reports. Aimed at librarians, articling students, researchers, government employees and those conducting legal research particularly within a legal environment. The course is at the introductory to intermediate level and assumes basic knowledge of using web resources. "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 materials are." "I would recommend this course to everyone. I wish there were more like it. I went to the Internet sites and accessed information I never knew was available and which will be most useful in my job." __________________________________________________________________________ Records Management Practice <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=204> Mon. 19 Oct 2009 - Sun. 29 Nov 2009 6 weeks Instructor: Caroline Werle Fee: $725.00 Location: online Cert: RM Fundamentals This program expands upon the material covered in the RM 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 six-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. "This course exceeded my expectations in every way...thank you" "I can't believe it was only six weeks...I felt like I learned a semester's worth of useful information" For more information and to register go to www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca. Contact us at [log in to unmask] and/or (416)978 7111.