Apologies for cross-postings The iSchool Institute's fall schedule is available on our website: institute.ischool.utoronto.ca <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca>. This listing includes our online courses offered this fall. The first course Engaging Adult Learners with Rebecca Jones starts on September 12 - last week to register! For frequent updates, news and trends follow us on Twitter @iSchoolInst and join on FB. September 2011 NEW! Engaging Adult Learners: Strategies for Information Professionals <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=257> Mon. 12 Sep 2011 - Sun. 30 Oct 2011 6 Weeks Instructor: Rebecca Jones Fee: $445.00 Cert: optional 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. _____________________________________________________ SOLD OUT - WAITING LIST Records Management Fundamentals <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=78> Mon. 12 Sep 2011 - Sun. 30 Oct 2011 7 weeks Instructor: David Hopkins Fee: $750.0 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) <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=204> Mon. 26 Sep 2011 - Sun. 13 Nov 2011 7 weeks Instructor: Caroline Werle Fee: $750.00 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" October 2011 Legal Research on the Web <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=5> Mon. 3 Oct 2011 - Sun. 20 Nov 2011 7 weeks Instructor: Erin Murphy Fee: $435.00 Cert: optional 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 United States; Law-related reference tools on the Internet; Statutes and regulations, legislative bills, Hansard debates, and committee reports; 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 materials are." ______________________________________________ Mastering Web Searching <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=3> Mon. 17 Oct 2011 - Sun. 27 Nov 2011 6 weeks Instructor: Gwen Harris Fee: $435.00 Cert: optional 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." January 2012 Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection <http://www.plc.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=176> Mon. 16 Jan 2012 - Mon. 5 Mar 2012 7 weeks Instructor: David Hopkins Fee: $435.00 Cert: optional 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.