Apologies for cross postings. The following online courses are coming up at the iSchool Institute in early 2012. For our full schedule of courses offered in Toronto, Ottawa and online visit our website: institute.ischool.utoronto.ca. <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/> Our new Spring 2012 catalogue will be available in January 2012 - let us know if you would like to receive your copy. Also coming up in Toronto: on January 19 the iSchool Intitute will host an evening with Stephen Abram - his talk will address The Future of Public Libraries - this event is free but please register online at: http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=30. For frequent updates, news and trends follow us on Twitter @iSchoolInst and join on FB. Winter and Spring 2012 - ONLINE Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=176> Mon. 16 Jan 2012 - Mon. 5 Mar 2012 7 weeks Instructor: David Hopkins Fee: $435.00 Cert: $50.00 (optional) Location: online 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" "Extremely valuable and useful. Very well laid out and organized” ________________________________________________________ Mastering Web Searching <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=3> Mon. 23 Jan 2012 - Sun. 4 Mar 2012 6 weeks Instructor: Gwen Harris Fee: $435.00 Cert:$50.00 (optional) Location: online 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 didn't feel the distance at all. You were always there, very generous of your time and expertise." ________________________________________________________ Legal Research on the Web <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=5> Mon. 27 Feb 2012 - Sun. 15 Apr 2012 7 weeks Instructor: Erin Murphy Fee: $450.00 Cert: $50.00 (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. "The work that went into this course was obvious. The attention to detail and the quality of the material and it's sources shone through." "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." ______________________________________________________ Records Management Fundamentals <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=78> Mon. 19 Mar 2012 - Sun. 6 May 2012 7 weeks Instructor: David Hopkins Fee: $750.00 Cert: RM Fundamentals Location: online 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." "I really enjoyed this course, and Dave as the instructor. He kept me thinking!" _____________________________________________________ Records Management Practice (focus on Electonic Records) <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/coursedescription.asp?courseid=204> Mon. 12 Mar 2012 - Sun. 29 Apr 2012 7 weeks Instructor: Caroline Werle Fee: $750.00 Cert: RM Practice Location: online 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. "This course exceeded my expectations in every way...thank you". "I can't believe it was only few weeks...I felt like I learned a semester's worth of useful information". For more information and to register go to: institute.ischool.utoronto.ca. <http://institute.ischool.utoronto.ca/> or call ( 416) 978 7111.