Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Do the classes meet at a specific time during the week?
A: No, all of AASL e-Academy courses are offered asynchronously so you can complete the coursework at a time that is most convenient for you!
Q: What is the time commitment for the courses?
A: Participants are asked to commit 12 hours to the class, which works out to 3 hours per week.
Q: Can I receive college credit for these courses?
A: At this time AASL is not offering courses in conjunction with an institution of higher learning, so no college course credits will be earned by participants.
Q: Can I receive continuing education credit for these courses?
A: AASL’s courses are the equivalent of 12 contact hours. Upon successful completion of the course, AASL will issue you a certificate of completion indicating the number of contact hours. Since continuing education requirements differ by state and school district, it is best to check with your institution as to whether they will accept AASL’s contact hours for continuing education credit.
Q: How do I know when a class will be offered next?
A: AASL offers its e-Academy courses on a rotating basis. If you are interested in a class that is not currently offered please contact Melissa Jacobsen at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4381 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: What is Moodle?
A: Moodle is a web-based online learning management system that AASL uses to deliver all of its AASL e-Academy courses. All of your course readings, assignments and class discussions will be organized in Moodle.
Q: Do I have to install any software to use Moodle?
A: No, Moodle is web-based learning management system and does not require you to install any software.
Q: Who should I contact if I have questions about a course?
A: Any questions about AASL e-Academy courses should be directed to Melissa Jacobsen at 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4381 or email@example.com.
Q: How much do the courses cost?
A: A four-week course costs $99 for AASL personal members and retired members, $75 for AASL student members, $149 for ALA members and $225 for nonmembers.
Q: How do I register for the online courses?
A: Registration can be handled three ways: online, by fax, or by mail. A link to online registration or a paper form is provided within the AASL e-Academy course pages. For online registration, follow the link titled “Register.” You will be asked to sign in with your ALA login and password and complete the registration process with a credit card (if you are not an ALA member, you can still register online with a credit card, you will just need to build a basic profile).
Q: Can I pay for the online courses with a check or purchase order?
A: Yes, if you would like to pay for a course by check or purchase order, please use the registration form. Please include a copy of the purchase order along with the registration form. Forms can be either mailed (ATTN: MACS, American Association of School Librarians, 50 E Huron St, Chicago, IL 60611) or faxed (312.280.1538). Please be aware that your registration will not be confirmed until we have received your registration form and check or purchase order.
Q: Does AASL provide scholarships to help defray the cost of the courses?
A: At this time, AASL does not provide any financial assistance to students.
Q: I’ve registered for a course. How do I access it?
A: You will receive an email containing your login information one business day prior to the first day of the class. To sign in to the class, please go to classes.ala.org and enter your username and password. If you have previously taken an online class with AASL, your login information will remain the same.
Q: I need to cancel my registration. How can I do that?
A: Registration cancellations can be made through email (firstname.lastname@example.org), in writing and postmarked or faxed seven days prior to the course to allow time for another to fill the seat. Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $25 processing fee. No phone cancellations will be accepted. Please mail registration cancellations to American Library Association, ATTN: MACS, Online CE Registration, 50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or fax to (312) 280-1538.