Online courses

 alsc online course logo2017 Courses

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is pleased to offer a variety of quality online education courses.  All courses will run between four and six weeks and will be taught in an online learning community using Moodle.  All courses are offered asynchronously (self-directed), meaning you won't need to log on at a specific time.

CEU-certified courses

ALSC is committed to offering CEU-certified online courses. This semester, ALSC is offering one CEU-certified courses, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy. For more information on CEUs, please visit the FAQ section below.  If you have questions about CEUs please contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office.

Courses

NEW! Demonstrating ALSC Competencies (6 weeks, January 9 - February 17, 2017)
Instructor: Rachel Reinwald, Youth Services Librarian/School Liaison, Lake Villa District Library
 
This will be a highly reflective class designed to help you find ways to demonstrate your competence in the youth services field to your administrators and/or possible employers throughout your job search. 
 
We will also formulate solid goals and a plan to go with them to learn about and practice some of the competencies you are less familiar with or have not had a chance to demonstrate. We will work on several things each week: (1) submitting a portfolio artifact, (2) formulating a SMART goal, and (3) answering mock interview questions. We will focus on one or two competency sections each week. 
 
We will not be able to cover everything during the scope of this class, but this should get you in the habit of identifying your strengths and showcasing them, and identifying your professional needs and figuring out how to meet them. Hopefully, you will continue this new habit to demonstrate all competencies and develop an outstanding portfolio. No one will be an expert on everything, but there are always ways to improve your professional skills.
 
Engaging Readers and Writers with Interactive Fiction (4 weeks, January 9 - February 3, 2017)
Instructor: Christian Sheehy, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Xavier University
 
This course introduces interactive fiction (IF) while showing how to create narrative text-based games for a variety of audiences and platforms. IF is a powerful tool to engage both readers and writers while teaching basic programming skills.
 
 
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Programs Made Easy (4 weeks, January 9 - February 3, 2017, 1.2 CEUs)
Instructor: Angela Young, Head of the Children's Department, Reed Memorial Library
 
Our children are lagging behind in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).  Schools have begun to concentrate on providing better education in these areas and now libraries are being asked to provide the same.  Learn how to provide educational programs using STEM without going to school to become a scientist.  Children’s librarians and associates will learn to present and adapt programs for multiple ages.


Space is limited - register today!

 

Frequently asked questions

Are these self-directed courses or real time?  What is the time commitment involved?

All courses are offered asynchronously (self-directed).  A course may hold several synchronous chat sessions throughout the course; however, chat sessions are scheduled and announced at the start of the course.

Participants will be expected to log in to the online course and interact several times a week. This can include reading online, working on assignments, reading and responding to the discussion boards. Participants will be given weekly deadlines, but will be able to work at times that are most convenient to the student. 

What is Moodle?  I have never used it before.

Moodle is an effective online learning community that is Web-based.  You will not have to download any special software to use Moodle. 

The Web site http://moodle.org is mainly for those developing courses in Moodle.   However, there is a course demonstration feature that shows students the Moodle environment utilizing Moodle itself. 

In the very first paragraph in the center frame (This site itself is created using Moodle, so check out the Moodle Demonstration Courses or read the latest Moodle Buzz.), click on “Moodle Demonstration Courses”.  You will then go to a Web page where you are able to explore a sample Moodle course that is the template for how most courses are structured and explanations for each of the areas.  Please visit this link to explore the Moodle environment and see if you think it is something you will be comfortable using.

After you have registered for an ALSC course, your instructor will send you a URL for the ALA online course environment about a week before the start of the session.  If you have not used Moodle before, you will need to create a Moodle account (http://classes.ala.org). The login is not tied to your ALA user name and password.  Please set your email filter to allow mail from the domain classes.ala.org as you will receive a confirmation email that is needed to complete setting up the account.  Your instructor will also provide you with an enrollment key that will allow you entry to the course.  You will then be able to access your course information, interact via discussion boards, and work with the instructor and other students.

Do you offer college credit or CEU's for these courses?

Select ALSC courses are CEU certified at this time.  Certification will be clearly listed on the course webpage.  If you have questions about whether or not a course is certified please contact Kristen Figliulo in the ALSC office at kfigliulo@ala.org or phone 800-545-2433 ext. 4026.  A certificate of completion will be sent to each participant upon successful completion for each course taken regardless of the courses CEU availability.

Requirements vary by state and school district regarding certification and continuing education credits.  The decision to grant CEU credits remains entirely up to your state or school district.  If you are in need of credits, check with your state and/or school district before enrolling to determine eligibility.  Some states will review your certificate of completion and course syllabus to determine eligibility.  A PDF copy of the syllabus can be provided to you upon request.
 

Cancellation & Transfer Policy

Cancellations must be made in writing and postmarked or faxed to the ALA/MACS department by no later than seven days before the class starts.  Cancellations will result in a full refund less a $35 processing fee.  NO phone cancellations will be accepted.  Refunds will be processed two weeks after the start of the course.  ALSC reserves the right to cancel a course for reasons including insufficient numbers of students.

If you are registered but unable to take a course you may transfer your registration to another student if that student falls under the same registration category.  For instance, an ALSC member may transfer her registration to another ALSC member free of charge.  If you would like to transfer your registration to someone in a different category, the difference between prices must be paid at the time of transfer.  All requests for registration transfers must be made in writing no later than seven days before the start of the course.  Please address all requests, including the reason for the transfer and both parties' membership numbers, to ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo, at kfigliulo@ala.org.   Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Questions?

Contact ALSC Program Officer for Continuing Education, Kristen Figliulo, at kfigliulo@ala.org or 1-800-545-2433 ext. 4026