Online courses

 alsc online course logo2014 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 logon at a specific time.

CEU-certified courses

ALSC is committed to offering CEU-certified online courses. For more information on CEUs, please visit the FAQ below.  If you have questions about CEUs please contact Kristen Sutherland in the ALSC office.

Courses

ALSC will not be offering any courses for the Spring season in 2014. We are currently working to build our collection of online courses and are committed to developing interesting and high quality material our course students have come to expect. Stay tuned to the ALSC website for more information on our Summer and Fall 2014 courses. In the meantime, here is a sampling of courses we've offered in the past:

Children with Disabilities in the Library
Instructor: Katherine (Kate) Todd, Adjunct Instructor, Manhattanville College

Imagine that Joey Pigza came into your library. Would he feel welcome? How would you provide library service for him? A child with a disability may need an individual service plan. But many books or articles provide generalizations and all-encompassing descriptions. This course will take another approach. By reading juvenile novels about children with disabilities, we will discover their individual needs. First, we will examine how schools handle students with disabilities. Then we will explore ways that the library might be able to assist each child. We will look at inclusive programming, assistive technologies, staff attitudes and legal considerations. This course is not intended to be a comprehensive course. Rather, we will collaboratively develop strategies for determining needs and identify resources that can be consulted when an actual child requires our help.

Getting to the Core: Librarians and Common Core State Standards
Instructor: Edward Sullivan, Librarian, Writer and Educator

The common core state standards (CCSS) bring three key shifts to English language arts/literacy (ELA) curricula: regular practice with complex text and its academic language; reading, writing and speaking grounded in evidence from text, both literary and informational; building knowledge through content rich nonfiction. CCSS calls for 50 percent of reading in elementary and middle grades to be nonfiction. Librarians will be essential in the shift to common core as teachers look for the best content-rich, grade level-appropriate literature to support learning across the curriculum. ELA and other content-area teachers will especially need help from librarians finding appropriate resources and a wider selection of materials. This course will help prepare participants to meet those needs of teachers in the elementary and middle grades.

Information Literacy – From Preschool to High School
Instructor: Maryann Mori, Director, Waukee Public Library

Learn how to conduct information literacy instruction for all ages from preschool to elementary school to middle school and beyond. Participants will be encouraged to examine their local schools’ and state’s requirements pertaining to library skills and to develop methods of using the library to complement those requirements. Participants will learn about examples of successful programs, appropriate skills for appropriate ages, creation and presentation of programs as well as marketing of those programs; also, participants will discuss ways that information literacy instruction can be a useful “outreach” tool to increase library and database usage and develop their own information literacy instruction program.

Integrating New Technologies into Your Collections
Instructor: Bonnie Roalsen, Head of Children’s Services, Dover Town (Mass.) Public Library

Are you looking for practical ways to integrate new technologies into your collections? Are you wondering how to balance your physical and digital holdings to maximize your offerings to your users, successfully engage them and meet their needs? We will examine: - Collection development and management - How to successfully blend physical and digital collections - Digital devices: selection, management and providing access - Staff Training and development All course participants will complete a course project focusing on a specific aspect of collection development of interest to them. Course participants will leave this course with a wealth of practical knowledge and will be able to confidently, easily and successfully integrate a wide variety of new technologies and digital tools into their collections.

Reading Instruction and Children's Books
Instructor: Katherine (Kate) Todd, Adjunct Instructor, Manhattanville College

Although children’s librarians think learning to read is about books, teachers use buzz-words such as lexile, phonics and word walls. Parents and students are often seeking grade appropriate reading materials. Several methods are used to determine grade level. In order for children’s librarians to effectively assist patrons, they need to understand how to interpret grade levels assigned to books by publishers and educators. This course will provide children’s librarians with an understanding of different methodologies for reading instruction and ways that the grade level of reading materials are determined. Books, periodicals, websites and other material that children need to read will be evaluated from these perspectives. Librarians will be encouraged to develop strategies for explaining these grading formulae to parents and to communicate more effectively with teachers as a result of their understanding.

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 Sutherland in the ALSC office at ksutherland@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 Sutherland, at ksutherland@ala.org.   Transfers may not be made once a course has started.

Questions?

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