New workshop gets you started with Course Management Systems

For Immediate Release
Fri, 10/02/2015


Liz Steiner

Marketing Manager

ALA Publishing

CHICAGO — ALA Publishing eLearning announces a new workshop, Getting Started with Course Management Systems, with Lily Todorinova and Lindsay Johnston. This workshop will last 90 minutes and is hosted live at 2 p.m. Eastern on Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015.

Course Management Systems (CMS), also known as Learning Management Systems (LMS), are great tools to extend the reach of your learning spaces outside of your library and classroom walls to support both traditional and distance students. In this workshop, instructors Lily Todorinova and Lindsay Johnston will discuss the vast CMS tools readily available for you to deliver course instruction and library support to your learners, including Blackboard, Moodle, Sakai and Canvas. You’ll learn how to use these systems to embed services and seamlessly interface with your campus communities.

Todorinova and Johnston will provide an overview of different approaches on how your academic library can develop a presence in a CMS environment. From wide-scale integration to niche and targeted CMS support, they will present you with best practices for interfacing with students and faculty in these online environments. In addition to project management tips, you will learn about several important issues related to the sustainability of the library’s presence in a CMS, including assessment of the effectiveness of these services.

Join us for this exciting new workshop that will inspire active discussion and an exchange of ideas between librarians who are new to the topic and those who have already established a presence in their institution's CMS environment.

Required background knowledge prior to the workshop: blended learning, online learning, and impact of libraries on student success, which will make for a successful learning experience.

About the Instructors:

Lily Todorinova is the undergraduate experience librarian at Rutgers University. Her work centers on student engagement, campus partnerships, information literacy and student success. Previously, she was an academic services librarian at the University of South Florida, where she liaised with the First Year Writing Program and worked to integrate library resources and services in the course management system Canvas.

Lindsay Johnston is public services manager and subject librarian at the Rutherford Humanities & Social Sciences Library and Weir Law Library at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Since 2012, she has collaborated with her colleagues on embedding library services in the UAlberta Learning Management System. She and her colleagues have assessed student use of the library services through Moodle, and have presented on their experiences and findings.

Registration for this ALA Publishing Workshop is available on the ALA Store. You can purchase registration at both individual and group rates.

ALA Publishing Workshops are designed to give you and your staff the opportunity to participate in a hands-on learning experience that will help you make the best technology decisions for your library.

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