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Creating Online Courses and Orientations: A Survival Guide
     

Creating Online Courses and Orientations: A Survival Guide

by Pamela S. Bacon, David Bagwell
 

Media specialists, particularly in large urban high schools, often cannot meet the individual instructional needs of every student. This book outlines an online unit that helps media specialists ensure that every student receives valuable—and consistent—information literacy instruction. The book contains a ten-step orientation course created by author

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Media specialists, particularly in large urban high schools, often cannot meet the individual instructional needs of every student. This book outlines an online unit that helps media specialists ensure that every student receives valuable—and consistent—information literacy instruction. The book contains a ten-step orientation course created by author Pamela S. Bacon for her students. It includes reproducible worksheets, explicit instructions, modeling, and patterning necessary to create a similar online orientation program in any secondary school. In addition, the book provides a model and electronic templates on a Web companion site that will enable any school media specialist construct a customized online orientation. The Web component includes appendix materials, with instructional PowerPoint shows to use with staff and students.

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"Library media specialists are aware of the importance of helping students learn research skills. This book provides a step-by-step guide to developing an online course to complete this task in a secondary school….[a] resource for Library Media Specialists who would like assistance with creating online research courses or orientations. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

"[T]his book is refreshing in its enthusiastic tone and library-specific slant. It's a logical purchase for experienced secondary-level librarians who are comfortable with technology and are looking for fresh ways to reach every student when logistics prevent ample face-to-face instructional time." - School Library Journal

School Library Journal
Bacon, the librarian in a large urban high school, and Bagwell, an online instructor, make a strong case for implementing an online version of the traditional library orientation. The book is broken down into three distinct sections. The first part outlines a game plan for taking information-literacy instruction online. Each chapter features practical advice; annotated Web and/or print resources; and reproducibles for course planning, implementation, and evaluation. Part II consists of Bacon's customizable 10-step online research-skills unit. The appendixes in Part III provide helpful templates and tips for launching a successful online course. One glaring oversight is the lack of direction to the book's touted Web companion site (some digging uncovers it at the publisher's site: www.lu.com/bacon/index.cfm. Unfortunately, it does not contain a comprehensive collection of the book's reproducibles). Despite some additional organizational fussiness, this book is refreshing in its enthusiastic tone and library-specific slant. It's a logical purchase for experienced secondary-level librarians who are comfortable with technology and are looking for fresh ways to reach every student when logistics prevent ample face-to-face instructional time.-Amy Pickett, Ridley High School, Folsom, PA Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781591582892
Publisher:
Libraries Unlimited
Publication date:
09/28/2005
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
8.40(w) x 10.90(h) x 0.60(d)

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Meet the Author

PAMELA S. BACON is a full-time librarian and part-time author. For five years she has worked as the media center director at Ben Davis High School. During that time, she designed and implemented the Capture the Giant online orientation. She is also the author of 100 Library Lifesavers and 100 More Library Lifesavers published by Libraries Unlimited.

DAVID BAGWELL JR. is a Technology Staff Developer at the Metropolitan School District of Perry Township in Indianapolis Indiana. He currently teaches an online course at IUPUI focusing on research in educational technology.

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