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Apps for Librarians: Empower Your Users with Mobile App Literacy eCourse
Nicole Hennig
Item Number: 1541-9076
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $250.00
 
 
 
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning Tuesday, July 5, 2016 and continuing for 5 weeks
An ALA Editions eCourse facilitated by Nicole Hennig


Please note: Your purchase at the ALA Store is only Step 1 of a 2-Step Registration process!

Upon purchase you will receive a registration PDF in the form of a digital download. This PDF contains a link to our Registration page and a password. You must download this PDF and follow the instructions in order to complete the registration. The download link can be found on the final confirmation screen after you complete your purchase, and may also be accessed from your Account History. Confirmation with login instructions, reminders, and alerts will go to the email address used in the registration.

This eCourse is licensed for a single user. For pricing on bulk purchases in excess of $1,000, please contact us for more information.


Estimated Hours of Learning: 28
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

After participating in this eCourse, you will:
  • Gain experience using some of the best apps available and understand how they enable learning
  • Learn how to evaluate and review mobile apps
  • Learn how tablets complement laptops, and how their capabilities are creating new learning opportunities
  • Learn how apps are being used by people with special needs, and where to find additional resources for learning more
  • Receive guidance for creating your own app guides, offering workshops, and advising colleagues

In this 5-week eCourse, you’ll learn about the most useful apps available on tablet and mobile devices and how they can be applied in your library to create the best learning experiences for your patrons and students.

Mobile apps are empowering for people of all ages and abilities. Contrary to the popular idea that apps are only useful for “consumption,” the best apps are being used effectively as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation. In this eCourse, Nicole Hennig will show you how to incorporate apps as learning tools at your library.


eCourse Outline

Week 1 - E-Reading

The Apps
  • Book reading
  • Magazine reading
  • Apps for Reading PDFs, web pages, and news feeds
  • Individual book apps

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about e-reading & future of the book
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 2 - Productivity & Writing

The Apps

  • Productivity
    • Cloud storage, passwords, to do lists, notes
    • Handwriting, speech recognition, scanning, barcodes
  • Writing & Presenting
    • Word processing, spreadsheets, slides
    • More presentation apps

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about security, writing, mobile apps in academia
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 3 - Reference

The Apps
  • Dictionaries, encyclopedias
  • Unit converters, maps, languages
  • Specialized reference apps
  • Subscription databases & citations

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about jailbreaking, platforms, & mobile web
  • Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 4 - Multimedia

The Apps

  • Art viewing
  • Art creation
  • Photography and photo editing
  • Music listening
  • Music creation
  • Video viewing and editing

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about technology & children
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)
  • optional app review assignment

Week 5 - Accessibility & More

Accessibility features of mobile devices

Readings & Discussion

  • readings about assistive technology
  • your thoughts on the readings (discussion forum)

Idea generation assignment

  • ideas for using apps in library programs & services
  • apps that wow

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on July 5, 2016. Your participation will require approximately five to six hours a week, at times that fit your schedule. All activities take place on the website, and you will be expected to:
  • Read, listen to or view online content
  • Post to online discussion boards
  • Complete weekly assignments or activities
Instructor Nicole Hennig will monitor discussion boards regularly during the five-week period, lead group discussions, and will also answer individual questions. All interaction will take place on the eCourse site, which will be available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It's recommended that students log into the site on the first day of class or within a few days for an overview of the content and to begin the first lesson.
User Requirements

To participate, you will need an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. You may also use Android smartphones and tablets, but not all of the apps discussed are available for Android. Hennig will point you to alternatives in those cases.

You should also have familiarity with the basic functions of your device and know how to install new apps. Be prepared to spend between $2 and $20 on apps during the course, depending on which ones you decide to review.

Participants will also need regular access to a computer with an internet connection for online message boards participation, viewing online video, listening to streaming audio (mp3 files), and downloading and viewing PDFs and PowerPoint files. ALA Editions eCourses are fully compatible with Windows and MacOs.
About the Instructor

Nicole Hennig is an independent user-experience professional, helping librarians and educators effectively use mobile technologies.  She is the author of two books: Best Apps for Academics, and Apps for Librarians: Using the Best Mobile Technology to Educate, Create, and Engage. Her online courses, Apps for Librarians & Educators, and The Book as iPad App, have enabled professional librarians from all type of institutions to effectively implement mobile apps in their programs and services. Her email newsletter, Mobile Apps News, helps librarians stay current with mobile technologies. She worked for the MIT Libraries for 14 years as head of user experience and web manager. Her awards include the MIT Libraries Infinite Mile Award for Innovation and Creativity, the MIT Excellence Award of Innovative Solutions, and the ASIS&T Chapter Member of the Year. Nicole loves teaching, presenting, and inspiring people to use technology effectively. Follow her on twitter @nic221 and read her blog, where she writes about libraries, mobile web, apps, e-books, and emerging technologies. 


 
 

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