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Organize Your Personal and Professional Life with Apps eCourse
Nicole Hennig
Item Number: 1541-9196
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $199.00
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Asynchronous eCourse beginning Monday, March 6, 2017 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: 30
Certificate of Completion available upon request

Learning outcomes

With the knowledge from this eCourse, you can:

  • Synchronize your information securely between all your devices (mobile and desktop)
  • Generate and use secure passwords
  • Automatically back up your smartphone’s photos
  • Create to-do lists that are accessible from all your devices
  • Go paperless if you wish, and make best use of your mobile devices
  • Understand best practices for security and learn how to decide what levels of security make sense for different types of information

Have you been too busy to make best use of your mobile devices for organizing your life? Maybe you’ve lost or forgotten passwords or left important information on a computer at home. Or perhaps you’re concerned about privacy and security and hesitant to use cloud services. If so, then this eCourse will benefit you. In this eCourse, Nicole Hennig will cover four types of mobile apps in depth to help you manage your information and boost your productivity. You’ll walk away with the tools to set up a system that works for you—a system that makes it easy to access your information anywhere, back up your important information securely, and organize your to-do list effectively.

Throughout the eCourse, you will use these four apps:

  • Dropbox (cloud storage)
  • 1Password (secure password management)
  • Wunderlist (to-do lists accessible from any device)
  • Evernote (capture and store important notes in any format)

All four apps are available for both iOS and Android and have free versions for the majority of your needs. Alternative apps will be recommended for those who have a strong preference for an equivalent app (such as Box instead of Dropbox). Whether you choose these particular apps (or similar equivalents), you can apply this knowledge to set up an organizational system that helps you work more effectively and with less stress in these times of information overload.

eCourse Outline

Each week includes video demos, step-by-step worksheets, and related readings, along with a discussion forum.

Week 1: Why use cloud storage?

Installing and using Dropbox effectively.

Readings from experts about the benefits of cloud storage, along with tips and best practices for security.

Week 2: Why use a secure password manager?

  • Installing and using 1Password effectively.
  • Readings from experts about the benefits of password managers, along with tips and best practices for security.

Week 3: Why use synchronized to-do lists?

  • Installing and using Wunderlist effectively.
  • Readings from experts about the benefits of synchronized to-do lists with tips and best practices for productivity.

Week 4: Why use a synchronized system for your notes?

  • Installing and using Evernote effectively.
  • Readings from experts about the benefits of synchronized notes with tips and best practices for productivity.

Week 5: Bringing it all together + more security tips

  • Using all 4 types of apps together effectively.
  • Security: tips, best practices, and where to learn more.

How this eCourse Works

The eCourse begins on March 6, 2017. Your participation will require approximately 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 5-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

Participants will 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.

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What you'll need:

  • iPhone or Android smartphone or tablet.
  • Desktop or laptop computer.
  • The following apps: Dropbox, 1Password, Wunderlist, Evernote. (Free basic versions are available for both iOS and Android).
  • Familiarity with the basic functions of your devices, and knowledge of how to install new apps.

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 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. Hennig 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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