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Online Education and Supporting Information
Professionals
SJSU School of Information
Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Direc...
2
Online Education Has Reached a
Tipping Point
• More than 25% of higher education
students are taking at least one online...
3
Why has online education grown?
Advantages:
• Geography is no longer part of the
equation
• Larger pool of instructors
•...
4
Considerations for Online Education
Consideration Solution
Interactivity and faculty presence Recorded content policy (L...
5
Additional considerations
• Costs
• Time zones
• Language of instruction and learners
• Time investment for online learn...
6
There is an ongoing need for
information professionals to
advance their skills.
What are some of the essential
skills, t...
7
Essential Skills, Tools, and
Competencies
• Technology skills
• Information and technology literacy
instruction
• Abilit...
8
Essential Skills, Tools, and
Competencies
• Ability to lead, manage, and assess
projects and people
• Ability to facilit...
9
Curriculum Offerings – Based on
Employer and Job Trends
• Data Services in
Libraries
• Big Data Analytics and
Management...
10
Curriculum Offerings – More
• Change Management
• Leadership
• Financial Management
• Human Relations
Management
• Gran...
11
There are many ways for
information professionals to
advance their knowledge online.
Which online learning
opportunity ...
12
Certificate and Continuing
Education Programs
• Post Masters Certificates – retool and
update your MLIS, learn new area...
Global Networking
“When information professionals engage in
the global information environment and
expand their networks a...
14
Global Networking Opportunities
• Social media
• International Librarian
Network
• International Professional
Organizat...
15
FREE Professional Development
 Library 2.016:
Library as Classroom – June 15
Libraries of the Future – Oct. 6
 Librar...
16
Open Questions – Online
Education
• Costs of degrees in different countries:
education subsidies, exchange rates
• Sust...
17
Open Questions – Professional
Development Generally
• Certification of prof dev? CEUs
• Responsibility for prof dev: em...
18
Thank you for attending!
THANK YOU!
Dr. Sandy Hirsh, Professor and Director
sandy.hirsh@sjsu.edu
Facebook: facebook.com...
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  1. 1. Online Education and Supporting Information Professionals SJSU School of Information Dr. Sandra Hirsh, Professor and Director April 8, 2016
  2. 2. 2 Online Education Has Reached a Tipping Point • More than 25% of higher education students are taking at least one online course in the United States (2014) • Pearson Online Report Card: Tracking Online Education in the United States (Link) • At a Tipping Point: Education, Learning and Libraries. (OCLC, 2014) • Half (49%) of the 59 ALA-accredited LIS schools in US and Canada report offering a 100% online program
  3. 3. 3 Why has online education grown? Advantages: • Geography is no longer part of the equation • Larger pool of instructors • Develops strong technology and communication skills • Fits into the learner’s life - any time/any place • Removes potential cultural barriers (student intros, online discussions, recordings) • Increasingly rich online learning environments
  4. 4. 4 Considerations for Online Education Consideration Solution Interactivity and faculty presence Recorded content policy (Link) Continual program review and improvement using standardized tools Online Learning Consortium’s Scorecard (Link) – 9 categories, i.e., Institutional & Technology Support, Course Dev & Instructional Design, Course Structure Onboarding faculty and students Students: Introductory 203 course; self paced technology class in Canvas for open classes students Faculty: Teaching Online course taught by Director of Online Learning to all new faculty Ongoing faculty development (e.g., pedagogy, tools) T3 (“Teaching Tips and Techniques”) online faculty training program (Link) Accessibility standards must be met Lecture captioning
  5. 5. 5 Additional considerations • Costs • Time zones • Language of instruction and learners • Time investment for online learning • Learning styles • Learners must be proactive • Technical support • Robust technology infrastructure
  6. 6. 6 There is an ongoing need for information professionals to advance their skills. What are some of the essential skills, tools, and competencies required of information professionals today?
  7. 7. 7 Essential Skills, Tools, and Competencies • Technology skills • Information and technology literacy instruction • Ability to enhance user experience • Excellent customer service • Innovative outreach and programming • Ability to navigate, describe, and preserve analog and digital content • Ability to support remote and virtual research queries http://ischool.sjsu.edu/sites/default/files/content_pdf/career_trends.pdf
  8. 8. 8 Essential Skills, Tools, and Competencies • Ability to lead, manage, and assess projects and people • Ability to facilitate learning • Marketing and advocacy skills • Communication/people skills • Critical thinking • Fundraising, policymaking, and budgeting skills • Collaboration & relationship building (w/ staff, patrons, community partners) • Leadership • Knowledge of crisis management techniques Schwarts, 2016 “Top skills for Tomorrow’s Librarians” (Library Journal) Bertot, Sarin, & Percell, 2015 “Reinvisioning the MLIS” (University of Maryland)
  9. 9. 9 Curriculum Offerings – Based on Employer and Job Trends • Data Services in Libraries • Big Data Analytics and Management • Information Visualization • Cybersecurity • Innovation and Participatory Practice in Libraries (including Makerspaces) • STEM • Digital Asset Management (DAM) • Information Assurance • Information Governance • Gamification of Information • Hyperlinked Library: Emerging Trends, Emerging Tech
  10. 10. 10 Curriculum Offerings – More • Change Management • Leadership • Financial Management • Human Relations Management • Grant writing and Alternative Funding Sources • Community Partnerships • Web 2.0 and Social Media • Reference in the Age of Google: Marketing, Outreach, Management, and Evaluation • Digital Humanities • Examination of global library issues using project based learning
  11. 11. 11 There are many ways for information professionals to advance their knowledge online. Which online learning opportunity is right for information professionals?
  12. 12. 12 Certificate and Continuing Education Programs • Post Masters Certificates – retool and update your MLIS, learn new areas • Advanced Certificates – gain knowledge in specific areas • Open University – individual classes • eLearning through associations (like ALA Editions, LearnHQ)
  13. 13. Global Networking “When information professionals engage in the global information environment and expand their networks and experiences globally, they gain new knowledge and competencies, opportunities, and even access to new information for their communities.” (Holmquist, 2015)
  14. 14. 14 Global Networking Opportunities • Social media • International Librarian Network • International Professional Organizations
  15. 15. 15 FREE Professional Development  Library 2.016: Library as Classroom – June 15 Libraries of the Future – Oct. 6  Library 2.0 Conference Series and Archives  MOOCs  Online Seminars
  16. 16. 16 Open Questions – Online Education • Costs of degrees in different countries: education subsidies, exchange rates • Sustainability of “free” online learning: MOOCs • Effectiveness of and feasibility of new online degree models: “stackable degrees”, “micro- master’s degree” • Evolution of online education? Coding bootcamps, learning in virtual reality, etc. • Concerns about cheating/authenticity of work • Perceptions of the value and quality of online learning in some countries • Availability of technological infrastructure
  17. 17. 17 Open Questions – Professional Development Generally • Certification of prof dev? CEUs • Responsibility for prof dev: employer or individual • Institutional environments often are not open to applying new innovative learnings - frustrating for employees with new skills
  18. 18. 18 Thank you for attending! THANK YOU! Dr. Sandy Hirsh, Professor and Director sandy.hirsh@sjsu.edu Facebook: facebook.com/sjsuischool Twitter: twitter.com/sjsuischool Pinterest: pinterest.com/sjsuischool/ YouTube: youtube.com/user/sjsuslis ischool.sjsu.edu

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