Using Technology for Time Management
(An Infopeople Online Learning Course)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011 – Monday, October 24, 2011
Fee: $75 for those in the California library community and Infopeople Partners, $150 for all others.
Course Instructor: Susie Quinn
Are you looking for ways to jump-start your time management skills? By leveraging technology, you can organize your daily tasks, set priorities, increase productivity, and avoid information overload.
In this four-week online course you will learn about and explore technology tools for time management and productivity. As a result you’ll be able to:
- Use a time management matrix to develop time consciousness
- Compare time management approaches for personal use
- Manage information overload
- Evaluate tools for team use
The technology tools will be web-based as well as smart phone based. Using tools that are available anytime, anywhere, you’ll be able to integrate effective time management with your work responsibilities, projects, and communication channels.
Course Description: In this four-week course, you will have the opportunity to explore various time management approaches and systems, and try out technology tools (web based and smart phone based) for personal and team use. The course includes one online meeting in the 4th week (date and time decided through a poll in the first week of the course), as well as assignment options and discussions that can be completed anytime.
Preliminary Course Outline: Using your web browser and your Internet connection, you will log in to the Infopeople online learning site and complete the following learning modules:
- Week 1: Basics of Time Management
- Basic concepts of time management
- Methods of time management including: time log, activity schedule, time management matrix
- Week 2: Time Management Systems
- Major time management systems including: Pomodoro, Getting Things Done, FranklinCovey’s Focus, and Zen Management.
- Week 3: Technology-Based Tools
- Technology-based tools for time management, including: Diacarta, PomodoroLE and Pomodoro Crate, Focus Booster, Remember the Milk, Gtdagenda, HiTask, and Quasitime Planner.
- Week 4: Increase Productivity, Decrease Information Overload
- Technology-based tools for productivity, including: Pulse, Scatter Brain, Dragon Dictation, FlexT9, KeyPass, and eWallet.
- What is information overload and how can it be avoided?
- Using technology to increase the productivity of your team.
Time required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend two hours per week, for a total of eight course hours. Each week’s module contains readings and various options for assignments and explorations of technology-based tools. You can choose the options most relevant to your work and interests. Although you can work on each module at your own pace, at any hour of the day or night, it is recommended that you complete each week’s work within that week to stay in sync with other learners.
Who Should Take This Course: Anyone in the library community who wants to develop skills for time management and increased productivity using technology. The tools explored are smart phone based as well as web based so it is beneficial, but not required, to use a smart phone or tablet computer.
Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:
Course Start: This 4-week-long online learning course starts on Tuesday, September 27, 2011.
After the official end date for the course, the instructor will be available for limited consultation and support for two more weeks, and the course material will stay up for an additional two weeks after that. These extra weeks give those who have fallen behind time to work independently to complete the course.
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