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An Infopeople Short Format Course

January 19th, 2021 12:00 PM
February 1st, 2021 4:30 PM
Course fee $150.00

Note: CALL (California Libraries Learn) is offering free seats in this course for California public library staff. Please use this form to sign up for one of these no-cost seats.

In order to gain the most impact from learning events sponsored by the CALL grant we ask that all participants engage fully (attend, participate, discuss and share). If you are unable or not willing to agree to this, please be kind and leave a seat or place for someone else.

Geri SmithCourse Instructor: Geri Smith

  • Do you work with young children?
  • Would you like to offer effective online learning opportunities for them?

2020 has accelerated the need to deliver remote learning experiences. Everyone knows that online learning for young children is difficult and extremely limited right? Well, not if you take the past 30 years of online learning theory, research, and practice into account. We are all plunging into the online world out of necessity, but there is a lot you can do to ensure your programs are successful, even for your young library patrons.

In this course you will be introduced to or review learning theories and online instructional strategies that fit the needs of your patrons and programs. You’ll share ideas and experiences with colleagues to initiate a plan to implement effective online learning experiences for your K-6 patrons. You will investigate online learning tools that will help you transform or create new programs online in ways that evidence shows is most effective for learners. You’ll use tools in this course that you may choose to use in your online program delivery. In two weeks, you’ll have an initial plan, including goals, tools, and methods for revamping or creating a new online learning experience or program to support your elementary school-aged children in your community.

Course Description: This two-week course will include one interactive online session:

  • January 21, 2021 at 3 PM Pacific/4 PM Mountain/5 PM Central/6 PM Eastern

The online session will be recorded for those who cannot attend during the scheduled time.

In addition to the scheduled session, the instructor will share resources, examples, and useful tips and techniques that can be applied as you work to develop effective online learning opportunities for children. During the course, you will participate in discussions and other communication forums as you develop your ideas. You will have the opportunity to share your experiences and questions, alongside others who are working with children in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Through assignments, you will apply the concepts to your own library and community.


Course Outline: By the end of the two-week course, participants will:

  • Apply at least one major learning theory to an initial plan for an online learning experience or program.
  • Incorporate elements of instructional design strategies into an initial plan for an online learning experience or program.
  • Incorporate ideas from peers and other libraries in development of an initial plan for an online experience or program at participants’ library.
  • Incorporate developmentally-appropriate activities into an initial plan for an online learning experience or program.

Pre-course Assignment: None.

Time Required: To complete this course, you can expect to spend 2 ½ hours per week, for a total of five course hours.

Who Should Take This Course: Library staff serving children ages 5 through 12 (kindergarten through grade 6).

Online Learning Details and System Requirements may be found at:

Are you a member of ARSL? If so, you may be able to sign up for a free seat in this course. Limit is four free seats per course. Make your request here and if a free seat is available you will be notified.

Keywords: children's services, library instruction