What We Do
Simmons SLIS CE serves the library/information professional community by offering an extensive and changing array of professional development opportunities in all areas of library, archives, and information services and operations. We offer over 15 workshops each semester online.
For examples of our current workshops and instructors, please take a look at our SLIS CE workshops page.
Types of Workshops
Online workshops typically run for 4 to 6 weeks. They are completely asynchronous except for possible scheduled 'live' discussions. A workshop may include readings, links, assignments, exercises/activities, and discussions and will use various forms of media. The students log in at their convenience but there is the expectation that they will login regularly to keep up with the flow of the class including the posting of a new weekly module or updated discussion threads. We estimate that students will spend about 15 hours on a month-long workshop. We will host your workshop on Moodle and handle logins and support for students.
We offer CEUs (continuing education units) or PDPs (professional development points - usually used by school library teachers) based on satisfactory completion of the workshop by the student. CEUs are 1/10 of the contract hours and PDPs are the same as the contact hours.
Our online workshops are increasing attracting students from around the world which allows us to greatly expand the audience for our CE program.
We are also interested in offering additional workshop formats such as shorter online workshops, workshop series, and webinars.
Minimum Registrations to Run Workshops
A workshop can be canceled if not enough students register, and the minimum number of students depends on the specific workshop. The minimum number of students for running a workshop is usually five. Instructors often want to know as early as possible whether their workshop will run, but since we often get a flurry of registrations during the last week before the workshop starts, the decision to run the workshop will usually be made about three days before the date of the workshop. Please be prepared to teach since you may not have a lot of time to prepare if you wait until the final decision is made.
SLIS CE Instructor Webpages
If your workshop proposal is accepted, we will ask you to provide information to us (name, bio, photo, contact information, CV, etc.) for the creation of an instructor page. This is the opportunity for our instructors to provide additional information about their specific workshops and/or about themselves. The faculty webpages are linked to the workshop description in site. If you already have a CE Instructor webpage, please let us know if the information needs updating.
Instructor Pay Scale
Please contact SLIS CE for more information.
Proposals can be submitted HERE at any time.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know that you have submitted a proposal.
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