Apps for Librarians and Educators

Become an Expert in Mobile Apps for iPhones, iPads, and Other iOS Devices

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Option 1

  • ongoing access with no deadlines
  • includes all future updates to the course

Option 2

  • Next session: May 15- June 30, 2014
  • optional credit
  • deadlines to help you finish on time

 

non-credit
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$125

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Credit: 2.5 CEUs (25 PDPs)
Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science

$275 (GSLIS Alumni Price $220)

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Instructor: Nicole Hennig, Independent User Experience Professional (previously Head of User Experience for the MIT Libraries)

Nicole also teaches The Book as iPad App - a course about books that are published as mobile apps and how these apps use multi-touch features to enable interactive learning.


Mobile apps are here to stay and are being used by students of all ages to enable learning and creative work.

Are you overwhelmed by the number of mobile apps that exist and wondering how to select and evaluate the best apps for education?

As librarians and educators, we are passionate about learning and access to information for all. Contrary to the popular idea that iPads and apps are only useful for "consumption," mobile apps are being used as tools to enable learning and knowledge creation. The time is ripe for librarians & educators to become "app-literate," serving as experts for their communities.

When you become "app-literate," you become the go-to expert for your community, evaluating, reviewing and recommending the best apps for knowledge creation. You help to move your organizations into the future (which is already here) by designing innovative programs and services related to using mobile apps for learning.

This course if for you if...

By the end of this course you will...

Testimonials

"Before taking the Apps4Librarians, I didn't realize there were so many apps that could be useful in educational settings. I look forward to sharing information about some of the apps I learned about in this course with my colleagues and possibly lead some workshops on specific apps."
- Ellen Lutz, Research Services Librarian in the Sciences, University of Texas at San Antonio

"Excellent course. This class exceeded my expectations. It provided a good mix of the practical and theoretical components of iOS and android applications. Nicole is enthusiastic, encouraging, engaging and very knowledgeable."
- Maryjane Canavan, Head of Library Systems, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Why I created this course

Ever since the first iPhone was released I've been immersing myself in the world of apps, personally testing hundreds of them over the past few years. I enjoy finding the gems from the huge number of apps that are available. What seems overwhelming to some, is fun for me!

After seeing all these apps, and many examples of how they are being used in education and the creative arts, I feel optimistic about the potential of mobile apps for enabling learning and creativity.

For over a decade I worked as a librarian at MIT, first as a web manager/usability specialist and later as head of the User Experience group. In that role, I studied and observed what works and what doesn't work for learning experiences in many formats.

In my current role as an independent online educator and entrepreneur, I'm bringing that knowledge to the world of evaluating mobile apps and the design of learning experiences.

I created this course because I see this area as a huge opportunity for librarians and educators to serve as leaders and I enjoy inspiring others to create their own innovative services related to mobile apps.

More testimonials

"Apps4Librarians is a class I'd recommend to anyone. Either the novice or experienced user would benefit. Nicole is an expert and working with her is a unique opportunity. Considering the fact that use of apps is expected to explode over the next few years, I feel businesses would benefit greatly by offering this class to employees. Again, I plan to retake the class and participate in writing app reviews. Thanks again for a great experience! "
- Kathleen Schmidt, Recruiter for LAC Group, Manchester, NH

"Besides being extremely knowledgeable regarding apps and app technology, Nicole knows how to share her knowledge with her students. She is a clear and effective communicator who uses several teaching approaches to reach her students, recognizing that each person learns differently from the next. Further, she gives her students the tools so they can continue learning even after the class concludes. The class was an exceptional value. I wouldn't hesitate to take another class with Nicole as the instructor."
- [attorney, law librarian, Simmons alumna]

Here's what's included:

What you'll need:

To participate, you need an iPhone, iPod Touch, or iPad. You may also use Android smartphones and tablets, but not all of the apps we discuss are available on that platform. For the best experience, you should have at least one Apple device.

When you finish the course — offer your own workshop

By the end of this course you'll have a solid grounding and enough information to offer your own workshop for your own community. You'll see the potential of using apps for creative work and educational experiences.

Also, you'll feel inspired about the potential of this technology to help bridge the digital divide.

Option 1

  • ongoing access with no deadlines
  • includes all future updates to the course

Option 2

  • Next session: May 15 - June 30, 2014
  • optional credit
  • deadlines to help you finish on time

 

non-credit
Apps for Librarians & Educators: Udemy.com

$125

Sign up now

Credit: 2.5 CEUs (25 PDPs)
Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science

$275 (GSLIS Alumni Price $220)

Sign up now

 

Questions

1. What if I don't have the time for this course right now?
With the self-study version of this course, you can begin the course anytime you like. You can work through it at your own pace and you'll have perpetual access to all the course materials, including future updates. Sign up now before the price increases.

If you're still not sure, Udemy has a generous refund policy. If the course doesn't meet your expectations, you may contact Udemy support within 30 days of purchase and they will refund your money, no questions asked.


2. A course about apps sounds interesting, but is it really important compared to other topics I could be learning about now?
Study after study shows that use of mobile devices, especially smartphones and tablets, is growing, especially for education.

At the same time, libraries are transforming away from their role as repositories of information and towards new roles, such as centers of culture, teaching and learning centers, and data services hubs.

Because of that, it's more important than ever to get experience with new technologies for knowledge creation, such as mobile apps. "App-literate" librarians can serve as reviewers, recommenders, and aggregators of these knowledge creation tools for their communities.


3. What if I need continuing education credits or a certificate of completion? If you need continuing education credits, I recommend the version offered through Simmons GSLIS. Sign up here.

4. Do you offer any other online courses?
Yes! The Book as iPad App is a course about books that are published as mobile apps, and how these books are enabling better learning experiences. Both courses are very popular with librarians and educators. It doesn't matter which order you take them in, either could be done first.



Instructor

Nicole Hennig
Nicole Hennig is an independent user experience professional, teaching & inspiring educators and librarians about apps, ebooks, ereading, and mobile technologies. She was head of user experience for the MIT Libraries from 2010-2012, and web manager and usability specialist for the MIT Libraries from 1999-2010.

Follow Nicole on Twitter (@nic221) for updates about mobile apps, iPhones, iPads, e-reading, libraries, and more.

Questions? Contact Nicole Hennig: nic@hennigweb.com



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