S603: Electronic Materials for Children and Young Adults

iupuiIndiana University at Indianapolis
School of Library and Information Science

From educational software to informational websites, a wide range of electronic materials are currently available for children and young adults. These materials can help parents entertain and motivate their children. They can also assist teachers in meeting the individual learning needs of children.

Rather than just providing a bunch of readings and assignments, this course is centered around a CourseQuest called "Shake Em" Up". A CourseQuest is an inquiry-based approach to learning that provides a "real world" challenge and the resources needed to meet that challenge.

This page was designed for a graduate course at IUPUI. If you've stumbled upon the course and want to learn more about it, email Dr. Annette Lamb for more information.

Instructor Contact Information

Name - Annette Lamb, Ph.D. (Larry Johnson will be teaching this course during Summer Sessions)
Address - P.O. Box 206 1341 S. Boulder Dr. Teasdale, Utah 84773
Dr. Lamb often travels during the semester. Email for the latest direct address.
Email - or (Larry Johnson
Voice Mail - email instructor if you need the phone number

Online Course Materials

Course Materials -
Syllabus -
Requirements -
Checklist -
CourseQuest -
Oncourse Sharing Area -
Audio and Video Collection Development Resources -

Print Course Materials

No print materials are required.

Course Assumptions

The following entry skills are required for this course:

This course makes the assumption that you are able to work independently. There are no required face-to-face meetings. There are no required synchronous online meetings. However, feel free to email or arrange a chat with your instructor any time!

Course Description

From Web 2.0 tools and mobile apps to educational software and informational websites, a wide range of electronic materials are currently available for children and young adults. Explore how librarians can make the best use of these new technologies for young people. These materials can help parents entertain and motivate their children. They can also assist teachers in meeting the individual learning needs of children. Whether you want to learn more about technology in libraries or you're interested in the emerging areas of transmedia storytelling and social media, this course is for you!

This three-credit hour course focuses on the evaluation, selection, management, and use of electronic materials for children and young adults including web and computer-based materials. Learners will explore categories of resources and develop materials such as pathfinders, comics, electronic databases, transmedia stories, and WebQuests to facilitate access and promote learning. Issues such as filters, plagiarism, copyright, and acceptable use policies will also be explored.

This course will expand your thinking about the integral role of electronic resources in a comprehensive PK-12 school, children's/YA public library setting, or young adults in an academic library setting. Choices allow graduate students with varied backgrounds and interests to select activities that meet their professional needs.

Course Goals

Students will be able to:

Course Requirements

For a complete description of the requirements, go to the Course Requirements page.

For a nice checklist of the course activities, check out Course Checklist.

Course Grades

The points awarded for each activity are indicated on the Course Requirements page. High expectations have been set for this course. Please notice that outstanding achievement will require careful attention to course criteria and exceptional quality in course assignments.

Final grades are based on the following range within the total 100 points possible:

A 98-100
A- 95-97
B+ 92-94
B 89-91
B- 86-88
C 80-85
D 75-79
F below 75

The meaning of the letter grades follows the SLIS Grading Policy:

A: Outstanding achievement. Student performance demonstrates full command of the course materials and evinces a high level of originality and/or creativity that far surpasses course expectations. The grade of A+ is not granted in SLIS, except in very exceptional cases.
A-: Excellent achievement. Student performance demonstrates thorough knowledge of the course materials and exceeds course expectations by completing all requirements in a superior manner.
B+: Very good work. Student performance demonstrates above-average comprehension of the course materials and exceeds course expectations on all tasks defined in the course syllabus.
B: Good work. Student performance meets designated course expectations, demonstrates understanding of the course materials, and has performed at an acceptable level.
B-: Marginal work. Student performance demonstrates incomplete understanding of course materials.
C+, C, C-: Unsatisfactory work and inadequate understanding of course materials.
D+, D, D-: Unacceptable work; course work completed at this level will not count toward the MLS degree.
F: Failing. May result in an overall grade point average below 3.0 and possible removal from the program.

A final grade of "I" or "Incomplete" will NOT be given except in extreme situations (As an adjunct professor, your instructor cannot assign an "I" grade). Please contact me if you're having difficulty completing the requirements of this course.


Students needing accommodations because of disability must register with Adaptive Educational Services and complete the appropriate form before accommodations will be given.  The AES office is located in Cavanaugh Hall 001E, 425 University Blvd., Indianapolis, IN 46202-5140 and may be reached by phone 317/274-3241 or 317/278-2050 TTD/TTY; by fax 317/274-2051; or by email   

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If you need special assistance or accommodations, please let me know so we can make arrangements.

Administrative Withdrawal

A basic requirement of this course is that you will participate in class and conscientiously complete writing and reading assignments. Keep in touch with me if you are unable to attend class or complete an assignment on time. If you miss more than half our class assignments within the first four weeks of the semester without contacting me, you will be administratively withdrawn from this section. Our class has assignments each week; thus if you miss more than three assignment in the first four weeks, you may be withdrawn. Administrative withdrawal may have academic, financial, and financial aid implications. Administrative withdrawal will take place after the full refund period, and if you are administratively withdrawn from the course you will not be eligible for a tuition refund. If you have questions about the administrative withdrawal policy at any point during the semester, please contact me.”
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