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iupuiS603: High Tech Libraries and Learning

Indiana University at Indianapolis
School of Library and Information Science

From blogs to wikis, today's learners have access to a wide range of technology tools and learning spaces. This course explores these technologies and examines how librarians and educators can facilitate high tech learning.

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. Larry Johnson for more information.

Course Overview


Instructor Contact Information

Name - Larry Johnson, Ph.D.
Address - P.O. Box 206 Teasdale, Utah 84773
Dr. Johnson often travels during the semester. Email for the latest direct address.
- larrjoh@gmail.com or ljohnso@iupui.edu

Online Course Materials

Course Materials - http://eduscapes.com/hightech
Syllabus - http://eduscapes.com/hightech/course/syllabus.htm
Requirements - http://eduscapes.com/hightech/course/require.htm
Checklist - http://eduscapes.com/hightech/course/checklist.htm

Required Text

No required print text. All readings are online.

Recommended Online Resources

We have a variety of backgrounds and interests represented in this course. I've provided links to a few blogs that will be helpful in specific library areas. No specific assignments will be made, but the resources and links may be helpful in designing course projects. I've selected these based on their focus on professions in the field, technology, as well as their association with professional organizations. For links to personal blogs and other resources, look at the blogroll of the following blogs. If you're overwhelmed by blogs, consider using a new aggregator such as Google Reader to help you get organized.


Academic and Research Librarians

Public Librarians

School Technology and Libraries

Special Libraries and others

For more ways to use technology as a way to learn more about the library profession, go to ReadWriteConnect from ALA.
For the latest news, try ALA Connect.

Course Assumptions

The following entry skills are required for this course:

Course Description

High tech learning refers to the constantly evolving hardware, software, and networking tools and resources available to those wishing to acquire knowledge, skills, attitudes, or values through formal instruction or free inquiry. Because of the virtual nature of these digital tools and resources, high tech learning can occur anywhere, anytime. Libraries, educational institutions, museums, and community organizations all play a role in faciliating this type of learning.

This three-credit course explores high tech learning tools and spaces. Participants explore how technology tools can be used to produce texts, illustrations, photographs, sounds, videos, and animations for use in teaching and learning. Next, participants examine the role of librarians and educators in facilitating learning spaces through the use of technologies such as email, forums, blogs, virtual conferencing, collaborative web/wikis, social networks, course management systems, desktop spaces, and interactives. Along the way, participants examine evidence of the effectiveness of each technology as well as issues associated with their use.

This course will expand your thinking about the integral role of technology in a comprehensive school, academic, and/or public library setting. This course is taught entirely online including web-based readings and resources, threaded discussions, plus online activities. Choices allow graduate students with varied backgrounds and interests to select activities that meet their professional needs.

Course Goals

Students will be able to:

The instructor will:

Course Purposes

S603 is a three-credit graduate course that may be used to complete:

S603 also meets a portion of the new standards for Teachers of Library Media in Indiana as approved by the Professional Standards Board.

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 S603 Course Checklist.

Course Grades

The points awarded for each activity are indicated on the Course Requirements ppage. 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. Please let me know 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 aes@iupui.edu

For more information go to http://life.iupui.edu/aes/

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.”
Learn more at http://registrar.iupui.edu/withdrawal-policy.html


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