Professional Development through Coursera

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Build up your management skills through free courses from world-renowned universities through the Coursera platform. The following are some programmes which will be commencing soon:

Vanderbilt University Leading Strategic Innovation in Organizations
 – Vanderbilt University. Commencing on 1 July 2014.

This course is intended to help you improve your ability to manage creativity, innovation and change in business, education, healthcare, government, and in any other complex organization or institution by diagnosing potential innovation failures before they can occur. Using an “innovation constraints framework that draws on modern social science research and on insights from business practice, participants will learn how to best manage people (be they co-workers, bosses, customers, clients, friends or any other stakeholders) when innovation is the goal.  While we see several examples of technological innovation, we are not focused on the management of technology.  Instead, we focus on something much more powerful:  understanding and managing the people engaged in creation, innovation and positive change, regardless of the context.

The approach in this class is to treat innovation as the process of generating, assessing, and then implementing useful and valuable ideas.  As we will discuss, generating ideas is relatively easy; what can be hard is getting those ideas listened to, accepted, and implemented in organizations.  In addition to learning how to lead creative people and creative teams, participants will also learn techniques for improving their own creativity.  During the course you will engage numerous activities and exercises intended to bring current habits of thought and behavior to the surface for examination and change.

This nine-week course will require 6-8 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

University of AmsterdamIntroduction to Communication Science
– University of Amsterdam. Commencing on 2 July 2014.

Since Antiquity, scholars have appreciated the importance of communication: as social beings, we cannot exist without communication. We need to interact with people around us, to make sense of the world and to position ourselves in a wider social and cultural reality. In this course, we look at how and why communication evolved as a science and reflect on today’s dominant paradigms. The course also extends beyond the boundaries of communication science itself, exploring dimensions of history, sociology and psychology. It explores some of the basic theories, models and concepts from the fields of mass, interpersonal and intrapersonal communication. It begins with a consideration of several basic models, progressing to the history of communication theory, linear effect-oriented theories, the reception approach and, finally, exploring theories on the production and reinforcement of culture through communication.

This seven-week course will require 3-5 hours of work per week

University of Michigan Questionnaire Design for Social Surveys
– University of Michigan. Commencing on 7 July 2014.

This course covers the basic elements of designing and evaluating questionnaires. It reviews the process of responding to questions, challenges and options for asking questions about behavioral frequencies, practical techniques for evaluating questions, mode specific questionnaire characteristics, and review methods of standardized and conversational interviewing.

This six-week course will require 2-4 hours of work per week.

PennState  Creativity, Innovation and Change
– Pennsylvnia State University. Commencing on 14 July 2014.

This course takes an experiential learning approach to driving creative change. Discover creative uniqueness through Creative Diversity, use Intelligent Fast Failure to build innovative skills and apply CENTER principles to drive personal change.
This six-week course will require 3-5 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$39.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

University of North CarolinaMetadata: Organizing and Discovering Information
– The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commencing on 14 July 2014.

Metadata is a tool that enables the information age functions performed by humans as well as those performed by computers. This course approaches Metadata from the perspective of Information Science, which is a broad interdisciplinary field that studies how people create and manage information.
This eight-week course will require 4-6 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

Duke University Emory UniversityCopyright for Educators & Librarians
– Duke University, Emory University and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Commencing on 21 July 2014.

This course is meant to demystify the copyright law and help educators and librarians do their jobs more effectively. Specific examples of copyright questions that arise in education will be included. The course will also introduce a framework for analyzing copyright questions that participants can use to consider the specific issues they encounter, and will work with real life examples.
This four-week course will require 2-3 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

 

Professional Development through Coursera

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Build up your management skills through free courses from world-renowned universities through the Coursera platform. The following are some programmes which will be commencing soon:

 How to Change the World

 Wesleyan University (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 21 June 2014.

This course examines how we can develop “social goods” and use them to create networks of progressive change. Classes will explore the meaning of “social goods” and then address the following topics: Poverty and Philanthropy; Climate Change and Sustainability; Women, Education and Social Change; Social Networks, Education and Activism. Each week will be structured along the following questions: 1. What do we know?  2. Why should we care? 3. What can we do? At the end of the class students should have a clearer understanding of these global issues, and they should develop strategies for working with others to begin to address them. This seven-week course will require 3-5 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

 Globalization and You

University of Washington. Commencing on 24 June 2014.

Particular attention is paid to the ways market-led macro-economic reforms associated with globalization (such as free trade agreements and privatization initiatives) have come together with much more micro innovations in how personal behavior is organized by market forces (rethinking education as a personal investment practice, for example, or outsourcing dating to for-profit companies).  Mediating between these macro and micro scales of capitalist transformation are a wide array of other market-based mechanisms examined in the course.  From bond risk ratings to the market metrics shaping FICO scores, personalized medicine and online mapping, these market-mechanisms require close examination. Tracing their influence with an awareness of their material geographic variation and unevenness, the course offers an alternative to economistic assumptions about choice-maximizing behavior on a ‘level playing field’. It explores instead the complex uneven development dynamics of globalization in ways that allow you to see how your own personal perspectives on these dynamics are at once outcomes and enablers of economic and social change.  And, by doing so, the course aims in turn at enabling you to be a more engaged participant in the ongoing debates over the direction these dynamics should take.  Key words that are debated, defined and/or explained in the course include: globalization, interdependency, discourse, capitalism, neoliberalism, value, financialization, harmonization, competition, governance, governmentality, power, citizenship, choice, accountability, enclaving, geopolitics, biopolitics, biocapital and global health. This ten-week course will require 2-3 hours of work per week.

i_mark_bold e-Learning Ecologies

 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  Commencing on 30 June 2014.

This course explores ‘seven affordances’ of e-learning ecologies which open out genuine possibilities for ‘New Learning’ – transformative, twenty-first century learning:

  • Ubiquitous Learning
  • Active Knowledge Making
  • Multimodal Meaning
  • Recursive Feedback
  • Collaborative Intelligence
  • Metacognition
  • Differentiated Learning

These affordances, if recognized and harnessed, will prepare learners for success in  a world that is increasingly dominated by digital information flows, and tools for communication in the workplace, public spaces and personal life. This course offers a wide variety of examples of learning technologies and technology implementations that, to varying degrees, demonstrate these affordances in action. This eight-week course will require 1-10 hours of work per week.

LAS WSQ Support General Reference Works (July 2014)

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LAS is pleased to organize the another run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support General Reference Works. Details below:

Training:
Dates: 8 – 9 July 2014
Time: 09:00 AM – 05:00 PM daily
Venue: NUS Central Library, Training Room
(Getting to NUS Central Library)

Assessment:
Scheduled dates: 23 and 24 July 2014
Time: 1 hour per candidate on either one of the scheduled dates
Venue: (Library Instructional Commons) or venues to be determined.

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Register at: http://www.las.org.sg/eforms/view.php?id=46

This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level which together form the WSQ Higher Certificate in Library and Information Services.

Important Note:

  • Upon successful registration for the training, you will receive a confirmation message & email.
  • The registration page will also display a message when the class is full. You will not be able to key in personal particulars when this happens.
  • The course fees are listed here.
  • On enrolment, you are deemed to have committed to both the training and proposed assessment dates.
  • Participants or institutions who wish to withdraw from an enrolled course must submit reason(s) in writing to las.tnd@gmail.com. Where notice of withdrawal is given before the start of the course, an administrative fee of $25 is payable to facilitate the withdrawal from the course.
  • Please view full Terms & Conditions for LAS WSQ Level 2 courses.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page.

Registration will close with maximum of 17 registrants.

Organized by:

LAS Training & Development Committee

LFT Conference 2014 – Call for Proposals!

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We are calling for presentation proposals that will answer this year’s conference theme centering on People, Places and Possibilities.

The scope of your presentation can include any of the following:

  • Proof-of-concepts
  • Testing of ideas
  • Collaborative project proposals
  • Trials that you are doing or attempting to set in place

Delivery format:

  • Presentation paper (20 min), and/or
  • Poster

All presentation proposals should be emailed to las.conferences@gmail.com by 15 June 2014.

More details here: http://www.las.org.sg/wp/lft/conference/libraries-for-tomorrow-2014/call-for-proposals/

LAS Conference – Libraries for Tomorrow 2014

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LAS Conference

We are excited to inform that LAS conference “Libraries for Tomorrow 2014″ will be held on 14th October 2014 at Biopolis. Please check out the conference website for more details.

 

Professional Development through Coursera

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Build up your management skills through free courses from world-renowned universities through the Coursera platform. The following are some programmes which will be commencing soon:

CaseWesternReserveInspiring Leadership through Emotional Intelligence

Case Western Reserve University (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 5 May 2014.

Based on decades of research into emotional intelligence competencies and longitudinal studies of their development, the course will examine resonance and developing “resonant leadership” capability, emotional intelligence, and the experiences of mindfulness, hope, and compassion. Using the latest in neuroscience, behavioral, organizational and psychological research, participants will learn the theory, research and experience of the Positive Emotional Attractor that is an essential beginning to sustained, desired change for individuals, teams, organizations and communities.

This eight-week course will require 3-4 hours of work per week.  If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$39.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

coursera_whartonAnalyzing Global Trends for Business and Society

University of Pennsylvania (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 5 May 2014.

The world is changing rapidly. Populations are ageing, people are moving from the countryside to the cities, there are more people suffering from obesity or who are overweight than people who go hungry, and the middle-class is growing fast in the emerging economies while it is shrinking in Europe and the United States. These forces are putting pressure on governments around the world as they seek to cope with the consequences. You can expect to learn about these and other global trends in this class. Be ready to realize how fast the world is changing, and what are the consequences for markets, businesses, and society at large. Learn how to analyze global trends, understanding their magnitude and how they are related to one another. Realize how the world can cope with massive change.

This seven-week course will require 3-4 hours of work per week.  If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

PennVital Signs: Understanding What the Body is Telling Us

University of Pennsylvania (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 19 May 2014.

The vital signs – heart rate, blood pressure, body temperature, respiration rate, and pain – communicate important information about the physiological status of the human body. In this course we explore the anatomy and physiology underlying the vital signs so that you will develop a systematic, integrated understanding of how the body functions. Relevant body systems are reviewed including cardiovascular and respiratory, followed by explanations of how the function of these systems affects vital signs. We discuss normal ranges, normal variants, and the mechanisms that underlie changes in the objective measurement of vital signs. The course also includes demonstrations of appropriate techniques for measuring vital signs in yourself and others.

This six-week course will require 3-5 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

PennGrowing Old Around the Globe

University of Pennsylvania (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 19 May 2014.

Growing old is discussed today in ominous terms – concerns about disease, dysfunction, and destitution are daily discussed by media and policy makers. What are individuals, families, communities and societies to make of an ageing world? We analysed contemporary topics in psychological and social ageing from a global perspective. Each week, the instructor will pose a question to be explored and discussed online. Participants are encouraged to contribute their experiences and perspectives creating a global community to discuss age, ageing, and the science of gerontology in action. Participants will then compile a portfolio of materials they create and/or collect to address each week’s question and critically reflect their knowledge and experience throughout the course. Portfolios are then reviewed by peers at the end of the course to foster continued discourse among participants.

This six-week course will require 5-10 hours of work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to complete some required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

LAS WSQ Support Collection Maintenance Works (May 2014)

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LAS is pleased to organize the another run of the WSQ/LAS Level 2 training for Support  Collection Maintenance Works  on 6 – 7 May 2014.

This 2 day course will be held at Theatrette 2, NUS Central Library  (map).

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN. Register at: http://www.las.org.sg/eforms/view.php?id=43

This is one of the 5 competency based programmes at entry level which together form the WSQ Higher Certificate in Library and Information Services.

Important Note:

  • Upon successful registration for the training, you will receive a confirmation message & email.
  • The registration page will also display a message when the class is full. You will not be able to key in personal particulars when this happens.
  • The course fees are listed here.
  • On enrolment, you are deemed to have committed to both the training and proposed assessment dates.
  • Participants or institutions who wish to withdraw from an enrolled course must submit reason(s) in writing to las.tnd@gmail.com. Where notice of withdrawal is given before the start of the course, an administrative fee of $25 is payable to facilitate the withdrawal from the course.
  • Please view full Terms & Conditions for LAS WSQ Level 2 courses.

For more information on the module, please refer to the training page.

Registration will close with maximum of 17 registrants.

Organized by:

LAS Training & Development Committee

 

Professional Development through Coursera

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Build up your management skills through free courses from world-renowned universities through the Coursera platform. The following are some programmes which will be commencing soon:

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Competitive Strategy

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universitate Munchen (Free). Commencing on 11 April 2014.

This course is about the behaviour of companies in competitive markets. This course introduce the basic concepts of game theory as a toolbox with which a person can use to analyze strategic “games” in real-life settings. Participants will learn to use the toolbox to address and analyze different decisions firms take: How do price wars happen and when do they end? When should I enter a market in which firms currently make high profits? What makes strategic partnerships work? This six-week course will require 2-3 hours work per week.

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On Strategy: What Managers Can Learn From Great Philosophers

Ecole Centrale Paris (Free). Commencing on 14 April 2014.

In the expression “creative thinking”, the keyword is not creativity; the keyword is thinking. With the help of great philosophers, rediscover the art of thinking. Creativity demands the ability to unshackle ourselves from conventional ways of thinking, to “think outside the box”. But we need to go a step further. Once outside the box, we need to construct a new box or boxes (that is, new intellectual frameworks or models) to help us structure our thinking. Only once we have done so can we generate truly game-changing ideas. This six-week course will require 2-3 hours work per week.

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An Introduction to Marketing

University of Pennsylvania (Verified Certificate). Commencing on 21 April 2014.

This Wharton course teaches the fundamentals of marketing by getting to the root of customer decision making. It focuses on branding strategies, customer centricity and new market entry. Branding: given a very disparate world in which new startups are emerging constantly, brand equity is one of the key elements of keeping customers so that they have a trusted source for their needs. The second topic is customer centricity, which is taught in a global context where students learn how to gather needs and focus on the customer via discussion forums and empirical examples which are advanced by the mix of cultures in the course. Finally, the course explores practical, go-to-market strategies to help students understand the drivers that influence customers and see how these are implemented prior to making an investment. This 9-week course features on-location videos and debates between the three professors which will require 5-6 hours work per week. If you take up the Verified Certificate (US$49.00) version, you will usually have to completed a required work and receive a certificate upon completion of all the conditions.

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