Help Your Students Uncover the Research Skills Needed to Succeed Today

A teacher who is taking Illuminating Libraries and Research Series courses instructing a student on research skills at a computerThe Illuminating Libraries and Research Series, designed for K-12 educators, explores how library and online resources can enhance classroom instruction. Learn strategies for teaching 21st Century research skills to elementary, middle school, and high school students. The courses examine the changing role of libraries in education and the ways that print and digital resources can best be used in today’s classroom. The library can also be the ideal location for your campus' initial makerspace--learn how to implement one in the library, or the classroom.


Who Should Attend

These courses are for Pre-K-12 teachers from all content areas, who are interested in enhancing their own information literacy skills, learning to design successful student research projects, and discovering ways to teach these skills to their students. Library media teachers or technicians who are seeking to update or refresh their skills to keep up with technology and changing research trends will also benefit from these programs.

Enroll in one or more courses in this series.

You can expect the following from the Online Self-Paced courses in this series:

  • You can go online when convenient, completing course within six months from enrollment
  • As long as you have access to the Internet (and any text book requirements stated, if applicable), you can complete assignments
  • You'll read articles and watch videos, and interact with resources provided within the course
  • Completed assignments are submitted and then evaluated by assigned instructor
  • Instructor interaction and feedback are provided between assignments

You can expect the following from the Independent Study Self-Paced course (EDU-X729K Only) in this series:

  • You can independently work on course work, completing course within nine months from enrollment
  • You will read articles and watch videos, and interact with resources provided within the course
  • Instructor is available by email
  • Completed assignments are submitted upon completion of the entire course, and then evaluated by assigned instructor
  • Instructor provide provides feedback to your submitted work.  Final grade is issued and posted to your record for transcript.
  • Examine public, academic and online libraries and how their resources can promote student learning
  • Identify and explain the importance of information literacy skills (including Web searching and source evaluation)
  • Know how to access and evaluate online reference tools and determine how they can be integrated into your teaching practice
  • Create or enhance a makerspace at your school to promote active learning
"I am super excited to introduce my kids to the Big 6 this school year. I'm already thinking of lessons and projects beyond the final project." -- Julia Carpentieri, 5th Grade Teacher, Canoas Elementary, San Jose CA
"I learned a tremendous amount in this course! I completely re-designed one of my research units and am very excited to put it into practice . . . I would highly recommend this course to teachers who would like to bring their understanding of research methods up to current standards." -- Erin Kurtz, 6th Grade English, Robert Louis Stevenson Middle School, St. Helena CA

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