Next PLN course: the Research Toolkit

Next up, something a little different.

The Research Toolkit is a short online course for teachers and school library teams focused on the skills and tools required for 21st-century research.

The four-unit, self-paced program will enable participants to sharpen their research techniques, use the latest web tools, and support students to research effectively in the changing online environment.

We will focus on:

  • search concepts, strategies and skills for a range of search engines and repositories
  • online sources and resources
  • web tools for note-taking, reference, annotation and information management.

This is the first of our new short and specialised VicPLN courses, but you don’t need to have completed a PLN course to undertake the Research Toolkit.

Here’s what the course will cover:

  • Tools including your web browser and extensions, Evernote, Zotero and other referencing tools, Diigo, Pocket and If This Then That
  • Information sources such as online journals and databases, search engines beyond Google, primary source repositories, and aggregation services
  • Search skills including query construction, results filtering, using advanced tools and services in Google and other search tools.
  • Information and discussion on how search engines work, how to find archived web material, and what makes Wikipedia tick.

The course is held over four weeks with two extra weeks as catch-up time. You carry out set tasks at the time of day that suits you best. Weekly webinars will be held in afternoons and recorded for anyone who can’t attend.

You’ll need access to a computer (Mac or Windows is fine) and can also make use of iPad/tablet with a web connection.

The course starts on November 12, 2012. For more information and bookings, go to the State Library website. Hope you can join us.

About plnteam

The PLN team comprises teachers, librarians and web specialists who work together to provide the Victorian PLN course and support its participants. You can read more about the team members here: http://vicpln.global2.vic.edu.au/about-the-pln/the-2012-pln-team/
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