WISE Courses: 2014-2015, Winter Session, Term 2 [January/April]

  • Please remember than only 2-5 spaces in total are available in each course for WISE students in the participating institutions. There is no guarantee that there will be space for you in any of these courses.
  • You should NOT request a space in a WISE course unless you are reasonably sure you will actually take the course if offered a space. It causes logistical problems to “take up” a space then drop the course at the last minute.
  • All courses have the four MLIS Core Courses as required pre-requisites: LIBR 500, LIBR 501, LIBR 502 & LIBR 503 for students in the MLIS and Dual programs. Students in the stand-alone MAS program must have completed the eight MAS Core Courses. Other required pre-requisites are noted in the individual course descriptions. If you are in the MAS program you should ask Mary Sue Stephenson [MLIS Chair] about whether or not you have taken the relevant equivalent courses in the MAS program.
  • All SLAIS students are eligible to take relevant WISE courses. MAS students – see below for information on taking a WISE course. MACL, CAS and Ph.D. students should consult with their advisers before requesting spaces in WISE courses.
  • Students who wish to take one of the available courses will be registered in LIBR 593: Seminar
  • Students may take a maximum of two WISE courses [6 credits] as part of their MLIS, MAS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MACL, CAS or Ph.D. programs
  • Students must agree to the course parameters of the host institution including course management tools, grading, and dates of term
  • Students must have access to technology necessary for completion of course
  • Students must have the technical knowledge to complete course successfully
  • Marks given by the program offering the course will be converted to UBC marks using only the WISE Marking Matrix. Please read over this document carefully as it will be the sole source used to convert marks from WISE institutions to UBC marks.
  • To request a space in one or more of the WISE courses please follow the registration instructions distributed to all SLAIS students via email on October 24, 2014. Do not attempt to register for a WISE course before October 27, 2014
  • Once you have completed course registration at the WISE web site, please send Mary Sue Stephenson a separate e-mail [susie.slais@ubc.ca] for each course giving this information:
    • Your name
    • Your program [MLIS, Dual MAS/MLIS, MAS, MACL, CAS, Ph.D.]
    • Your UBC student number
    • The name, number, and institution of the course you wish to take
    • If you are requesting a space in two courses please send separate emails for each course
  • IMPORTANT- If you are in the stand-alone MAS – before we can send approval to WISE for you to take a course you must have first completed and submitted the Request for Credit for External Courses Form. It must be signed by Rick Kopak as SLAIS Graduate Adviser before the WISE registration process can take place. When you send your request to take a class to Mary Sue Stephenson please indicate that the form has already been submitted and approved. If you forget to tell her or you haven’t completed the approval process it will delay the process of trying to secure a seat for you in one of the WISE courses. Given the small number of seats, it will likely keep you from obtaining one of the seats.
  • VERY IMPORTANT: When you take a WISE course you are registered in a SLAIS/UBC course: LIBR 593D or LIBR 593E and all the normal add/drop dates at UBC apply. You are held responsible for dropping ALL relevant courses by the UBC deadlines. If you forget to drop [even if the WISE course has not yet started] you may receive a mark of “F” in the course.

NOTE: Registration for the 2015 January term WISE courses opens on October 27, 2014. It is possible that additional WISE courses may be added later.

 

 

Geographic Information Systems for Librarians [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in May 2015]

  • Description: Concepts, techniques and technology of GIA: geospatioal data sources, metadata, and databases; techniques for creating maps; using GIS applications and software.
  • Institution: The University of Pittsburgh
  • Class Number: LIS 2695
  • Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 5
  • Course tool: Blackboard
  • Faculty: Dr. Hassan Karimi
  • Start and End Date: 1/5/2015 – 4/25/2015 [course starts in mid-January and ends in late April]
  • Syllabus link: coming soon
  • Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

 

 

International and Comparative Librarianship [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in May 2015]

  • Description: Comparison of American and foreign library and information systems in terms of national and regional differences in philosophy, objectives, services, and information policies. Evaluation and comparison of collection policies, technical processes, public services, professional training, management, facilities and use of IT. Selected in-depth area studies. International cooperation and major projects in the information fields; contributions of international organizations. Extensive group and class discussion and individual research projects
  • Institution: Simmons College
  • Class Number: LIS 490
  • Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 3
  • Course tool: Moodel
  • Faculty: Claudia Morner
  • Start and End Date: 1/20/2015 – 5/4/2015 [course starts in late January and ends in early May]
  • Syllabus link: The syllabus is from Spring 2013. A current syllabus will be posted when available. http://www.wiseeducation.org/media/documents/2014/10/Morner_LIS490_SP2014.pdfView
  • Class Disclaimer: The class uses Moodlerooms and a wiki. There will be no formal lectures, but rather guided readings and active group and class discussions as well as written assignments that are shared with the whole class. The course is divided into 7 modules the first 6 of which are each 2 weeks in duration.
    Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

 

 

Library & Information Services for Patrons with Disabilities [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in May 2015]

  • Description: The purpose of the course is to increase the level of pre-service librarians’ understanding of the library and information needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Institution: Syracuse University
  • Class Number: IST 600
  • Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 3
  • Course tool: Blackboard
  • Faculty: Renee Hill
  • Start and End Date: 1/12/2015 – 4/8/2015
  • Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.

 

 

Social Informatics [cannot be taken by students completing their degrees in May 2015]

  • Description: Technological innovation, computerization and electronic information are associated with dilemmas, value conflicts and choices surrounding the scholarly, personal and professional use of information. Addresses social relationships, technological utopianism, social control, vulnerability of information systems, and ethical responsibilities.
  • Institution: Rutgers University
  • Class Number: 17:610:581
  • Total number of WISE seats available for students in all WISE institutions: 2
  • Course tool: eCollege
  • Faculty: Lilia Pavlovsky
  • Start and End Date: 1/20/2015 – 5/13/2015 [course starts in late January and ends in mid-May]
  • Syllabus link: coming soon
  • Class Disclaimer: Students agree to the course parameters of the host institution, including but not limited to: course management tools, grading, any required residencies, possible synchronous sessions, and academic calendars. Students are expected to meet deadlines as outlined in course syllabus and to contribute to class participation. Please allow 2-3 weeks for grade processing after the end date of the course. Check that this delay will not interfere with deadline dates at your school for graduation or financial aid.