Tags: eCOLLAB, Friday Finds, Professional Development
One powerful benefit of AASL membership is free 24/7 access to eCOLLAB, your eLearning Laboratory! which located in the Online Learning & Continuing Education section of the AASL website at http://www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab. Non-members can also utilize this rich repository of wide-ranging professional development resources through a paid subscription to this site.
The eCOLLAB main page reveals three types of resources – webcasts, podcasts, and an online version of KNOWLEDGE QUEST. The webcast section contains an extensive library of in-depth presentations on major topics of interest to the professional librarian. Program evaluation, library design, creative programing, addressing the Common Core, saving school libraries are just some of the issues covered in webcasts gathered from past conferences, online training, and Knowledge Quest presentations. Handouts are available for most of the webcasts, extending the learning and offering additional resources on the topics.
For quick professional development for the busy librarian, check out the podcast section of eCOLLAB. Produced primarily as reflections on a number of KNOWLEDGE QUEST and School Library Month themes, leaders in the profession share their thoughts on school library topics.
The most recent issue of KNOWLEDGE QUEST is also accessible in a read-only format on eCOLLAB. A link on this page leads to a compilation of webinars and podcasts based specifically on past KNOWLEDGE QUEST themes.
Learners can also search eCOLLAB by topic of interest or by past events, such as national conferences, Fall Forums, and Learning4Life webinars. Members unable to attend AASL’s 16th National Conference and Exhibition in Hartford, CT, last fall can still take advantage of the presentations and handouts from the IDEAxCHANGE concurrent sessions, and the Unconference and enhance their professional learning.
eCOLLAB offers one-stop professional development shopping, brought to members and subscribers by top library leaders and thinkers. Spend some time exploring this exciting collection of resources and comment on your experience. What catches your attention in this eLearning Laboratory?