Courses

Full list of SISLT Courses. Not all courses are offered each semester.

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1111 Information Use and Student Success (1)
In this course, students will learn to frame meaningful questions, gain knowledge and skills to succeed academically, understand the structure and content of information resources, evaluate information, and use information resources as genuine learning tools. NOTE: 1111 Information Use and Student Success replaces 1110 Library Research effective Spring 2008.
4310/7310 Designing Games for Learning (3)
Learn to design, develop, and test games, analyze video games, and create designs to convert existing digital games to games for learning. This course will help you develop an understanding of ways that games can provide meaningful experiences and learning. Course is conducted via asynchronous online activities and synchronous sessions that can be attended from a distance.
4310/7310 Grant Writing 101 (1)
This course is designed to help individuals become acquainted with the processes, strategies, and resources for writing winning grant proposals. Participants will be asked to create a short grant proposal as the culminating project of the course.
4310/7310 Introduction to JavaScript (1)
Learn the basics of writing JavaScript. This is a good introductory course to prepare for 4356/7356 Interactive Web Design with Javascript if you don’t have prior JavaScript experience.
4310/7310 Makerspace & 3D Printing (2)
This course will explore the emerging maker movement and do-it-yourself (DIY) culture on several levels. Through designing, creating, reading and discussing you will explore the culture of the maker movement, its impact on different industries and on self-directed and experiential learning. You will have the chance to actively participate in making through prototyping with CAD design and 3D printing.
4356/7356 Interactive Web Design with Javascript (3)
(cross-leveled with IS_LT 4356). The purpose of this course is to provide students with opportunities to explore, use, and synthesize various JavaScript frameworks, user interface and visualization libraries, and plugins while creating interactive user experiences with html5, JavaScript animation, and mobile platforms. The course will cover topics like interactive photo galleries, mobile Web design, animation, user interactivity, jQuery, and development environments. Prerequisites: IS_LT 4370 or IS_LT 7370.
4360/7360 Introduction to Web Development (3)
Basic web design and HTML. Covers file transfer and UNIX/LINUX servers management. Develops understanding of web graphic formats. Emphasizes user interface, navigation, and instructional design in building web sites. Graded on A–F basis only.
4361/7361 Introduction to Digital Media (3)
(cross-leveled with IS_LT 4361). Hands-on approach to multimedia production techniques. Develops understanding of technical and conceptual tools for the basics of digital media, video editing, still image and audio file manipulation. Students create web portfolio to present their digital products. Graded on A–F basis only.
4370/7370 Intermediate Web Development (3)
Development of design and web authoring skills. Interactivity through use of cgi scripts and javascript. Design capabilities using Style Sheets. Gain expertise required for the production of HTML documents incorporating these advanced techniques. Prerequisites: IS_LT 4360, IS_LT 7360, or instructor’s consent.
4375/7375 Mobile Web App Development (3)
Course provides students with knowledge for creating a mobile app with basic functions using HTML5, Javascript, and CSS3. Content covers both design and development phases. Students will produce a mobile app that can be locally operated via a mobile device.
4310/7310 Exploring Schoology (1)
This course will prepare you to work within the Schoology Learning Management System (LMS) to set up and manage an online course. As a student in the course, you will investigate and manipulate components of Schoology from an instructor’s perspective. Graded on A–F basis only
4372/7372 Exploring Blackboard (1)
This course will prepare you to work within the Blackboard Learning Management System (LMS) to set up and manage an online course. As a student in the course, you will investigate and manipulate components of Blackboard from an instructor’s perspective. Graded on A–F basis only.
4373/7373 Exploring Moodle (1)
This course will prepare you to work within the Moodle Learning Management System (LMS) to set up and manage an online course. As a student in this course, you will investigate and manipulate components of Moodle from an instructor’s perspective. Graded on A–F basis only.
4374/7374 Exploring Canvas (1)
This course will prepare you to work within the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to set up and manage an online course. As a student in this course you will investigate and manipulate components of Canvas from an instructor’s perspective. Graded on A–F basis only.
4383/7383: Rapid Development Tools for Online Learning (3)
Learn the concepts of rapid prototyping to quickly design instruction or training using an iterative process, as well as how to leverage Adobe Captivate to rapidly produce these eLearning modules. Course is conducted via asynchronous online activities and synchronous sessions that can be attended from a distance.
4467 Technology to Enhance Learning (3)
This course is designed for undergraduates in the teacher education program. Emphasis is placed on strategies for integrating technology into the teaching and learning process, with a focus on enhancing how students think rather than what they think. Special attention given to supporting higher order thinking and problem solving with technology. Graded on A–F basis only. Prerequisites: Consent required (students must be admitted to College of Education’s Teacher Education program).
9467 Technology to Enhance Learning (3)
Strategies for integrating technology into the teaching and learning process, with a focus on enhancing how students think rather than what they think. Special attention given to supporting higher order thinking and problem solving with technology.
7301 Introduction to Information Technology (3)
The nature of information and information transfer in the institutional setting; covers the culture of information in society, standards for information processing and transfer, and networking in communications perspectives of information providing agencies.
7302 Organization of Information (3)
An overview of the research that addresses information-seeking behavior and the history, background, and development of catalogs and indexes.
7305 Foundations of Library and Information Science (1)
An introduction to the background, contexts, organizations, issues, ethics, values, and terms of information science, the information professions, and the library as an idea, space, institution, and repository of the cultural record.
7310/9410 Seminar in Information Science & Learning Technologies (1–3)
Discussion and critical study of current developments in information science and learning technologies.
7312 Principles of Cataloging and Classification (3)
Theory and practice of cataloging and classification of library materials using current standards and tools. Principles, developments, and trends in cataloging and access to library data. Prerequisites: IS_LT 7305.
7313 Collection and Access Management (3)
Selection of materials for libraries and information agencies, policies for collection management, freedom and diversity of information, access to information and evaluation of collections and access.
7314 Reference Sources and Services (3)
General reference sources with emphasis on print sources. principles, developments and trends in reference services and reference service organization.
7315 Management of Information Agencies (3)
Concepts of management applied to libraries and information systems; management tools, programming, models and simulation in an environment of an information producing or disseminating agency.
7320 Emerging Technologies (3)
A critical examination of web technologies, devices, standards, and structures to promote access to information, social interaction, and communication. Focus on new and emerging software, resources, and communication, including discovery, mastery, and implementation.
7334 Library Information Systems (3)
Focuses on the automated library systems marketplace. Covers integrated online library systems from the systems, functional and user perspective. Includes management approaches for procurement and operation of such systems.
7366 Technology Leadership (3)
Develop skills, knowledge, and values needed to provide leadership in schools. Analyzes characteristics of effective leaders, focusing on staff development. Explores technology and school reform, technology integration, and current issues. Online. Graded on A–F basis only.
7368 Technology Across the Curriculum (3)
The emphasis in this course is on using technologies to enhance and support student collaboration and learning in K–12 classrooms. Prerequisites: admission to the Teaching Fellowship Program.
7378 Electronic Portfolio Development (3)
Prerequisites: instructor’s consent.
7380 School Library Practicum (1–3)
Directed, project-based experience in school libraries. Prerequisites: admission to MA, initial certification or 24 completed LIS credit hours taken at MU; instructor’s consent.
7381 Practicum in Information Agencies (1–3)
Provides a supervised work experience for master’s degree students in a public, academic, or special library. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: IS_LT 7301, IS_LT 7302 or IS_LT 7312, IS_LT 7314, IS_LT 7315.
9085 Problems in Information Science & Learning Technologies (1–9)
Independent, directed study on a topic in the areas of information science and learning technologies. Prerequisites: departmental consent.
9090 Research in Information Science & Learning Technologies (1–9)
Dissertation research. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: Doctoral Committee Chair’s consent.
9404 School Library Administration (3)
Emphasizes school library administration: program development, implementation, evaluation; planning cycle; budget process; services for diverse school constituencies. Effects of national, state, district guidelines, standards and policies on library media programs.
9406 Curriculum & the School Library (3)
Focuses on the library media specialist as teacher and instructional partner. Emphasizes negotiating instructional partnerships, integrating information problem-solving models into the curriculum, curriculum mapping, and resource-based learning models.
9407 Intellectual Freedom and its Discontents (3)
The course examines principles and contradictions of intellectual freedom and their relation to librarianship. The nature of free speech, the First Amendment, sources of censorship, and professional disputes about intellectual freedom practice in libraries will be important topics.
9408 Information Policy (3)
Examination of the roles of private and public sectors in information policy formation. Includes consideration of social, economic, political and technological issues.
9409 Seminar in Digital Libraries (3)
This course is a project-based learning environment that combines Instructor-prepared content, group-based student projects, and threaded asynchronous discussions on selected topics relating to the design, development, and implementation of practical digital libraries. Research directives within the broad domain of digital library development are also covered.
9410 LIS COURSES
  • 9410 Archival Systems and Records Management
  • 9410 Community Leadership
  • 9410 Budgeting in Libraries
  • 9410 Diversity, Leadership, and Libraries
  • 9410 Public Library Administration
  • 9410 GIS and Libraries
  • 9410 Archival Practice
  • 9410 Sociocultural Aspects of Literacy
  • 9410 Gender Construction in Children’s and Adolescent Literature and Media
9410 Community Leadership (3)
In this service-learning course, students will work outside of a library to listen and learn from outside agencies, developing a holistic conception of community-centered libraries.
9410 Budgeting in Libraries (3)
Budgeting in Libraries covers topics including basic budgeting principles, the legal context, sources of income, standards, developing budgets, types of budgets, fund accounting, cost concepts, cash and accrual methods, internal controls and communication of the budget.
9410 Diversity, Leadership, and Libraries (3)
Leadership to promote employment and organizational diversity within the LIS professions in the U.S. This course includes management and diversity theories, discussions of workplace climate, and discussions of discrimination and hostility issues.
9410 Public Library Administration (3)
Delves into administrative functions, including human resources, budgeting, problem-solving and decision-making in the context of public libraries.
9410 GIS and Libraries (3)
Geographic information systems help organize geographic data with additional information that we can use to make decisions about locations. This class will introduce GIS systems such as ArcGIS and QGIS, along with mapping systems such as CartoDB and Tableau, for presenting data, decision-making, and research.
9410 Archival Practice (3)
Students will address evidence, memory, and power dynamics while defining the archival profession, principles, and core archival knowledge guiding professional practice. Explore the archival profession through original research centered on the social responsibilities of archivists. First of three courses in the Data & Archival Studies specialization.
9410 Appraisal & Archival Systems (3)
Students articulate the core archival activity of appraisal through discussion of appraisal theory, documentation strategies, and micro-appraisal applications. Learn strategies for collection preservation and access using ArchivesSpace, and relate the records continuum and lifecycle theories to the archival mission. Second of three courses in the Data & Archival Studies specialization.
9410 Data & Records Management (3)
Examine societal recordkeeping and professional work to identify, manage, preserve, and provide access to multimedia information for evidential, legal, leisure, and informational purposes. Study trust and transparency in records, and apply archival ethics to data management practice through project-based learning. Third of three courses in the Data & Archival Studies specialization.
9411 Doctoral Seminar in Information Science & Learning Technologies (1 or 3)
1–credit 9411 — Develop professional and doctoral research skills. Offered every fall and spring semesters for doctoral students who have not yet completed comprehensive exams.
3–credit 9411 — Discussion, critical study, analysis and writing about and on current developments in information sciences and learning technologies. See list and rotation of course/topics.
9412 Information Storage and Retrieval (3)
Introduces students to concepts and terminology associated with the storage and retrieval of bibliographic information. Emphasizes design of applied database management systems.
9413 Electronic Resource Management (3)
This course explores electronic resources (primarily subscription journals and databases) in terms of products, pricing, in-house management of resources, both technical and organizational, licensing, configuring databases and organizing websites for the end user, statistical reporting, and future trends.
9417 Action Research (3)
Study of concepts associated with action research; and the processes and procedures for conducting action research. Culminating project is the development of an action research project. Prerequisites: 12 credit hours completed prior to enrolling.
9419 American Library History (3)
Students in this course will learn about the history of libraries in America, reading about and analyzing the political, cultural, and social roles of particular libraries and the library as in institution.
9420 Scholarly Communications (3)
Provides an understanding of how and why information is produced, stored and communicated in various intellectual disciplines. Students evaluate examples of these activities in specific disciplines.
9421 Usability of Information Systems and Services (3)
Introduction to concepts and methods of usability testing and research and user-centered design strategy. Course takes a process approach to define target audiences and usability problems, create and administer investigative procedures, analyze results, and report findings effectively.
9423 Ethics and Information (3)
This course introduces basic concepts of ethics and focuses on applying ethical norms to the production, dissemination, and use of information. The information services offered by libraries are also examined within the context of ethics.
9427 Social Constructs of Information (3)
This course focuses on information as it is used, and defined, by society. The primary lens, or theoretical background, used in this investigation is the notion of “cultural hegemony,” proposed by Antonio Gramsci. We will study the complex relationship between information and society, looking at how each is a reflection and shaper of the other. The relationship of libraries and other information agencies to the state, and the role of information professionals in the political and cultural spheres are central themes in the course.
9428 History of Books and Media (3)
Examines the history and philosophy of books and media from the beginnings of writing to the Internet, emphasizing the effects of changes in communication and information technologies. The focus is on the social, cultural, intellectual, scientific, and religious impacts of shifts in the media for preserving and transmitting information.
9429 Metadata
Explores principles, standards, and schema for metadata in diverse online environments to facilitate information retrieval and use.
9431 Children’s Library Materials (3)
Evaluation and selection of materials for children birth-age 13 (Grade 6). Early literacy, emergent readers, reader response theory; social, cultural contexts of readers and reading, trends in publishing.
9432 Online Searching (3)
Search strategies and techniques for commercial online databases. The course first covers the basic concepts of online information retrieval and then focuses on selection and online searching in the most prominent social science, science, humanities, and numerical databases. Prerequisites: IS_LT 4301 or IS_LT 7301 and IS_LT 4314 OR IS_LT 7314.
9433 Youth Services in Libraries (3)
Examines physical, mental, and emotional development of youth birth through high school. Emphasis on community analysis, outreach services, program design and techniques. Graded on A–F basis only.
9434 Teen Library Materials (3)
Evaluation, selection of print, alternate formats for teens, 13–18 (Grades 7–12). Personal, social, popular culture contexts of teen readers and texts; emphasizes reader response; challenges common assumptions about teens and reading.
9435 Adult Services in Libraries (3)
Library services to adults, including special populations. Emphasis on information needs of adults, organization and management of adult services.
9437 Readers Advisory Services (3)
Examination of value and role of leisure reading and leisure reading materials. Coverage of reader advisory techniques, support processes, and resources for providing reader advisory services to various audiences. Graded on A–F basis only.
9438 Marketing and Libraries (3)
This course provides an introduction to marketing — concepts, planning, strategies and evaluation — as related to libraries and information agencies.
9439 Digital Humanities and Information (3)
This course on history, philosophy, and methods in the emerging field of ‘digital humanities’ focuses on topics at the nexus of information, the humanities disciplines, technology, and culture, as well as the contexts of the academy, libraries/archives, museums, and media.
9440 Learning with the Internet (3)
Explores the potential of the Internet to support inquiry-based learning through collaborative activities, research, and authoring/publishing. Investigates goals and methods of online learning. Examines learning theories and models of teaching/learning in relation to selected Internet activities for K–12, undergraduate students and learners in other fields outside education (e.g., work placed learning, non-formal learning).
9443 The Academic Library (3)
Development, objectives, organization and structure, nature of the collections and responsibility for their development, philosophy of library services, measurement and standards of library effectiveness.
9444 The Public Library (3)
An overview of public library history, missions, and societal roles. Includes public library funding, organization, and management.
9445 Special Libraries and Information Centers (3)
Goals of special librarianship including information provision, management styles. Library functions as performed in special libraries. Contributions of special libraries, such as information analysis centers, information brokering, and accountability for and evaluation of services.
9446 International and Comparative Librarianship (3)
International libraries, intercultural information concerns, how information agencies differ between nations and global information issues. Course presents various countries, their information infrastructures and the influence of information and communication technologies.
9449 Services for Business Communities and Entrepreneurs (3)
The course covers the introduction to and application of basic concepts of business information in academic, public and special library environments, and the information searching techniques used for specific business information needs (finding company information, industry information, investment information, statistical information, marketing information, etc.) Course includes service to entrepreneurs. Content covers company, investment, industry, statistical and marketing information and includes use of GIS systems.
9450 Introduction to Research in Information Science & Learning Technologies (3)
Research methods and ethics of research in the social sciences, focusing on the information professions and learning technologies.
9452 Information Literacy and Instruction (3)
This course is designed to prepare Library Science students/Information professionals for the variety of teaching situations they will encounter in library and information agency settings. Students will consider learning theory applicable to library instruction, learning styles, teaching methods, and appropriate evaluation of library instruction. Students will also learn strategies for incorporating library instruction into the institutional curriculum
9453 Planning and Evaluation of Information Services (3)
The course focuses on the complexity of the planning process in libraries and other information agencies, including the influence of external environments (upper administrations, user communities, information producers) on planning. Internal elements of the organization (staffing, services, finances) are discussed, as are external elements (requirements of a parent organization, legal constraints, etc.). The role of evaluation of personnel, budgets, facilities, access to information, and services is integrated into the process of providing service.
9454 Copyright in Libraries (3)
This practical course introduces the foundations of copyright, fair use, e-reserves, laws including the DMCA and TEACH, to prepare you for managing copyright issues in public and school environments.
9455 Formative and Summative Evaluation (3)
Study of the process of gathering data and making judgments about the effectiveness of instructional programs that uses technology. Covers techniques of a formative evaluation process to revise instruction. Culminating project is planning and conducting a portion of a summative evaluation of instructional program.
9456 Designing Computer Support for Collaborative Learning (3)
Students will examine the theoretical bases for using collaboration and social interaction as methods for learning, and learn key methods and approaches for designing computer supported collaborative learning. Graded A–F only.
9457 Designing Computer Support for Cooperative Work (3)
Study of the tools and methods of groupware and communities of practice, including their psychological, social and organizational effects. Students focus on designing and developing improved tools and methods. Graded on A–F basis only.
9458 Technology and Assessment (3)
Learn how to assess specific types of knowledge, using technology to enhance the process. Explore innovative tools and means of assessment that help teachers individualize and differentiate instruction to improve learning. Develop technology-enhanced assessment of student learning. Graded on A–F basis only.
9461 Interaction Design (3)
Students will learn the basic concepts of interaction design, then focus on usability engineering and prototyping principles to support the design process for learning and performance based technologies.
9466 Learning Analytics (3)
Learning Analytics (LAK) addresses the questions of how people learn together and how computers can participate with and augment that learning. LAK researchers address the socio-technical aspects of how technology mediates learning practices.
9471 Instructional Systems Design (3)
Development of skills and knowledge related to the systematic design of instruction. Emphasis is placed on content analysis, instructional strategies, and formative evaluation. Prerequisites: course in Curriculum or Instruction or instructor’s consent.
9473 Project Management (3)
This course introduces the learner to the necessary and practical project management concepts and skills that lead to reductions in project cycle time while maintaining control over budget, resources, risk, and delivered value. This course proposes to integrate practical project management skills within the project management lifecycle (i.e., initiating, planning, executing, controlling, and closing).
9474 Front End Analysis of Systems (3)
Develop skills for systematically analyzing learning, or other types of systems, that need to be improved. Develop data collection instruments (e.g. surveys, observation protocols, interviews); analyze secondary data; analyze tasks or activities in the system, and interpret data to make recommendations for system improvement. Skills will be learned by doing and applying to real systems that need improvement.
9480 Internship in Information Science and Learning Technologies (1–9)
Provides internship experience under supervision in advanced levels of practical experience in Information Science and Learning Technology Research and Teaching. Graded on S/U basis only. Prerequisites: School director’s consent.
9483 Capstone: Online Educator Focus Area (1)
Culminating course for Online Educator focus in Educational Technology graduate degree. Design/develop/evaluate an online course or rework existing course. Analyze evaluation data from two external reviewers (novice/expert). Write paper describing results and modifications. To be taken during last semester of student’s program. Graded on S/U basis only.
9484 Teaching Online Courses (3)
Examines emerging issues in teaching and learning online; instructor and student roles; instructional strategies for supporting diverse learners; methods of student assessment; online communication; classroom management; characteristics of online learning management systems.
9485 Designing Online Learning (3)
Students will practice designing online lessons for meaningful learning outcomes such as knowledge construction, building models, knowledge transmission, and community building and working collaboratively. Prerequisite: IS_LT 9471 (or taken concurrently with 9485).