Q: Will any of these trainings be offered in-person?
A: Maybe? Definitely not until next spring. We’ll keep you posted.
Q: Will the Youth Development and Educational Equity trainings be offered online?
A: Yes…eventually. These ones will most likely be shorter than the Connected Learning and Computational Thinking modules, and we may be able to offer them as one-off training opportunities. But we haven’t seen the online versions yet, so we really don’t know how they will work. We’ll keep you posted.
Q: Are these trainings for public library staff or school library staff?
Q: Why are there only 15 spots available for each cohort?
A: This material is best learned through dialog and participation. We will be using discussion boards and other virtual tools to connect with each other. If the class size is too large, learning outcomes will be diminished.
Q: Why are the August and September cohorts divided geographically?
A: Treasure Valley library staff had several chances to attend Transforming Teen Services trainings last fall and winter. We had planned on doing trainings in Rexburg, Coeur d’Alene, and Lewiston in April, but had to cancel due to COVID-19. We want to make sure that library staff in eastern and northern Idaho have the chance to participate in a training. Dividing the cohorts regionally is a way to make sure that these areas have access to the training and also fosters networking with libraries that serve similar communities. Update: In order to fill the cohorts, we are opening the August and September cohorts up to state-wide registration.
Q: I can’t make any of the virtual chats – can I still register?
A: The virtual chats are a crucial component of learning the material and participation is mandatory. If you can’t make the chats, please leave the registration slot for someone who can attend. Contact Jennifer (firstname.lastname@example.org) to let us know about possible scheduling conflicts – we can try to work around them for future trainings.
Q: So how do the trainings actually work? What platform are you using?
A: We are using Canvas to host the trainings – it is an online classroom platform, similar to Blackboard. About a week before each class begins, registrants will be given a link to sign up for an account with Canvas. Each Monday, new course material will be released to participants. This will be a combination of readings, videos, and a few worksheets. There will also be a few digital tools that we will use to facilitate learning: discussion boards in Canvas, Padlet, and Flipgrid. There will be clear instructions on how to use each tool. Over the course of four weeks, participants will be expected to read/watch new material each week, respond to prompts on the discussion board, interact with each other on the discussion board and using digital tools, and participate in two online chat sessions in Zoom