LIBR 298-04
LIBR 298-13
Special Studies
Topic: Virtually Abroad
Fall 2013 Greensheet

Dr. Paul M. Christensen
Home Phone: 360-297-2965
Office location: Virtual, Indianola, WA
Office Hours: Via e-mail, Blackboard Collaborate, Skype or telephone. 

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Mission of the School The School of Library and Information Science(SLIS) at San Jose State University educates professionals and develops leaders who organize, manage and enable the effective use of information and ideas in order to contribute to the well-being of our communities.

Getting Started: This course will be available beginning August 21, 2013. The instructor will enroll you in his personal website from your official enrollment on my.sjsu. We will not use D2L during this class. 


Welcome to Virtually Abroad. I am please that you have decided to enroll. I hope that you will enjoy the educational experience and ponder some of the challenges of international librarianship.

Instruction Begins: August 21, 2013
Labor Day:  September 2, 2103
Veteran's Day:  November 11, 2013
Thanksgiving Holiday:  November 28-29, 2013
Instruction Ends:  December 9, 2013

Course Description

Virtually Abroad is a field based learning experience that takes place virtually in a library or other information based organization.  It allows the student to obtain work experience in an international environment. It is designed to provide the student the opportunity to test theories and to practice skills learned in the student's program.  Students will work one-on-one with their international contact and the course instructor.

Course Requirements

The student is required to personally work with the instructor in identifying an appropriate international based project in conjunction with an international contact.

  • Virtually Abroad log: The student will maintain an on-going record of his/her activities for the project. The log will be updated at least weekly during the semester. The instructor will have access to the log and the ability to make regular comments to the log. Further details are available on the course website.
  • Final Report: A final minimum 2 page paper is required detailing the project and its completion followed by a personal evaluation of the experience. Further details are available on the course website.
  • Additional Requirements: The student may be required to submit supplemental materials such as their complete log, bibliographies or reading lists, portfolios or samples of professional work to demostrate achievment of their learning outcomes.


  1. Identification, development and completion of agreed upon project. (Supports SLOs 1, 3, 5, 7, 8)
  2. Virtually abroad log. (Suppports SLOs 1, 3, 5)
  3. Final report. (Supports SLOs 1, 5)

Class Website
The class website is at This website contains a course overview, assignments, links, readings and tools you will need to complete the course.

Course Calendar
The Virtually Abroad course must be completed within the semester the student has registered for LIBR 298. With prior approval, a student may begin the course prior to the beginning of the semester. Students are expected to do some work on the course every week of the term and are not permitmitted to end their course early. 

The Virtually Abroad final report is due on or before December 9, 2013.

Course Grading
This is a Credit/No-credit course. No extra credit options are available.  

There is no textbook for the course. Supplementary readings are available to assist the student with project development.

Course Workload Expectations

Success in this course is based on the expectation that students will spend, for each unit of credit, a minimum of forty-five hours over the length of the course (normally 3 hours per unit per week with 1 of the hours used for lecture) for instruction or preparation/studying or course related activities including but not limited to internships, labs, clinical practica. Other course structures will have equivalent workload expectations as described in the syllabus.

Instructional time may include but is not limited to:
Working on posted modules or lessons prepared by the instructor; discussion forum interactions with the instructor and/or other students; making presentations and getting feedback from the instructor; attending office hours or other synchronous sessions with the instructor.

Student time outside of class:
In any seven-day period, a student is expected to be academically engaged through submitting an academic assignment; taking an exam or an interactive tutorial, or computer-assisted instruction; building websites, blogs, databases, social media presentations; attending a study group;contributing to an academic online discussion; writing papers; reading articles; conducting research; engaging in small group work.

Course Prerequisites

LIBR 200, LIBR 202, LIBR 204, Other courses depending on research or project topic and goals

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the course, students will be able to:

  1. Identify theory and principles of successful online education and/or professional development courses.
  2. Select and organize resources as it relates to topics for The Emerging Future: Technology Issues and Trends fall 2014 MOOC into a format which information is indexed and therefore searchable and able to be retrieved.
  3. Design virtual badges, which will be given to MOOC participants upon successful completion of assignments. These badges can be exported to resumes, blogs or email signatures.
  4. Develop effective strategies for leading successful online/virtual discussions.
  5. Define and discuss techniques for providing appropriate feedback on MOOC participant assignments.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

LIBR 298 supports the following core competencies:

  1. H Demonstrate proficiency in identifying, using, and evaluating current and emerging information and communication technologies.
  2. K Design instructional programs based on learning principles and theories.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional collaboration and presentations.


No Textbooks For This Course.


This is a Credit/No Credit course. Incompletes are considered on a case-by-case basis, and are given for family or work emergency situations.

University Policies

General Expectations, Rights and Responsibilities of the Student

As members of the academic community, students accept both the rights and responsibilities incumbent upon all members of the institution. Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SJSU's policies and practices pertaining to the procedures to follow if and when questions or concerns about a class arises. See University Policy S90-5 at More detailed information on a variety of related topics is available in the SJSU catalog at In general, it is recommended that students begin by seeking clarification or discussing concerns with their instructor. If such conversation is not possible, or if it does not serve to address the issue, it is recommended that the student contact the Department Chair as a next step.

Dropping and Adding

Students are responsible for understanding the policies and procedures about add/drop, grade forgiveness, etc. Refer to the current semester's Catalog Policies section at Add/drop deadlines can be found on the current academic year calendars document on the Academic Calendars webpage at The Late Drop Policy is available at Students should be aware of the current deadlines and penalties for dropping classes.

Information about the latest changes and news is available at the Advising Hub at

Consent for Recording of Class and Public Sharing of Instructor Material

University Policy S12-7,, requires students to obtain instructor's permission to record the course and the following items to be included in the syllabus:

  • "Common courtesy and professional behavior dictate that you notify someone when you are recording him/her. You must obtain the instructor's permission to make audio or video recordings in this class. Such permission allows the recordings to be used for your private, study purposes only. The recordings are the intellectual property of the instructor; you have not been given any rights to reproduce or distribute the material."
    • It is suggested that the syllabus include the instructor's process for granting permission, whether in writing or orally and whether for the whole semester or on a class by class basis.
    • In classes where active participation of students or guests may be on the recording, permission of those students or guests should be obtained as well.
  • "Course material developed by the instructor is the intellectual property of the instructor and cannot be shared publicly without his/her approval. You may not publicly share or upload instructor generated material for this course such as exam questions, lecture notes, or homework solutions without instructor consent."

Academic integrity

Your commitment, as a student, to learning is evidenced by your enrollment at San Jose State University. The University Academic Integrity Policy F15-7 at requires you to be honest in all your academic course work. Faculty members are required to report all infractions to the office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development. The Student Conduct and Ethical Development website is available at

Campus Policy in Compliance with the American Disabilities Act

If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, or if you need to make special arrangements in case the building must be evacuated, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible, or see me during office hours. Presidential Directive 97-03 at requires that students with disabilities requesting accommodations must register with the Accessible Education Center (AEC) at to establish a record of their disability.

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