INFO 260A-10
Programming and Services for Children
Spring 2017 Syllabus

Professor Beth Wrenn-Estes, Lecturer
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Cell Phone – 510-410-1959
Office Hours: By Appointment


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Textbooks
CLOs
Competencies
Prerequisites
Weekly Outlines
Points Allocation Table
Discussion Threads

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THE CANVAS SITE AND COURSE SYLLABUS

Canvas Information: Courses will be available beginning January 26th, 6am PT unless you are taking an intensive or a one unit or two-unit class that starts on a different day. In that case the class will open on the first day that the class meets.

You will be enrolled into the Canvas site automatically.

Course Description

This course examines the importance of programming for children, including parent education programs, story hours, outreach techniques, services with schools, summer reading programs, and program series such as weekly or monthly programs on Manga, knitting, book discussions, or homework help.

Course Requirements

Students must review the Syllabus and the Canvas course site throughly.

These two important information sources (Syllabus and Canvas Course) site work in tandem to give students directions, requirements and information needed to be successful in Children’s Programming and Services. You need to understand both.

  • Each student is expected to check the CANVAS site at least once per day for course updates, additional resources, announcements, and other new information that may be posted by the instructor.

  • The student should read the Syllabus carefully and then visit the website and read through everything that is there. Compile questions or clarifications that you need ask and post to Questions and Answers Discussion Thread.

  • The instructor makes every effort to proofread the information in both the syllabus and the Canvas course website. However, errors may occur.

  • Questions should be posted to the instructor through the Concerns and Questions discussion tread on the Canvas site.

Why Group Work?
I am a believer in the value of working in groups in my classes. Every job in youth services will involve working with groups of people some of whom you will know well and others that you won’t know well at all.

How well you work in a group or a team is determined by your understanding of group dynamics compounded by the fact that you are working in a distance education program where staying connected to one another and to me as your instructor is critical to success.

Just as in life when you work in a group or "being on a team” you will have weak members of the group/team and you will have strong group members (leaders) of the group/team. I expect each group member work to their fullest capacity on all group assignments.

I will ask from time to time throughout the semester how things are going in each group and I will require outlines on group work that show what each person has been assigned for project/assignment. 

I expect that as librarians or “librarians to be” that you have high ethical standards and that you will participate fully in the group work process, including but not limited to, collaborating with your group mates, researching your given part of the assignment and completing evaluations when asked to.


E-mail Subject Lines/Naming of Assignment Files – Mandatory

  • Format for subject line for all email correspondence
    INFO 260A_10_YOUR LAST NAME
  • Format the file name for all assignments:
    INFO 260A_10_YOUR LAST NAME_KEYWORD OF ASSIGNMENT TITLE

Official iSchool Email Policy:

  •  Instructor will respond to student emails within 24-hours of receipt. The instructor will inform the class if a longer response time is needed (instructor out of town, illness, etc.).
  • Students are expected to promptly answer emails from the instructor and fellow students.

Blackboard IM
Students MUST sign up for Blackboard IM (BbIM). The iSchool will send out information on how to sign up. Blackboard IM is an excellent way for the class to stay in touch with one another and with the Instructor.

Crisis or Emergency:

  • Please CALL, TEXT or EMAIL the instructor (in advance if at all possible) if a situation will prevent you from completing assignments or another class activity. You will receive a zero for any course work missed unless you have received permission from the instructor for an extension. Most extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only and not for being overwhelmed at work (for example).
  •  The instructor reserves the right to deduct points (the number of points is determined by the instructor) for any work not submitted on time or lack of participation in any class activities or assignment.

Course Calendar - Subject to change with fair notice.

Technology Requirements:You will need a high-speed connection (DSL, cable, etc.) to successfully participate in this class.

Grading/Grading Rubric:

  • The instructor uses the rubric inside the Canvas Speedgrader. The instructor grades assignments as quickly as possible but it may take up to three weeks to get an assignment completely graded and returned to the class if class size is large and the instructor has additional classes to teach during the semester.
  • The instructor will post grading updates on the announcements page to let students know where in the grading process of a certain assignment the instructor is.

Grading: – see scale below
Rounding – The instructor does not round points up to the next whole number. If you receive an 89.6 you will get the grade equivalent for those points.

Assignments/Points/Due Dates
There will be detailed description of assignments, additional resources to read, watch and listen to and other pertinent information that you need to be successful in this class. Each weeklly module will include everything you need to do. 

WEEKLY OUTLINES – Modules

  • Please read through the entire Canvas course site when it opens on January 26th.
  • Weekly outlines (appear on Canvas Course Site) will have more descriptive content than indicated on the Syllabus including but not limited to links for discussion threads, assignments and overviews/lectures, articles to read, websites to read, URL to readings or links to PDF’s on the course site, detailed descriptions of assignments and lectures and videos to watch.

Assignments Points Due Dates
Lecture/Guest Speaker 5 pts Mandatory Collaborate Session (synchronous) – Wednesday, February 15 (Week 4) – 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Pacific Reflection papers due on Friday, Februrary 17th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 4)  
Group Presentations
(Collaborate Presentation –asynchronous)
8pts (presentation) 2pts (evaluations) Large Groups will work together and record a presentation using Blackboard Collaborate (asynchronous) or another tool that all students can individually view and evaluate assignment from. NOTE: Students will sign up for group when course site opens.URL Due by Friday, March 10th (Week 6). A discussion thread will be provided to post URL’s.

Students will evaluate groups assigned by the instructor. Evaluations will be due Tuesday, March 14th 11:59 p.m. Pacific.
 
Children’s Area Design
(Group Assignment)
15 pts Due Date Friday, March 24th (Week 9) by 11:59 p.m. Pacific. The assignment has multiple parts. Note: Students will sign up for groups when course site opens.  
Lecture/Guest Speaker 5 pts Mandatory Collaborate Session (synchronous) – Wednesday, April 12th (Week 12) – 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Pacific

Reflections are due on Friday, April 14th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 12)
 
Story Hour (Story Reading) Performance (asynchronous) 15 points for story reading performance 5 points for evaluations URL’s must be posted to the appropriate discussion thread by Friday, April 21st 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 13)

The instructor will give each student certain story time videos to evaluate. Evaluations are due to the student performer and the instructor by 11:%9 p.m. Pacific Friday, April 28th (Week 14)
 
12 Month Programming Plan (Blog and Small Group Composition) 30 pts Small Groups will work together and record a presentation using Blackboard Collaborate (asynchronous) or another tool that all students can individually view and evaluate assignment from. NOTE: Students will sign up for group when course site opens.

URL'S must be posted to the appropriate discussion thread by Friday, May 12th at 11:59 p.m. Pacific (Week 16)
 
Discussion Forums/Auxiliary Assignments 15 pts See Discussion Threads schedule for topics and points when course site opens.     
TOTAL 100    
  • The instructor reserves the right to deduct points for any assignment not turned in on time.
  • Collaborate sessions are MANDATORY to attend. If you miss a Collaborate session you will lose all points for not attending (but see extensions for extenuating circumstances above)
  • Groups – students will sign up for groups when the Canvas site opens.
  • Each assignment will have the Course Learning Objectives and the Competencies indicated on the detailed assignment descriptions.

CONTENT ACCESSIBILITY:All assignments, overviews and lectures, will be provided in written form and in audio and video formats. 

DISCUSSION THREADS – Instructor’s Role

  • The instructor will act as a facilitator for the threads. Instructor may comment from time-to-time but the discussions are student driven.
  • The instructor will include questions or prompts with each book discussion thread to get the conversation going but students are charged with keeping the discussion going throughout the week.

Discussion Posts

  •  Do not post before the opening date of the thread.
  • The discussion thread dates, topics and point values will be on the Canvas site when it opens.
  • For the introduction and reflection threads you will only post one substantial post and one response to a fellow classmate. For the last post – the reflection post one substantial post and two responses. For the other threads students post one substantial post on Tuesday and another substantial post on Thursday of each week and two posts to classmates before Sunday at 11 p.m. pacific. All students are asked to check the site and read any new posts everyday including Sunday.
  •  Full points will be awarded to students who write in-depth insights and opinions about the weekly topic and meet the required number of posts each thread.
  • If students do not post the required number of posts or do not include the level of detail in the substantial posts points will be deducted. For the introduction thread the substantial post is worth 75 and the response to classmate .25. Reflection thread post is worth 1.50 and the responses 25 each.  All other posts the substantial posts are worth 1.75 points each and the responses to classmates are worth .25 each.
  • Doing more than the minimum number of posts is greatly encouraged by the instructor – shows initiative and interest in the topics being discussed on a higher level. No points are lost for not posting more than the minimum.

General Writing Standards- ALL ASSIGNMENTS

  • Students must produce assignments that meet writing and research standards appropriate for students in a Master’s program of study. Write clearly!
  • It is critical to proofread your work and then proofread again before turning it in.
  • Graduate level writing standards do not tolerate grammatical errors of any kind.
  • You will lose points so please make sure you pay attention to sentence construction and other grammar.
  • Students are encouraged to refer to a style writing handbook of their choice- suggestions are Strunk and White’s Elements of Style. APA is mandated for citations included within the text of the paper and reference/bib page(s) BUT no other parts of the assignments

Spelling and Grammar Guidelines
Instructor may not read your entire assignment for spelling and grammar mistakes; if, in the instructor’s opinion, your assignment contains too many errors the instructor will reduce your points and stop grading the assignment for grammar and spelling and will go on to content and research, etc.

BLOG FORMATTING GUIDELINES

  • Blogs must have a banner on the homepage.
  • The following information must appear on the homepage of the blog: 
    • Name of Student
    • Title of assignment
    • Class number and title
    • Name of Instructor
    • University Name
    • Date of Assignment 
  • If you want to make up a name for your blog you can do so but the Assignment Name instructor has given must appear first and then your title next.
  • You may use an existing blog that you have for assignments from other classes but instructor must have a clear path to the blog for this class and not have to do any un-necessary searching.
  • Blogs must look professional and have color themes, font choice, and navigation (live links to all sections of blog for instance from the homepage) picked to enhance the assignment.
  • Use the many features that the blog has and thoroughly review the blog you have chosen so that you know it will accommodate the requirements of the assignment.
  • Remember pictures create visual breaks for the reader and helps clarify points.
  • Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Use of illustrations, pictures or embedded video is encouraged.
  •  Pictures should enhance text/narrative but images do not replace written content narratives.
  • Blogs do not have a specific page length but must be of sufficient length to adequately cover the assignment.
  • Blogs are written in formal style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description. Remember this isn’t a blog you are keeping for day-to-day personal use. Think moderate but friendly academic level writing and focus on creating a blog that peers, colleagues, children and their parents would find useful. The blog is still a creative way to present this assignment instead of creating an electronic document.
  • References and citations within narratives must be in APA format. References can be done as one blog posting at the end of the blog or you can put the references at the bottom of each section of your blog.
  • All images must have a credit for where you obtained it and that credit can be located under the specific image or at the end of the blog section.
  • Any other questions not answered in the points above contact the instructor. Any other questions not answered in the points above please contact the instructor for further information or clarification.

PAPER FORMATTING GUIDELINES

  • Prepare all assignments in MS Word.
  • Do not exceed the number of pages specified by the instructor.
  • Title Page MUST have:
    • Name of Student
    • Title of Assignment
    • Class number and title
    • Name of Instructor
    • Name of University
    • Date of Assignment
  • Papers must be doubled spaced and the font to use is 12 point Arial or Cambria
  • Page numbers and the name of the assignment must appear on all pages except the title page
  • Reference page(s) must be included and meet APA guidelines - Single Spaced
  • Citations within the text must be in accordance with APA guidelines
  • All papers are to be written in moderately formal but friendly style unless otherwise noted on the assignment description.
  • Remember pictures within the document adds visual breaks for the reader and helps clarify points that you are making. Books covers are especially important to include when appropriate. Cite all sources that you take images from.
  • Any other questions not answered in the information above please contact the instructor.

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

INFO 200

Course Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the current reading, viewing, and listening habits of children, and use this knowledge in program planning.
  2. Apply information on children's developmental and psychological needs and tasks to plan age-appropriate programming and services.
  3. Demonstrate storytelling, reading aloud, finger plays, songs, and rhymes; explain why these activities are developmentally appropriate for the preschool child and how they fit into library services for this age group.
  4. Design and run a summer reading program or game; explain the importance of encouraging parents to read aloud to their children to prepare them for learning to read, and the importance of maintaining reading skills of school-age children by encouraging them to read over the summer.
  5. Demonstrate familiarity with a wide variety of computer software for use in children's library programming.
  6. Design a children's area based on the developmental, recreational, and informational needs of this age group, and create and implement an annual programming and display plan.

Core Competencies (Program Learning Outcomes)

INFO 260A supports the following core competencies:

  1. D Apply the fundamental principles of planning, management, marketing, and advocacy.
  2. I Use service concepts, principles, and techniques to connect individuals or groups with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information.
  3. M Demonstrate oral and written communication skills necessary for professional work including collaboration and presentations.
  4. N Evaluate programs and services using measurable criteria.

Textbooks

Required Textbooks:

  • Fasick, A.M., & Holt, L.E. (2013). Managing children's services in libraries (4th ed.). Santa Barabara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610691008arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain
  • Peck, P. (2014). Crash course in children's services (2nd ed.). Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1610697812arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Recommended Textbooks:

  • Fasick, A.M. (2011). From boardbook to Facebook: Children's services in an interactive age . Santa Barbara, CA: Libraries Unlimited. Available through Amazon: 1598844687 arrow gif indicating link outside sjsu domain

Grading Scale

The standard SJSU School of Information Grading Scale is utilized for all iSchool courses:

97 to 100 A
94 to 96 A minus
91 to 93 B plus
88 to 90 B
85 to 87 B minus
82 to 84 C plus
79 to 81 C
76 to 78 C minus
73 to 75 D plus
70 to 72 D
67 to 69 D minus
Below 67 F

 

In order to provide consistent guidelines for assessment for graduate level work in the School, these terms are applied to letter grades:

  • C represents Adequate work; a grade of "C" counts for credit for the course;
  • B represents Good work; a grade of "B" clearly meets the standards for graduate level work;
    For core courses in the MLIS program (not MARA or Informatics) — INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 204 — the iSchool requires that students earn a B in the course. If the grade is less than B (B- or lower) after the first attempt you will be placed on administrative probation. You must repeat the class if you wish to stay in the program. If - on the second attempt - you do not pass the class with a grade of B or better (not B- but B) you will be disqualified.
  • A represents Exceptional work; a grade of "A" will be assigned for outstanding work only.

Students are advised that it is their responsibility to maintain a 3.0 Grade Point Average (GPA).

University Policies

Per University Policy S16-9, university-wide policy information relevant to all courses, such as academic integrity, accommodations, etc. will be available on Office of Graduate and Undergraduate Programs' Syllabus Information web page at: http://www.sjsu.edu/gup/syllabusinfo/. Make sure to visit this page, review and be familiar with these university policies and resources.

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