The iSchool Institute: Faculty of Information, University of Toronto
Web-based, Distance Learning

The iSchool Institute web courses are delivered entirely over the Internet. There is no need to interrupt your busy schedule to attend classes – you participate on your own time, at your own pace.

All web courses are led by an instructor, with the exception of the Taxonomy Guide which is a self-study course. For instructor-led courses, an email each Monday introduces the topic for the week. Material about the topic, pointers to important sites, and short assignments are provided at the website. Students work with the lessons and then submit their assignments for discussion with the instructors and other students. There are also scheduled live-chat sessions as part of the grading process. (Chats between students is encouraged but are not considered as part of the grading process) Students receive individual attention from the instructors. Please allow between 3 - 8 hours each week to comfortably cover the material.

Course Requirements:
Web-based courses are modular in structure and learning builds on the lessons in the previous module. For this reason it is essential that assignments be completed in sequence and no later than one week (Sunday to Sunday) after being assigned. Students may request an extension from their instructor for medical or other valid reasons.

Computer Requirements:

  • Computer with Internet connection and a personal email account accessible from any location - home, office, internet cafe.
  • Windows: Windows: XP, Vista or Windows 7 with browsers Microsoft Internet Explorer 7.0 or 8.0, or Firefox 3.5 or 3.6.
    Apple: Mac OS 10.5 and higher using Safari 3.2 or 4, or Firefox 3.5 or 3.6.
  • Certain courses ask you to join in online chat sessions for which you'll need to be able to access the chat server.
    Details will be provided in the course.
  • Most courses involve downloading and reading documents in MS Word 2007 and Adobe PDF.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: The email account you provide during the registration process is linked to a temporary UTORid email account for the web course. Due to system requirements this process of issuing a temporary UTORid email account takes 3 days. Because of this we strongly advise that you NOT request a change in email address for an online course once the course has begun.

Want to Repeat a Course?

The Internet is a quickly changing medium and students who completed a web course in years past sometimes feel the need for an update. If you are a graduate of a Faculty of Information, iSI web course, you are invited to audit a future run of the course. No assignments to complete this time. Just a chance to refresh your knowledge and catch up on the latest developments.
Fee for auditing: $70.00

    Engaging Adult Learners: Strategies for Information Professionals (Web)
      Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection (Web)
      Legal Research on the Web (Web)
      Mastering Web Searching (Web)
      Public Library Leadership Fellows Program (Web)
      Records Management Fundamentals (Web)
    Records Management Practice (Web)
      Social Media Planning for Organizations (Web)
    Social Media Tools and Tactics (Web)
      Taxonomy Guide: Online Resource & Learning Tool (Web)
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