The Early Childhood Education Department recently received approval to create a three-year plan for the revision of all its program courses. This means 21 courses will move from print-based delivery to on-line delivery. Course writers and subject matter experts were being put in place as news of the ACCESS situation was received.
For ECE, this means that at the end of the 11WN term, 322 individual print resources must be removed and alternative sources found. What a daunting task!
At first overwhelmed with the prospect, the department decided it needed to find the experts within our Lethbridge College community for help and guidance. They found such experts in the Buchannan Library, and have since met with Fiona and Corene to determine what the library can offer. With their help and expertise, the program has been able to determine that Lethbridge College already has in place, a subscription for a number of electronic databases that contain a significant majority of the program’s major sources of articles, what databases are available to it to find alternate articles, and how to efficiently search these databases. Fiona and Corene are keeping in touch and designing sessions that meet the department needs more effectively.
Although there is still quite a bit of work ahead of them, they now know the who’s, what’s, when’s, where’s and why’s. They are confident they will be ready to go for the 11SM term.
Members of the ECE Department are using this situation as a great opportunity to coordinate online and on campus courses, update both with the most current information and to utilize the superb resources already at hand in our institution.