WJIL Course Enrollments – We’re Learning Together!

The course enrollment statistics In the most recent WJIL State of the Stats tell the story of an Illinois Library Community learning together. Over the course of the past 2 years that the WJIL Course Catalog has been available, course enrollments have gone from 76 in August of 2007 to a total of over 1,800 in May, 2009. That represents a lot of continuing education, professional development and just in time learning – all fully subsidized* by the Illinois State Library for the Illinois Library Community.

Part of what we discovered in our statistical analysis is that the LibraryU courses that are now available in the WJIL Course Catalog have been very popular, and the completion rate on them at 63% is astoundingly high for online learning. On the flip side, we found that over 45% of you have not yet found the time to start the WJIL course(s) that you enrolled in.

Although you do have a year from the time of enrollment to complete your WJIL course, the more you put it off, the less likely you will complete - or even start it. Here are some tips for motivating yourself to get back in there and launch your course!

1. Find a learning buddy. Ask them to enroll in the same course and give yourselves a deadline for completion. That way you have someone else to hold you accountable, and to provide discussion and feedback on the content.

2. Create a formalized timeline and plan for yourself to complete your course(s). It’s always hard to find time for the things you see as “extras.” So instead, incorporate a formal learning plan into your workflow that will help you to reach pre-defined goals for completion of your course. Use the Resources for Learners materials on WJIL to help you, including an E-Learning Approval Form,  Door Hanger and E-Learning Tips.

3. Be a learning “scout” and complete your course with the intention of making recommendations to colleagues and staff. After launching your course, you will see two additional buttons next to the course name in your “My Courses” list. Use these to “Add Your Comment” to the course or “Recommend to a Friend.”

4. Course Completion Status for UNT LE@D Courses. Courses provided by the UNT LE@D program are administered on their own servers, so WebJunction cannot accurately track your progress. Once you complete the course, click on the “Launch Course” button and read the instructions in the pop-up window on how to move the course into completed status.

So go forth and continue learning – but don’t put it off!

* Funding was provided by the Illinois State Library (ISL), a Division of the Office of Secretary of State, using funds provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), under the federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA)

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