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Subject Line: Amigos Online Class: Instructional Design 101 for the Busy Librarian

Amigos has partnered with Fearless Future, a consulting firm with experience supporting libraries, to offer a course covering the fundamentals of designing and developing a self-paced tutorial. The course is scheduled in the Amigos online classroom Wednesdays March 30 –May 5, 2011.

Instructional Design 101 for the Busy Librarian
Dates and Time: March 30, April 6, 13, 20, 27, and May 4, 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Central Time each day
This course consists of six 2-hour sessions.

Known for creating engaging and practical workshops, online classes, and presentations, Fearless Future instructors Mary Evangeliste and Yvonne Mery will guide you through the steps of creating effective and engaging tutorials for staff development, patron training, or library instruction. Participants will get hands-on experience in the development of a tutorial as they work with different rapid e-learning authoring tools. This comprehensive course is easy to access and will help you quickly master the skills of developing or presenting training

Yvonne Mery

Yvonne Mery

Yvonne Mery is currently an instructional design librarian at the University of Arizona Libraries. Before becoming a librarian Yvonne taught English as a Second Language abroad and in the US. Yvonne’s most recent work has concentrated on best practices in online teaching, information literacy online instruction, and assessment. Yvonne has given several workshops and presentations on these themes including presentations at LOEX of the West, the Annual Conference on Distance Teaching and Learning, the Technology, Colleges, and Community Online Conference, and the Arizona Library Association. Yvonne recently co-authored a chapter in the book “Best Practices for Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Course” that chronicles the development and implementation of an online information literacy course. In addition to her MLS, Yvonne also holds an MA in Applied Linguistics and a BA in English Literature.

Mary Evangeliste

Mary Evangeliste

Mary Evangeliste is the owner of “Fearless Future: Consulting for things that matter.” She has written and presented widely over the past five years on change management and non-profit marketing. Mary is the co-author of the best-selling book “Bite Sized Marketing: Realistic Solutions for the Overworked Librarian.” Some of the local and national groups Mary has taught with include the State Department, Maryland School of Art and Design, Prince George’s Community College, University of Pittsburgh, Amigos, and Lyrasis. She holds a B.A. in Art History from Allegheny College and an M.L.I.S. from the University of Pittsburgh. Before Mary worked in museums and libraries she had her own dog walking business, was an art consultant, and managed an alt-rock band.

Read the full course description and register today: http://tinyurl.com/4mxjloq

Amigos is an IACET authorized continuing education provider.

For the most up-to-date training schedule, a complete list of courses, descriptions, and a convenient online registration form, visit http://www.amigos.org/learning/calendar/ or contact Chris Brown at Amigos, 1-800-843-8482, ext. 2829, or brown@amigos.org.
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Best Golf Gear

Good golf clubs and top of the line golf gear is going to improve your game. Well actually, that’s not entirely true. It’s not that making golf gear improves your game; it’s that making golf gear improves your mind. Making golf gear will make you better at golf.

Most golfers fall into one of two categories: Those who don’t read much of a round and those who read it. While the first category isn’t that great, the second category is a recipe for disaster.

I recently had the pleasure of talking with Mike Chapman about my reasons for writing this article. He is one of the world’s most influential and respected instructors on golf, and I’m glad to call him one of my good buddies.

Mike has always talked to me about things I shouldn’t care about or maybe can’t help but care about, and what I should do instead. These tips are important, because when you take my advice, you’ll really be making a difference. And when that happens, golf will benefit, so if you still want to play golf, you can get great equipment starting at $500 so you can start in this great sport.

3 Keys To Making Your Golf Gear Better

Mike Chapman is the CEO of Chapman Golf, which is one of the biggest golf companies in the world. But when I ask him what he makes of his competition, he starts to sound like he’s talking to a kid.

“We’re ahead of them on the technology front,” Chapman tells me. “We make our products for the future and the past.”

Those words are just a bit embarrassing, but it’s true.

Chapman Golf makes top quality golf clubs, which have an 80-95% 3-wood performance. The problem is, they’re making them for the past and not the present. And why does Chapman have such a good thing going?

For one thing, he’s a smart guy who knows what the market needs and what it doesn’t. He has seen what else has gone wrong with other brands and companies.

“We don’t make a bunch of stuff for kids,” he says. “The kids we make for are already the future of the game.”

He calls himself an “intelligent entrepreneur” and believes that building a company is like planting a tree in a random place. The tree needs room to grow and needs water, just like your golf club does.

“When we make a new club, we look at a 40-year list and what we think is the best fit for golfers of all ages,” Chapman tells me. “We have special features and bits and pieces that allow clubs to play better for everyone.”

He goes on to point out that if you like making golf clubs, you can start today and we’ll build you a better golf club for the future.

Making A Better Club Is More Easier Than It Looks

Imagine, for a moment, you get a chance to do something really great with your life. How could you choose? Let’s say you’re a writer, or a painter, or a musician, or a businessperson, or an inventor.

Chapman tells me that the golf industry is about 3% of his total revenue, so he has a lot to live up to when it comes to building a better golf club.