The Catholic University of America

Online & Weekend Learning Program (OWL)

In Fall 2011, LIS launched an Online & Weekend Learning Program (OWL) for both the Generalist and the School Library Media courses of study for the Master of Science in Library Science program. OWL combines synchronous and asynchronous online instruction with monthly Saturday face-to-face classes (4 times a semester). Students take two courses each term, including summer. Saturday meetings are scheduled so that students need only make one trip a month to campus. For the rest of the time, classes make use of Adobe Connect for synchronous learning and Blackboard for asynchronous learning. Students study as a cohort that advances together through program taking the same classes together each term. If a Generalist OWL student wishes to take a non-OWL class, they may do so in consultation with their advisor.

OWL is designed to meet the needs of working students and those who live far from Catholic University Campus. Among its advantages:

  • Convenience: Students with busy schedules can participate in classes from their own home or workplace.
  • Flexibility: Combination of three formats of course delivery provides students the flexibility they need.
  • Community of learners: Studying as a cohort helps students develop strong professional relations with fellow classmates.
  • Ease of Scheduling: Saturday meetings and online learning make it easier for students with professional and family obligations.

Course sequence

The OWL curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills that are valuable to any information intensive environments, including academic, corporate, public, special libraries and other information centers.

Fall 2016 OWL dates:
September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 19

Summer 2016 OWL dates: May 21, June 18, July 16 & August 6

Spring 2016 OWL dates: January 23, February 20, April 2 & April 30