The Catholic University of America

Online & Weekend Learning Program (OWL)

This coming fall, LIS will launch online classes, phasing in two OWL classes each term over the next several terms until all OWL classes will be replaced by online courses. For the details of the new Online Courses plan, please go to New Online Curriculum page.

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.

2018-2019 OWL Course Plan

Summer 2018

Fall 2018

Spring 2019

641: Collection Development and Management

654: Database Management

752: Design and Production of Multimedia

848: Media for Children

849: Media for Young Adults

606: Cataloging and Classification

635: Human Information Behavior

675: Research Methods in Library and Information Science

731: Media Integration in the Curriculum

610: Information Architecture and Web Design: Tools and Technologies

652: Foundations of Digital Libraries

672: Management

872: Administration of School Library Media Programs


Spring 2018 OWL Face-to-face dates: January 20, February 17, March 17 & April 28

Summer 2018 OWL face to face dates: May 19, June 16, July 14 & August 11

Fall 2018 OWL face-to-face dates: September 8, October 6, November 3 & December 1

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