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Moodle Courses

Over the last year, I have created some small group training sessions to help school librarians and teachers understand what the IFLA School Library Guidelines and FOSIL (Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning) are. It has been especially important for me to highlight how these tools will make a difference in how school librarians are valued and perceived.


I wanted to make these sessions accessible to all so I have started to create them as Moodle courses that you can see below. The idea is that you can access them when it is convenient to you and is something that you can dip in and out of. All of these courses contain videos created by me and includes simple tasks to check your understanding. These courses take roughly 2-3 hours to fully complete but if you only want to watch the videos it will take about an hour. If you sign up and buy a course I will send you the link to give you access for 2 months and a certificate on completion, once you fill in the feedback form, for your records.

These courses run in sequence and to get the best experience I would recommend you start at the beginning and follow them through. However, each course does stand on its own so if you only want to buy just one or two please understand that you can. I look forward to working with you! If you have any questions please just ask.

As you can see below there are currently only 3 courses available. There will eventually be 5 which I am working on over the summer. They will appear as they are created so please come back and check what is available. 

Exploring and understanding the IFLA School Library Guidelines and FOSIL (Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning). .  

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The IFLA School Library Guidelines and FOSIL (Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning) are two hugely important tools of the trade for school librarians. 

The Guidelines are an inspirational and aspirational tool that can guide you to best practice whilst also providing you with an evidence-based guide to share with your line manager and Headteacher.  Helping them understand the role of the school librarian within teaching and learning.

FOSIL is a tool that supports all 5 core instructional activities of the school librarian which can be found in chapter 5 of the Guidelines which you will discover in this course. 

Learning Objectives - This course will guide you through


  • The IFLA School Library Guidelines with a full explanation of each chapter

  •  A short history and the basics of FOSIL 

  • A demonstration of one of the inquiry journals within the FOSIL resources collection.

  •  Understanding how these resources can support your role. 


CILIP Certification/Chartership 

09.1 Research Process

07.6 Frameworks and Curricula for Education and Training 

Approaching and Working with Teachers using FOSIL

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This training for school librarians will look at how to get started with approaching and working with teachers through inquiry. You will explore the important role of school library staff in providing informal professional development for teachers. 

This session will introduce you to the IFLA School Library Guidelines, FOSIL, backward design and an initial inquiry Planning form to guide school library staff into conversations about curriculum topics and demonstrate how this can help teachers understand school librarians' role within inquiry. 

Learning Objectives - This course will guide you through:-

  • Ways to approach teachers with the idea of introducing them to an inquiry framework - FOSIL (Framework Of Skills for Inquiry Learning).

  • Recognising and understand ways to find what inquiry projects are coming up in your school curriculum.

  • Understanding  ‘backward design’

  • Helping teachers discuss their needs and demonstrate your skill set through an initial inquiry planning form. 

CILIP Certification/Chartership

07.7 Educational Skills

07.10 Supporting Information Discovery


Raising awareness of your school library and your expertise through your Library Management System: Using your library catalogue to teach digital literacy 

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Your Library Management System (LMS) is an expensive part of your budget but many do not get used beyond the walls of the school library. Join me in exploring the true value of your LMS as a digital literacy tool,  giving your teachers and students the opportunity to work with your library catalogue within their classroom and from home. Discover the value of lesson planning and bringing your LMS front and central into inquiry.  Discover where your one-shot lesson could lead you next. 

Learning Objectives - This course will guide you through:-

  • Understanding how your ‘one-shot’ lesson fits into the bigger picture 

  • Look at ways to use your library catalogue as a digital literacy tool within inquiry

  • Discover the FOSIL Skills framework 

  • Explore using a lesson plan to prepare and share using your LMS


CILIP Certification/Chartership 

07.2 Digital Literacy
07.10 Supporting Information Discovery
11.3 Demonstrating Value and Impact 

For more training options click here 

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