Is training available on the use of the Discus resources?
Yes, a new training schedule is offered every spring, summer and fall.
Who is eligible to attend Discus trainings?
Discus trainings are open to the following groups and individuals in South Carolina:
- public librarians and library staff
- college/university librarians and library staff
- public and private K-12 school media specialists and media center staff (Discus-participating schools only)
- school technology coaches, technology trainers or the equivalent (Discus-participating schools only)
- regional technology specialists (South Carolina Department of Education)
- graduate students and faculty members of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science
The above individuals, in turn, are responsible for providing training and assistance to their students, teachers, library patrons and other Discus users.
Can Discus trainings be applied toward renewal credit for South Carolina educator recertification?
Most onsite Discus training classes are designed to fulfill the South Carolina Department of Education's Renewal Credit Plan Guidelines for educator recertification. Educators should contact their local Renewal Credit Plan Coordinator to confirm the acceptability of Discus training. Approval prior to the training may be required.
What training classes are available?
A variety of Discus training classes are held throughout the year at several locations in the state. See the Discus Training Schedule for a current list of course titles, descriptions, locations and registration procedures. All classes are free, but registration is required.
How can I be alerted about new classes?
Discus training classes are announced to the Discus Primary Contact at each participating institution (who forwards this information to appropriate individuals), as well as to Regional Technology Specialists. Classes are also announced on Discus-L listserv and posted on the Discus Training Schedule.
To subscribe to Discus-L:
- Leave the subject line blank. In the message area, type: subscribe Discus-L firstname lastname
Is it possible to schedule a Discus training class at my institution?
Yes, Discus staff will conduct training classes at participating schools, colleges and public libraries for eligible attendees. This requires:
- an individual to serve as the host for local arrangements
- a site suitable for the type of training or presentation requested
- a minimum of 10 eligible participants
- adequate lead time to schedule a trainer (preferably 4 to 6 weeks or longer)
For more information, contact the Discus Office.
Are other training options and/or other training materials available?
Yes, Discus now offers brief, convenient training for eligible participants from the comfort of your own desktop personal computer, with no traveling involved. These live online training sessions are delivered using the GoToMeeting web conferencing tool and are no more than an hour in length. The sessions are easily accessed and do not require a telephone call. For more information, please refer to the Online Training FAQ.