The Master of Archival Studies program at Clayton State University will be offering two courses online during the fall 2011 semester. In addition, for each succeeding semester, the program will offer additional courses through distance education.
“Now, individuals will be able to learn about digital archives, regardless of where they live,” says Program Director Richard Pearce-Moses. “Ultimately, students will be able to complete the entire program online and earn the Master of Archival Studies degree. Individuals may also take selected courses for professional development as non-degree students with the permission of the instructor.”
The first online courses introduce theoretical and practical knowledge and skills necessary to understand and work with electronic records. The courses are ideal for individuals who want to enter the profession, as well as mid-career professionals who feel they need to know more about electronic records.
ARST 5000 Principles and Practices; covers fundamentals of archival theory and functions, including the nature of records and recordkeeping systems, cultural memory, appraisal and acquisition, arrangement and description, reference and access, outreach and advocacy, management, and law and ethics.
ARST 5100 Archives and Technology; provides students with a foundation of technical knowledge as applied in an archival context, including operating systems (Linux, Windows), server applications (IIS, Apache), databases (MySQL, Access), and programming languages (PHP, Visual Basic). The course is coupled with Principles and Practices to help students understand how archives are transformed in the digital era.
Each week, students will attend a live, virtual lecture and will have a chance to contribute their own ideas and ask questions. Throughout the week, they will participate in a virtual seminar discussing readings and class projects. Students will have hands-on labs to get practical experience working with electronic records and understand how archives are evolving in the digital era.
“As part of a graduate program, the courses will be rigorous,” says Pearce-Moses. “Students will invest several hours each week per course. At the same time, the courses are interesting and rewarding.”
Students must be admitted to the Clayton State School of Graduate Studies to enroll. Student may begin the program with an undergraduate degree in any area. They should have strong oral and written communication skills. Students should have a basic knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, presentation software, email, and browsers. They should have some familiarity with the operating system, including the ability copy, rename, update, and delete files; to install software; and how to connect to a network. They will need a moderately robust computer (laptop recommended) and a high-speed Internet connection.
Individuals who work for the University System of Georgia may take courses on a space-available basis through the Tuition Assistance Program.
For more information, please contact Pearce-Moses at firstname.lastname@example.org, or see the website at http://cims.clayton.edu/mas/.