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Friday, June 16, 2017

Two Practicum Formats: SLIG and SLIG Virtual

Prefer to lounge in your pajamas while solving difficult genealogical problems? Need to coordinate your study and research around a busy schedule? Or do you prefer to test your mettle in a formal classroom setting? Or perhaps a combination of both? The Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum offers two formats to choose from.

Last year (2016), SLIG introduced its first annual Virtual Practicum. To say it was popular would be an understatement. We ending up running two sections, and even then carried a waiting list. Needless to say, it is back by popular demand. But it did not replace SLIG's unique and ever-popular course, the on-site Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum. That course also filled with a waiting list. Both courses are coordinated by course developer, Angela Packer, McGhie, CG.

SLIG 2017 fall Virtual Advanced Evidence Analysis Practicum case instructors (left to right): Bethany Waterbury, Eric Stroschein, Jean Wilcox Hibben, Cari Taplin, and the course coordinator, Angela Packer McGhie.

So, which to choose? Both offer a hands-on experience working on five complex cases, one per day (on-site), or one per week (virtual). Both give students experience in researching complex problems, analyzing and correlating information, and reaching conclusions. Both provide a guided discussion with the case instructors and interaction with other students in the course - one in a classroom and one online. 

To clarify the difference, I quote from a blog post written by Debra Hoffman on 7/2/16, "One Great Course: Two Great Formats":

"The virtual format offers the ability to participate in this course from the comfort of your own home while still being able to interact with fellow classmates and the instructor in a virtual environment. Additionally, there are no travel, food or lodging costs and working students do not need to take time from their job to participate.

"The on-site format provides students to interact with other advanced genealogists in person, not just just those in their class. One of the best benefits is the opportunity to research at the Family History Library, which is within walking distance from the institute. 

"The week-long course also provides the benefit of dedicated time to focus on the case studies without the distractions of daily life. . .

"Participating in either format, or in both, provide an excellent opportunity to elevate your genealogical education to new heights! And one you can only get through SLIG."

The Fall 2017 SLIG Virtual Practicum showcases four of the five case studies presented at SLIG 2017 in January, along with one new, previously un-presented case.

Registration for the 2017 fall Virtual Practicum opens on 1 July 2017, at 9:00 am MDT for SLIG 2017 participants, and at 12:00 noon for all.  Full details at: SLIGVirtual.ugagenealogy.org

Registration for SLIG 2018 opens on 8 July 2017 at 9:00 am MDT. Full details at: SLIG.ugagenealogy.org

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