About Me

Gwen Harris – Information Specialist, Instructor and Course Designer

For many years I was an information consultant specializing in Web searching and online education. I still follow web-search developments but have retired from teaching.

From 1994 to 2015 I taught Mastering Web Searching in classrooms and on the Web, and also designed and supported online courses in the field of information. Much of the teaching was through the iSchool Institute at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. In 2001 I received the Institute’s Outstanding Teaching Award.

This web site has been my notebook on tools and strategies for searching the web. Years ago, I co-developed The Internet Guide (1996-2002), one of the earliest self-paced web-based courses to build skills in using the Web. It was used widely in Canada by librarians and the volunteer sector. The web search content was transferred to this site – Web Search Guide – which I maintained until around 2010. This version holds the blog on Internet search news and some guides to search.

I was a consultant and instructional designer on several elearning projects for continuing education and for academic terms, many of them delivered through Blackboard learning management system.

My alma maters are Queen’s University – Master of Business Administration, and the University of Toronto – Master of Library Science.

[Updated September 8, 2016]

E-Mail: goharris @ websearchguide.ca

LinkedIn: Gwen Harris