What is it?
This is UWA Library’s Semester 2 blended learning program for staff who want to explore and experiment with technologies they’ve not really used before. It’s a program of normalisation; that is, we’ll be concentrating more on becoming familiar with these tools and ideas than talking about what you can do with them at work (though, of course, we will touch on that too). You can see exactly what we’ll be covering on the timeline page.
Please remember at all times that the Internet is Serious Business. You are not meant to have fun. You should, under no circumstances, play around or try out things that aren’t in the instructions. You most certainly should not explore technologies that aren’t mentioned here, nor should you ever ask for help.
How does it work?
The program runs for a full semester (14 weeks), from Monday August 16th, 2010 until Friday, November 20th, 2010. Participants will use freely available online tools (such as Blogger, Google Reader and Delicious) to complete a number of activities. Each week focuses on a specific type of tool or technology (e.g. blogs, RSS, tagging) and each activity will give participants a chance to explore the tool and consider the ways in which it can be used in the work environment.
Participants are required to make at least ten posts of a minimum 100 – 150 words to their blogs (which you will set up in week 2) over the course of the program. These posts will discuss your thoughts about and reactions to the tools and technologies you explore. You should indicate their progress (eg. “Thing 14, 15, 16 done”) somewhere in your blog entries.
How much time will it take me?
Ideally it should take you about an hour to go through the week’s post and complete the tasks. However, don’t despair if you can’t get it done in time – the workshops themselves will run for two hours, giving you plenty of time to play around and a chance to ask questions.
I can’t come to the workshops. Can I still participate?
Anyone who wants to is welcome to follow the blog and do the tasks laid out there, including people who aren’t staff of the UWA Library. However, support for this will be limited, and first priority for assistance will be given to those who have signed up for workshops.
So, who’s writing and running the show?
You can find more information about your Practically Perfect Programmers and her Legion of Loyal Lieutenants here. The content is stolen from based off various other 23 Things programs, modified for use at UWA. For details of that, check out the licenses section.
What about anonymity? Privacy?
This is something we’ll be talking about in the first workshop.
Speaking of which…
Your Practically Perfect Programmers and her Lieutenants will be hosting workshops each week to go over that week’s things, help people work through any problems they’ve run into and to take those who are interested through some more advanced material. Workshops are held in the Reid Library Training Room 2:
- Wednesdays from 10am – 12pm
- Fridays from 2pm – 4pm
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This program is based on and adapted from work at:
- Murdoch University Library 23 Things programme (under Creative Commons License).
- Emerging Technologies Group at McMaster University Library’s Learning 2.0@Mac project (under Creative Commons License)
- The Emerging Technologies Group credits the Learning 2.0 program at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County and Helene Blowers.
- The wooden background image is used and modified courtesy of Nortago.