*About 2009*

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 24th 2009 until Friday, November 28th 2009. 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 a library environment.

Participants are required to make at least one post of at least 100 – 150 words per week to their blogs (which you will set up in week 2). These posts will discuss their thoughts about and reactions to the tools and technologies youexplore.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 only take you about an hour to go through the week’s post and complete the tasks at your own desk. However, don’t despair if you can’t get it done in time – the workshop room will be open for an hour before the workshop starts, giving you a chance to catch up. Workshops themselves will run for one hour. Attendance is recommended, but not compulsory (except for the first week).

I was in the pilot; do I get to do the full course?

Yes! If you participated in the 5-week pilot program, we encourage you to pick up from where you left off, and will provide a quick refresher for those who need it. There are a couple of changes you should be aware of though; in particular, if you are using Blogger for your blog, you will need to migrate to WordPress.

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.

So, who’s writing and running the show?

You can find more information about your Practically Perfect Programmers 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.

Who gets to participate?

Because we are taking a blended learning approach, which includes offering face-to-face workshops, participant numbers are strictly limited. Please contact your supervisor if you are interested in participating.

What about anonymity? Privacy?

This is something we’ll be talking about in the first workshop. That’s why it’s important that you come along.

Speaking of which…

Your Practically Perfect Programmers 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. Check back for details of when workshops will be held later. Remember: you don’t have to come along to any of the workshops – bar the first one – if you don’t want to.

Licenses:

Creative Commons License 23 Things: UWA Library is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Australia License.

Permissions beyond the scope of this license may be discussed by contacting Amy Hightower.

This program is based on and adapted from work at:

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