1. How does this online learning program work?  

This is a self-discovery program which encourages you, the participant, to take control of your own learning and to utilize your lifelong learning skills through exploration and play. You’ll be encouraged to work together and share with each other your discoveries, techniques, and “how to’s” both in person and through your personal blogs. This course is web-based and not tied to any particular computer. In fact, you may want to work at home or use the public access computers in the library if your staff Internet filtering software blocks too many blog or multimedia sites. 

2. Who will  benefit from undertaking this programme?   

 Increasingly library staff are being expected to have a wide range of knowledge and skills about the internet and the various applications and technologies known as Web 2.0.   Front-line staff are asked questions about blogging, wikis, social networking sites, YouTube etc on a daily basis.  This programme will help you to discover these and other applications through first hand experience and practice.

 3. How long do I have to complete the program? 

   The programme is designed to last 20 weeks – You are expected to work on an exercise each fortnight. However, you may work ahead or take a week off here and there. It is up to you! This course is web based and not tied to your computer at work. We will keep the course online through the year so that people that miss the start of the programme can join in at a later date and still complete all the activities.

 4. How do I track my progress for the 23 Things? 

 You will be asked to make a blog of your own to track your progress. Please use your blog to write your reactions to the lessons and add any ideas you may have on how to use web 2.0 tools for yourself and your library. This is YOUR time to experiment, have fun, and learn at you own pace. Web 2.0 is here….and now, so are we! A list of participants blogs will be shown on the right hand side of the main blog.

  5. Will there be any training classes offered to show Devon Library staff how to do this? 

  No, this is a self-directed learning program. We will provide helpful hints, encouraging words, and post comments from time to time. You are also encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Be sure to share your knowledge and expertise too! The Devon Libraries Web 2.0 team will be available by e-mail to answer your questions.

6. Why Do This?  

Web 2.0 is a phrase that was coined in 2004. It refers to the fact that the Internet is now an interactive medium rather than a ‘place’ to go to get information. Since it is the young who are flocking to these Web 2.0 sites, it is important that those of us who work in libraries should be up-to-date with the latest trends in education and technology and learn how they can be utilized in or with our libraries.

As more of our customers become interested in interacting with the internet, the more we need to have the skills and knowledge to help them get a full and rewarding experience.

Devon Libraries 2.0 Team offers this fun professional development tutorial for you – we hope you enjoy it!

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