Tuesday, April 8, 2008

About the NSL Learning 2.0 Programme

This blog has been set-up as part of North Shore Libraries' Learning 2.0 project to encourage staff to experiment and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the context of information on the Internet today.

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The objectives of this programme are to:

  • Encourage exploration of Web 2.0 and new technologies by NSL staff.
  • Provide staff with new tools (that are freely available on the Internet) to better support NSL's vision: "Engage, inspire and inform citizens and help build strong communities".
  • Reward staff for taking the initiative to complete 23 self-discovery exercises.

    Registrations from - 11 July 2009 to 19 July 2009
    Offical starting date - 20 July 2009
    Official end date - 4 October 2009

The Learning 2.0 programme was designed by Helene Blowers (see Programme Credits) and adapted for North Shore Libraries by the NSL Web 2.0 Admin Team. It is loosely based upon Stephen Abram's article 43 Things I (or You) might want to do this year (Information Outlook - Feb 2006) and the website 43Things.

The design of this online programme was completely built on Web 2.0 technologies that are freely available on the Internet. These sites include: Blogger, Flickr, Odeo, YouTube, PBWiki & Bloglines.

Frequently Asked Questions: (back to top)

How does this online learning programme work?
This is a self-discovery programme which encourages employees to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. There will be no classes or workshops offered to support this programme. Instead, employees are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and "how to's" both in person and through their blogs.

Who is eligible for the prizes?
All employees of NSL staff will be eligible for prizes.

Is this programme open to all NSL staff or just some?
This programme is open to ALL NSL employees regardless of position and status (full and part time). If you are not a member of the NSL staff, you are welcome to follow along, however the library cannot award you any employee prizes for completion.

How long do I have to complete the programme?
The program kicks off 20 July 2009 and officially wraps up on 4 October 2009.

How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
Each staff member that chooses to participate in this programme will be required to keep a blog to track their progress. The overall progess will be logged in the
Learning 2.0 Log.

If I'm not a NSL staff member, can I still participate?
Yes, by all means. However, NSL cannot award you any incentives or prizes for completion. You can track your progress through the
23 Things list found on the 43Things site -- I know it sounds confusing 23..43 ..23 doesn't it. ;) Anyway, we welcome participants from other libraries to join in the fun and follow along.

I already have a blog, should I use my own or set up a new one?
We suggest that you may like to set up a new gmail and blog for this exercise and delete it at the end of the programme. Remember that blogs are available for anyone on the internet to read and you should only publish personal information that you are comfortable showing others.

Why 23 things instead of having participants do 43 things like the
Given the timeframe of the programme, the number of "things" was reduced so that employees already burdened with busy work schedules wouldn't feel overwhelmed by having too many discovery exercises to complete in a week.

Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
No, this is a self-directed learning programme. If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Reading other
staff member's blogs can help, too.

I've seen the list of
23 Things on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
Every few weeks, more posts will be added to the Learning 2.0 with details about the discovery exercises for that week. The reason for this staggered approach is to allow participants the ability to focus each week on a different area without feeling overwhelmed.

Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
Yes, of course. You are encouraged to self-direct your discovery process, especially by working ahead on your own!! However, if you do work ahead on some items, be sure to check back on the exercise details for each item once they are posted so you can be sure to recieve full credit for its completion.

What if I need help - who can I call?
Since this programme is self-directed and is being completed by many staff members throughout the system simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey. To find a list of staff participating see The Participants

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