A lot of people tell me that they’d like to experiment with tech, but they’re not sure what they should use or how to get started. Well, an easy way around that dilemma is to get hooked up with a “23 Things” style learning program. They also have slightly different names, content and time frames – I helped organize one here at the University of Kentucky last year called “Blue 2.0” that went for 12 weeks and covered 11 topics (including a ‘play week’ where participants chose two more out of a list.) No matter what topics are covered, almost all of these programs have their course materials available on the free web and can be found by doing searches for “23 things” or “learning 2.0”.
Of course, one problem with just doing a DIY self-paced learning program is that it requires a bit of initiative and it can be hard to do this in a vacuum. Well, if you’re a law librarian and want to participate in one these programs as it’s unfolding, you’re in luck!
Last summer the Computing Services Special Interest Section of AALL organized one called the “Web 2.0 Challenge”. It was a success and it’s coming back again this year. This program will go 5 weeks and cover about 10 topics. Participants will be able to interact with others and have instruction from “experts”. I’ll be planning the section on Twitter and acting as a small group facilitator throughout the five weeks.
Registration opens two weeks from today and space is limited for the classes! (People that don’t get in can still follow along, though.) So, set a reminder to register! The official announcement appears below:
Announcing the Web 2.0 Challenge 2009: A Free, Online Course to Introduce Law Librarians to Web 2.0 Technologies
Last year the AALL Computing Services Special Interest Section sponsored the first Web 2.0 Challenge, an online course to introduce law librarians to social software and how to use it in their libraries. The course was so popular CS-SIS is sponsoring it again in 2009.
The Web 2.0 Challenge will provide a free, comprehensive, and social online learning opportunity designed for law librarians that incorporates hands-on use of these technologies. The course is intended for law librarians who have little experience with these technologies but are interested in learning more.
The online course will take place between August 3 and September 6. The five week course will cover these areas:
Week 1: Blogs & RSS
Week 2: Flickr & Social Bookmarking Software
Week 3: Social Networking Software and Twitter
Week 4: Wikis and LibGuides
Week 5: Web 2.0 @ Your Library
Participants will be required to complete a series of weekly activities, including viewing an instructional screencast; completing hands-on exercises based on the lesson; weekly blogging about their experience; and participating in a weekly small group chat session. The course will culminate with each participant developing a proposal for implementing a specific social software tool in their library.
Full enrollment will be limited to approximately one hundred participants. However, course content will be freely viewable to anyone who wishes to follow along. Enrolled participants who complete all activities are eligible for final prize drawings (prizes provided by CS-SIS). Certificates will also be awarded to all participants who complete the course.
We anticipate opening enrollment June 22nd. There is no charge for this course and enrollment will be offered on a first come first served basis.
For more information, visit the CS-SIS website. If you have any questions, you can contact Meg Kribble (mkribble AT law.harvard,edu) or Sally Irvin (irvinsa AT wfu.edu).