How does this online learning program work?
This is a self-discovery program which encourages staff to take control of their own learning, and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. This course is web-based and not tied to any particular computer. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques, and “how to’s” — both in person and through their blogs.
How long do I have to complete the program?
The program has no official start or end date. Any staff member that complete all of the activities will receive a continuing education certificate of completion.
Is this program open to all Connecticut library staff?
Yes. This program is open to all library staff regardless of position and status (full and part time).
Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
Not anything formal because this is a self-directed learning program. 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 participants blogs helps too.
Can I get Continuing Education credits for the course?
YES! Public librarians and library staff can earn 10 hours of continuing education credit. School librarians can also earn professional development credit.
Once I complete all of the activities, how do I get my CE credit?
If you complete all of the exercises just notify Kris: firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive CE credit.
I’m having trouble with one of the links / web2.0 sites – what should I do?
First things first – you need to check your browser settings. Once you’ve checked those settings and have tried reloading the website to no avail, you should do the following:
1. check to ensure that your network connectivity is working (can you get to other websites, can you get your email)
2. note the version of browser you’re using – ensure that it meets our minimum system requirements, per the Browser/Support page
3. If you need help from someone, don’t forget to include information about what type and version browser you’re using.
What if I need help – who can I call?
Since this program is self-directed, first give yourself a chance to PLAY and EXPERIMENT. Collaborate with other participants, and remember if you have a question about something, odds are 100% that someone else has the same question too. If you are really stuck and unable to understand or complete one of the exercises, contact one of us and we’ll muddle along with you:
How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
Each staff member that chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track their progress. You will need to send Kris: email@example.com a message with your blog information for CE credit. Even if you don’t want credit, please send your blog information so that it can be added to the list of Participant Blogs. Keep in mind that one of the goals is to connect and learn from each other. We recommend that you include in each blog post the: week # and your reactions to the lessons and add any ideas you may have on how to use web 2.0 tools for yourself/your library. This will help DLD track your progress. It is also helpful when you want to refer back or add something new on a specific topic or tool.
I’ve seen the list of 23 Things the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
All of the lessons have been posted to the Connecticut 23 Things blog with details about each of the exercises. The reason for this approach is to allow participants to complete the exercises at their own pace 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 so you can be sure to receive full credit for its completion.
I would like to participate but don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously?
Yes & No. Yes. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name for anonymity. However, you will need to identify yourself to Kris: firstname.lastname@example.org if you want CE credit.
Kris at email@example.com
EXPLORE AND HAVE FUN!