Wheel of morality, turn, turn, turn
Tell us the lesson that we should learn.
–final scene at the end of every Animaniacs episode
At long last, the day has finally come when I can say hasta la vista to Learning 2.0. It has been a long slog and I was beginning to think that I wouldn’t make the Sept. 25th deadline. To my fellow colleagues still out there trudging along, I say take heart. It gets easier after you pass the halfway point.
I’ve made some specific suggestions for changes in the Learning 2.0 presentation, both here on my blog and in a separate evaluation we had to turn in. First, I’d like to say that I’ve really enjoyed the opportunity to have on-the-job time to explore these new technologies. I had heard about many of these tools, but hadn’t actually investigated any of them and didn’t know how they might (or might not) be applied to my work.
Second, I know that I spent much more than 40 hours on the whole 30-lesson project. While some of the subjects I could breeze through, others I spent hours on, reading and exploring. It wasn’t a question of technical difficulty for me. It was a question of fully exploring all the facets of a program. I think that if you were willing to breeze through all the lessons, just doing the minimum, you probably could make it in 40 hours, but I don’t think you really learn anything that way. I know I don’t at any rate.
Along those lines, I would definitely break up this 30-lesson unit into smaller units of 10 lessons. I know started to run out of steam before I had gotten a third of the way through and I wasn’t alone in this. I think that breaking the training guide into three 10-lesson units would make it more manageable and less intimidating.
A deadline is definitely a good thing. Without a fall deadline, I would have probably let the whole thing lapse before I was a third of the way through. You have to set aside a specific amount of time every day (or every week) to work on projects like this. Otherwise, they don’t get done.
Things that I will go on using after this training program is finished: YouTube/BlipTV, my blog (love my blog!), Wikis, LibraryThing, Flickr/Digital Photography, and Del.icio.us (whose bright idea was this silly name, anyway?). I was already predisposed to like blogging and digital photography, but Learning 2.0 gave me the necessary shove to actually do those things. I had heard of Del.icio.us and wikis before, but hadn’t seriously considered using them in my work. I had never heard of LibraryThing before, but now am completely and utterly addicted. It’s probably some kind of controlled substance for librarians.
I will definitely be going on to Learning 2.1 and I hope that we will be to get other Arnorian libraries to undertake Learning 2.0 programs of their own.