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Who wants to play Libraryopoly?

This is how we spend our days at PLCMC! LOL!

Social Bookmarking in Plain English

Last year I developed a low-tech way to demonstrate commenting and tagging during a follow-up class on Learning 2.0. We found some funny pictures, taped them to a few flip charts, and gave everyone in the class some post it notes to write down their comments and labels for the pictures. On one of the flip charts we left the post it notes up for everyone to see (Web 2.0). On another flip chart we removed the post it notes as soon as they were posted (Web 1.0).

It was fun and useful in a few ways. It was an easy way to get the concept across to the learners. It also gave everyone a chance to get up and move around--which is always good in after lunch training session.

Today I came across this clip on YouTube that explains tagging. This is so well-done using just some scraps of paper that have been cut out! The first thing I thought was, "Why didn't I think of that!" They've actually done a lot of clips like this, so it is worth checking out and seems like it would be a good way to introduce folks to some of the more intimidating 2.0 stuff.

I'm Back

After being gone for nine months (wow was it really that long) I'm back. I came back to work on Monday. So let me introduce the newest addition to our family...Cameron Elizabeth was born June 27 and weighed in at 8 lbs. 13 oz.

Her big brother Ian is so excited to have a little sister. I never expected to be out that long so I have a lot of catching up to do! And let me just say that I could have never survived six months of bed rest without the Internet and NetFlix! Even with cable there was not much to watch on TV during the day.

Live and Online

In the past few days I've noticed a few posts come in my news reader about the quality of online classes from colleges and universities. Posts like this and this seem to echo my experiences.

Up until last year online college courses were my only experience with elearning, online learning, or distance learning. Then PLCMC was invited to participate in WebJunction's beta program for online learning for libraries.

In addition to learning how to design and create self-paced training modules, we also had the opportunity to be trained in and experience synchronous training or elearning that is live and online. If your experience with elearning has consisted of WebEx conferences or Blackboard take a look at what is being done by Jennifer Hoffman and her staff at InSync Training. Using a synchronous training platform such as Live Meeting, Jennifer is able to reproduce a live classroom experience for learners that are located around the world. These classes are designed to completely engage the learners and during some of the classes I have taken, I became so involved that I actually forgot I was sitting in front of my computer.

This is the future of elearning!

Last year I completed my Synchronous Facilitation Certification and this year I am hoping to complete the Synchronous Design Certification as well. Later this year I am planning to teach an online class on baby sign language so stay tuned for details.

WebJunction and InSynch Training are partnering up again this year to offer the Synchronous Learning Expert Certification to library staff at a discounted rate. If you have the opportunity to attend, I highly recommend this training to anyone who wants to deliver quality and engaging training to library staff (and patrons)!

If you just want to try out a synchronous class to see what it's all about, sign up for a free Learn to Learn Online class offered every week by InSync Training.

First Test

This was the email in my inbox earlier today:

Hello everybody,

Just a reminder that your first test lesson 6 is coming up Friday Jan 26 and Saturday Jan. 27. Make sure all your activities and labs are done before you take test. please if you have any questions call me or send me an email.

good luck!

So my first test is this week, and I am a bit nervous because while I have completed nearly all the assignments I haven't learned or retained very much. It's hard taking a second Spanish class nearly a decade after I took the first class. The technology and design put into this online class are impressive. As far as sound instructional design principles this is the best class I've taken so far. But the class was developed by Quia, not the professors at my school. What does that say about our colleges and universities? What really gets me is that these schools offer degrees in instructional design. Why then, do they not use their own instructional designers?