Friday, December 5, 2008

About Learning 2.0

What is Learning 2.0

Learning 2.0 is an online learning program that encourages staff and others to learn more about emerging technologies on the Web that are changing the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

It is an immersive 10-week program that provides an opportunity to explore Web 2.0 applications and their impact on our society. Participants in Learning 2.0 are encouraged to use this opportunity not only to explore these new tools but also to think about ways these tools impact libraries and library services. Specifically, we urge you to think about if and how your library can use these tools to deliver innovative library services.

But most of all, Learning 2.0 is meant to be fun. This is an ideal opportunity to explore, discover and play!

How does Learning 2.0 work?

For 10 weeks, beginning October 13th, 2008, participants will use the weekly postings in the Learning 2.0 blog to access freely available online tools (such as Blogger,, and Flickr) to complete a number of activities. Each week focuses on specific tools (such as RSS feeds, blogs, and wikis) and includes resources and activities that help you become familiar and comfortable with the tools. You are asked to use your blogs (which you’ll create in Week 2) to discuss your thoughts about and reactions to the tools, as well as your thoughts about how to utilize these tools at your library.

What is the Incentive?

At the end of the 10 weeks, participants who are completed the entire program will receive an nifty incentive prize - a USB MP3 player.

Who’s Eligible?

All staff members of the MCR and PSR NN/LM libraries are eligible to participate. Others may participate, however, only MCR and PSR NN/LM library staff members who registered for the class and were part of the first 30 participants in each region are eligible to receive the incentive prize.

How do I start?

To participate in Learning 2.0 simply email Sharon Dennis. Learning 2.0 begins on October 13th, 2008. The first 30 participants to email will be eligible for the incentive prize.

You may join the program at any time during the 10 weeks. However, if you are eligible for the incentive prize, you must complete the program by December 19th, 2008.

When Does the Project End?

The initial 10-week program ends December 19th, 2008.

Our Thanks

The first Learning 2.0 program was developed by Helene Blowers and the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County (North Carolina). The program has been replicated by libraries across the U.S. and the world. We are especially indebted to the Learning 2.0 programs developed by PLCMC, the Missouri River Regional Library (MRRL), McMaster University (Hamilton, Ontario, Canada) and the Bernard Becker Medical Library (Washington University in St. Louis, MO).

Sharing Learning 2.0

The Learning 2.0 project materials are licensed under a Creative Commons license. Other institutions are welcome to share and remix the contents under the following conditions: the content is used for non-commercial purposes; it is attributed to the MCR and PSR NN/LM libraries; and the resulting content is made available under the same or similar license.

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