FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions:

  1. How does this online learning program work?
  2. How long do I have to complete the program?
  3. I’ve seen the list of 23 Things on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
  4. Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
  5. Is this program open to all Vermont Library staff or just some?
  6. If I’m not a library staff member, can I still participate?
  7. Can I get Continuing Education credits for the course?
  8. Once I complete all 23 things, how do I get my CE credit?
  9. How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
  10. Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
  11. What if I need help – who can I call?
  12. I don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously?
  13. Are there any guidelines or rules for blog posts?
  • 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.

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  • How long do I have to complete the program?
    Each lesson should take about 15 minutes a day. You are expected to work on an exercise each week or two weeks. However, you may take a week off here and there. It is up to you! This course is web-based and not tied to your computer at work. We will keep the website up and you can invite others to take the course and you can cheer them along.
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  • I’ve seen the list of 23 Things on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
    Each week, two or three posts will be added to the Vermont’s 23 Things blog with details about the exercises. The reason for this staggered approach is to allow participants the ability to focus on a different area without feeling overwhelmed.
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  • Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
    Yes, of course. Choose your own path and work ahead. However, if you do work ahead on some items, be sure to check back on the exercise details for each item once they are posted so you can be sure to receive full credit for its completion. We also encourage you not to work ahead too fast. Part of the program is the social aspect of the learning things together. If you want more of a challenge, try the extra exercises too!
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  • Is this program open to all Vermont Library staff or just some?
    YES! This program is open to ALL library staff regardless of position and status (full and part-time).

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  • If I’m not a library staff member, can I still participate?
    Yes, by all means.
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  • Can I get Continuing Education credits for the course?
    YES! Public librarians can earn 10 technology credits towards public library certification. School librarians can also earn professional development credit.

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  • Once I complete all 23 things, how do I get my CE credit?
    If you complete your exercises each week just notify Mara: mara.siegel@dol.state.vt.us and you will receive CE credit.
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  • How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
    You will be asked to make a blog of your own to track your progress. Please use your blog to write your reactions to the lessons and add any ideas you may have on how to use web 2.0 tools for yourself and your library. This is YOUR time to experiment, have fun, and learn at you own pace. Web 2.0 is here….and now, so are we!
    You will need to send Mara:
    mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us 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. Please keep in mind that one of the goals is to connect and learn from each other.
    Recommended way to track: Include Lesson # and THING # in the heading of each post. It will help you and DOL track your progress. It is also helpful when you want to refer back or add something new on a specific topic or tool.

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  • Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
    No, this is a self-directed learning program. We will provide helpful hints, encouraging words, and post comments from time to time.

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  • What if I need help – who can I call?
    Since this program is self-directed, first give yourself a chance to PLAY. We bet you can figure a lot of this out on your own.You are also encouraged to be resourceful and to find co-workers or other participants who can help. Reading other participant’s blogs can help, too. Be sure to share your knowledge as well! If you are really stuck and unable to understand or complete one of the Things (exercises) you may contact one of the following people:
    Mara Siegel 828-2727 mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us
    Amy Howlett 463-0142 amy.howlett@mail.dol.state.vt.us
    Michael Roche 748-3428 michael.roche@mail.dol.state.vt.us
    Jeremiah Kellogg 828-2320 jeremiah.kellogg@mail.dol.state.vt.us
    Rob Geiszler 786-3839 rob.geiszler@mail.dol.state.vt.us
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  • I don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously?
    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 Mara: mara.siegel@mail.dol.state.vt.us if you want CE credit.
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  • Are there any guidelines or rules for blog posts?
    While there are no rules per se, these are a few things to keep in mind as you blog your progress:

    • Privacy? There is none! Everyone can read your blog. This is the nature of blogs in general. Remember, you can remain anonymous by choosing a generic name for the blog and hide your user profile if you wish. When you send in an e-mail to register your blog on the Participant Blogs page, Mara will know who you are.
    • Keep in mind the type of posts you make and use discretion in mentioning names/places.
    • Copyright issues and intellectual content also apply to blogs.
    • Photo posting — When posting identifiable photos of other people (especially minors) it is advisable to get the person’s permission before posting their photo in a publicly available place like Flickr. Never upload pictures that weren’t taken by you (unless you have the photographer’s consent) and always give credit when you include photos taken by someone else in your blog.
    • Respect your colleagues’ thoughts and comments, but feel free to disagree. That’s how discussions ensue and change happens!
    • Read these points above again. Be aware and be appropriate on your blog.
    • HAVE FUN!
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8 responses to “FAQ

  1. What a great idea to offer this course –looking forwad to it.Lee

  2. I’m so excited to get started!

  3. Will you leave the 23 things up through the spring and perhaps some of the summer so that I can introduce the 23 things to my coworkers?

    DET

  4. Hi Donna,
    The 23 Things blog isn’t going anywhere. I’m also planning on running the program again after I get feedback from this session’s participants.

  5. I’m so glad you’re offering this again!

  6. I guess I’m ready to start this!

  7. Major thanks for the blog. Really Cool.

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