Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Frequently Asked Questions:

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. There will be no classes or workshops offered to support this program. Instead, staff are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques and "how to's" both in person and through their blogs.

Is this program open to all LCPL staff or just some? This program is open to ALL LCPL staff regardless of position (full and part time). If you are not a member of the LCPL staff, you are welcome to follow along, however the library cannot award you any staff prizes for completion.

How long do I have to complete the program? The program kicks off December 13th and wraps up on Staff Development Day, June 15th.

How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things? You will not start tracking your progress until Thing #4. Each staff member that chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track their progress and will also need to register each item completed in the Tracking log found on LPCL Shared Drive under the Learning 2.0 folder.

If I'm not a LPCL staff member, can I still participate? Yes, by all means. However, LCPL cannot award you any incentives or prizes for completion. You can track your progress through the 23 Things list found on the 43Things site -- I know it sounds confusing 23..43 ..23 doesn't it. ;) Anyway, we welcome participants from other libraries to join in the fun and follow along.

Why 23 things instead of having participants do 43 things like the website? Given the timeframe of the program (9 weeks), the number of "things" was reduced so that staff already burdened with busy work schedules wouldn't feel overwhelmed by having too many discovery exercises to complete in a week.

Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this? No, 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 co-workers blogs can help too.

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 LCPL Learning 2.0 website with details about the discovery exercises for that week. The reason for this staggered approach is to allow participants the ability to focus each week on a different area 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 once they are posted so you can be sure to receive full credit for its completion.

What if I need help - who can I call? Since this program is self-directed and is being completed by many staff members throughout the system simultaneously, you are encouraged to work with colleagues along your discovery journey.

I would like to earn the MP3 player but don't feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously? Yes & No. Since you control all the information that you share on your blog, you can choose to use a screen name to identify yourself to keep yourself anonymous. However, in order to recieve the MP3 player you will need to identify yourself on the LCPL Learning 2.0 Log. Your record of progress will only be viewable to you on the Tracking log on the LCPL Shared Drive.

Once I complete all 23 things, how do I get my prize? If you complete 23 things before June 15th, your RCA Flash Memory MP3 Player will be sent to you at your request.

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