This program came to my attention through a brand new blog that I’ve just added to my aggregator. (Welcome to the blogosphere, Charlotte!) The project was designed to introduce members of the staff at the Public Library Charlotte and Mecklenburg County in North Carolina. PLCMC Staff members who completed all 23 activities–ranging from starting their own blogs, setting up a bloglines RSS reader and exploring Flickr mashups–received an MP3 player. (Looks like over 117 have completed the tasks and earned their MP3 players so far and over 300 have started blogs–as required by Activity #3.)
The 23 activities are distributed over 9 weeks, and each activity includes a brief overview–generally with a podcast and some text, some “discovery resources” and a specific discovery exercise. Typical explorations include:
- #18 Web-based Apps: There not just for desktops
- #17 Playing around with PBWiki
- #20 You too can YouTube
- #19 Discovering Web 2.0 tools
Activity #2 provides an overview of 71/2 Habits for Self-Directed Learners.
I wonder how many W&M folks would take the challenge to participate in a similar exercise?