What were your favorite discoveries or exercises on this learning journey?
The program helped me to have clarity on what Web2.0 is all about: promote creativity, share of ideas, and, collaborate with individuals or teams. My understanding of web applications has expanded. An incredible amount of ever increasing information available to me was opened to me. This reminds me of the Hubble Telescope YouTube presentation
Scientists discovered when they focused the Hubble telescope into a part of space that appeared to have no stars for ten or so days. They were surprised to discover galaxies upon galaxies. I had a somewhat similar feeling when I discovered the numerous wiki sites, podcasts and free web applications available online.
How has this program assisted or affected your lifelong learning goals?
The program helped me to see how the future is here without getting a clearer grasp on it. Well, no one person can grasp all the new things coming out in technology every day. But this class helped me to structure what appears chaotic jumble of Internet applications and concepts and organized them into a manageable learning program. If I ever take any courses either at Sno-Isle or privately, I am sure something I learned here will come in handy.
Were there any take-aways or unexpected outcomes from this program that surprised you?
The sheer volume of information available and how most of the tools are free surprised me.
What could we do differently to improve upon this program’s format or concept?
What became obvious to me after this class is the need to structure the program as a collaborative group-oriented class instead of personalized self-paced one. Without the help from others at my branch, I would have missed out on some things. There were attempts at doing this in the program when we were asked to chat online with a colleague. I saw how Mukilteo Safety Committee and Oak Harbor staff contributed to Sno-Isle Libraries Strategic Planning by creating collaborative wikis as part of the training.
What I will love to see is greater collaboration. Instead of separate bloggers, I would like to see one big branch blog with all staff members posting ideas and experiences they want to share. I was surprised and saddened to read a blog of a staff who was sharing something about her mother’s recent death and nobody posted a comment. This is because almost everyone was focused on completing their blog and only few people read or commented on what others were writing. Sure, this is a class but where does the line between simulation and practical life converge?
If we offered another discovery program like this in the future, would you again chose to participate?
I will definitely take part in a similar but improved discovery program in the future.