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Take 2! Continuing 23 Things for Professional Development Course

Posted: May 8th, 2012 | Author: | Filed under: blogging, learning, professional development | Tags: , , | 8 Comments »

Last year I began an excellent online learning course known as CPD23. Based on Helene Blower’s original and much re-mixed Learning 2.0 – 23 Things program, this course is an excellent tool for learners from Libraryland, and further afield. I didn’t finish last year but I did make some great twitter contacts and I certainly enjoyed the networking and learning that I did do. This year I hope to complete the things I missed, and time permitting, I may blog again about those I’ve already explored. I’m excited and thankful the CPD23 crew are restarting the course for those of us who didn’t complete the course last year, and for all new learners!

If you’re interested in joining the fun and learning, check out the official site here; the 23 Things are listed here. For 2012, the CPD23 crew have decided to slow down the pace a little, for which I am grateful :)

Thing 1 asks participants to create a blog and have a play. Done! We are also asked to contemplate what we hope to get from the course. I’m looking forward to:

  • gaining new knowledge
    • online tools for learning, presenting, storing and sharing
    • social media ‘things’ I am yet to play with
    • advocacy
    • lifelong, and further tertiary/other learning opportunities
  • being challenged, in a good way!
    • learning and exploring new tools
    • expressing myself eloquently and hopefully creatively
    • time-management
  • gaining networking opportunities
    • online and IRL
  • actively analysing
    • my learning
    • my professional role in my workplace, and in our wider profession
    • my contribution to our profession
  • blogging with regularity.

I’m sure this list will expand as the weeks go on…

Thing 2 suggests we scout around other learners’ blogs and check out what they are creating. I really enjoy and benefit from reading blogs (library-types and non-lib people), so this will be easy. The slightly challenging bit will be leaving comments, as I get cyber-shy. However, this is what the course is about, right? Learning, networking, experimenting, and challenging ourselves. Dear Reader, why not introduce yourself in the comments? Or you can tweet me: I’m @dpgreen.

To the encouraging and knowledgeable CPD23 crew: Thank you for the opportunity to finish the course, I appreciate the re-run :)

To the CPD23ers: See you ‘out there’!

p.s. If you’re really short of reading material, you could read my Week One post from last year.

  • Annie Johnson May 8, 2012 at 7:54 am

    Hi David, great that you’re taking part again! (We better try and live up to the reputation of being encouraging and knowledgeable now…)

    • dpgreen May 8, 2012 at 8:23 pm

      Hi Annie, thanks for reading & commenting :) Yeah I’m excited to take part again, & I know the CPD23 crew reputation will be lived up to. Otherwise, no soup for you! 😉

  • Jen Gallagher May 8, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    Helloooo! Just stopping by to say hi. It’s great that you’re giving cpd23 a second go, proves that those who’ve started it before do see it as a worthwhile course.

    • dpgreen May 8, 2012 at 8:25 pm

      Helloooo to you Jen! Thanks for stopping by & commenting :) For sure it is a worthwhile course – 100%. Now… I only hope I finish it this time – 100% 😉

  • Siobhan May 9, 2012 at 8:09 pm

    Glad to see I’m not the only person who’s cyber shy, but I think the ‘all in it together’ feeling to cpd23 makes it a bit easier to break out of the comfort zone of just lurking on blogs but not interacting.

    • dpgreen May 9, 2012 at 9:24 pm

      Thanks for reading & for your thoughts Siobhan :) I agree, the all together now vibe will help us quit lurking & start interacting. Oh look, it just has – hurrah – the system works! 😀

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