Learning 2.0 and the 23 Things is a really cool series of Web 2.0 learning activities put together by North Carolina's Charlotte & Mecklenburg County public library to train library staff in how to use new media. (You can read Wired Magazine's coverage of their efforts here)
Like many good Web 2.0 citizens, they've kindly made their program available under a Creative Commons license, and I'm starting to look into the idea of adapting what they did to use with nonprofits as a sort of companion piece to my Web 2.0 in Nonprofits wiki and David Wilcox's Social Media wiki (although I haven't mentioned it to David yet). :-) For me it would be helpful to support a few projects I'm working on, but I also think it could have a benefit/application to the larger nonprofit community.
So here's where I need some help . . .
Is There a Need for a Learning 2.0 in Nonprofits?
First, take a quick look at the Learning 2.0 site and see what they did. Am I right that there might be some value in doing something like this specifically for nonprofits? Would it be helpful to have a series of "Discovery Activities" on using social media that could be mixed/matched and played with to further explore Web 2.0 and how it could fit into nonprofits? I know that there's a ton of great stuff out there and I'm not trying to re-invent the wheel. I'm seeing this more as a way to pull resources together into some manageable "chunks" for folks that they could pursue on their own or in small learning communities. I think the future of staff development is in these kinds of small, ongoing learning experiments, so it also gives me a way to play around with this idea more.
What Topical Areas Should Be Covered?
If you do think this is a good idea, then the second area where I could use feedback is in the topics. A lot of what the Learning 2.0 folks put together is generally applicable to nonprofits, but I'm also thinking that there are some additional areas that NPO staff would want to explore that weren't included in the original 23 Things. What I'm looking for here are the basic skills/tools that we think would be most useful in nonprofits. The topic areas I'm considering are:
- An Introduction to Lifelong Learning (from the original)
- Setting up a Blog (The original lessons used Blogger. I'm considering Vox or even Tumblr. Thoughts on that? I want it to be easy and fun, so these seem like better options to me)
- Exploring Flickr for photosharing and playing with some Flickr Mashups
- Using Slideshare for PowerPoint (Beth Kanter has a great screencast on using Flickr for Powerpoint, so maybe this isn't necessary, but for those of us who aren't huge Flickr users, Slideshare might be a good option)
- Setting Up RSS and using Google Reader (the original lessons used Bloglines, which is an option, too. Although I'm tending towards Google Reader since so many people are starting to use Google as an integrated thing).
- Setting up a Feed for Your Blog
- Tagging and Social Bookmarking--I'm seeing de.licio.us and technorati here.
- Social Networking Sites--I'm feeling like there are two sides to this. One is participating in existing sites, like Facebook and MySpace. The other is setting up your own network. I just set up a site with Ning and I really liked how easy it was. Seems like a tool that should be explored as part of this process.
- Using Widgets
- Creating an eportfolio of your work.
- Multimedia--Videos and Podcasts
Is this list too ambitious? Are there particular areas that need focus? What would you add or get rid of? Also, I feel like this list is fairly "tool-oriented" rather than "skill-oriented." Are there some specific digital literacy areas that should be added? All thoughts appreciated on the list.
Are There Specific Lessons/Activities You'd Recommend?
Like I said, I know that there's a lot of good stuff out there to support these Learning 2.0 chunks. Are there any in particular that you would recommend need to be incorporated into the activities? Any good tutorials, screencasts, videos, podcasts, etc? Open to any and all ideas here.
Right now, this is just something I'm thinking about doing--part of my thinking about needing to act from abundance. It would be a pretty big project and I'm probably crazy to even really consider doing it. But obviously that hasn't stopped me before. One thought I'm having is that I could potentially start the series here, doing periodic lessons, and then add them to a separate site as I go. That might be more manageable. At any rate, it would be really helpful to get feedback from others, so as always, email me or drop me a line in comments.
UPDATE--In doing some more thinking on this, I think I'd want to add some productivity tools to this mix--maybe Diigo and some of "To Do" list tools that are out there. I also wanted to do something with mindmapping--bubbl.us is so amazing and for a lot of people, really helpful.