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Geeks Bearing Gifts Distance Learning Opportunity – FREE

Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends
Free Online Learning Opportunity
February 2 to March 20, 2009

The Pacific Northwest RML is now accepting registrants for the online version of “Geeks Bearing Gifts: Unwrapping New Technology Trends.” We are offering this course free of charge as a benefit to our Network members.

UPDATE 1/23/09: The February-March class is now full. Contact Alison to have your name added to a waiting list for the next time this course is offered.

Geeks Bearing Gifts provides an introduction to today’s hottest technology trends with an emphasis on social media and collaboration. Participants will gain hands-on experience with RSS, blogs and wikis, social bookmarking and more.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Identify technology trends and understand how these trends will affect or can be integrated into traditional library services.
  • Understand the precepts of the social web (i.e. Web 2.0, Library 2.0).
  • Recognize, evaluate, select, and use web-based tools for dissemination of information and online collaboration.

This seven week long distance learning opportunity includes a course website you may access at any time to complete readings, forum discussions and assignments at your own pace. Additionally, there will be three real-time teleconferences held via Adobe Connect.

The introductory session will be held on Tuesday, February 3 from 1-2 PM PT. This session will introduce Moodle, the platform upon which the class is hosted. The mid-session teleconference will be held on Tuesday February 24 from 1-2 PM PT. The class wrap-up teleconference (required) will be scheduled during the week of March 16. Participants will have until March 31 to complete their assignments.

Upon completion of this class, participants will be eligible for 8 hours of MLA CE credit. If you have previously completed the in-person version of Geeks Bearing Gifts for 4 CE credits, you may take the online version for an additional 4 credits.

The course is limited to 20 participants with priority given to staff at PNR Network member institutions. 

Please contact Alison Aldrich, aldrich3@u.washington.edu or 206-221-3489, with any questions.

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