How does this online learning program work?
This is a self-discovery program which encourages staff to take control of their own learning, and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. This course is web-based and not tied to any particular computer. Participants are encouraged to work together and share with each other their discoveries, techniques, and “how to’s” — both in person and through their blogs.

How long do I have to complete the program?
For Summer 2011, the program kicks off June 27 and wraps up the week of August 22. It is best not to fall more than two weeks behind.

Will there be any training classes offered to show staff how to do this?
Not anything formal because this is a self-directed learning program. If you feel you need assistance with an item, you are encouraged to be resourceful and to find a co-worker or another staff member who can help. Reading other participants' blogs helps too.

I’m having trouble with one of the links / web2.0 sites - what should I do?
First things first - you need to check your browser settings. Once you’ve checked those settings and have tried reloading the website to no avail, you should do the following:
1. check to ensure that your network connectivity is working (can you get to other websites, can you get your email)
2. note the version of browser you’re using - ensure that it meets our minimum system requirements, per the Browser/Support page
3. If you need help from someone, don’t forget to include information about what type and version browser you’re using.

What if I need help - who can I call?
Since this program is self-directed, first give yourself a chance to PLAY and EXPERIMENT. Next, collaborate with other participants, and remember if you have a question about something, odds are 100% that someone else has the same question too. If you are really stuck, unable to understand or complete one of the exercises and have contacted a colleague, email Beth Shutters.

How do I track my progress for each of the 23 Things?
Each staff member who chooses to participate in this program will be required to keep a blog to track their progress. You will need to communicate with Beth when you have completed your 23 Things. In addition to the blog, you will keep track of your progress using a Google spreadsheet. Keep in mind that one of the goals is to connect and learn from each other. We recommend that you include in each blog post the: week # and your reactions to the lessons and add any ideas you may have on how to use web 2.0 tools for yourself/your class/your school. This will help track your progress. It is also helpful when you want to refer back or add something new on a specific topic or tool.

I’ve seen the list of 23 Things on the website, but how do I know what to do with them?
Every week, one or two posts will be added to the Roycemore Learning 2.0 wiki with details about the exercises for that week. The reason for this staggered approach is to allow participants the ability to focus each week on a different area without feeling overwhelmed.

Can I work ahead through the list of items on my own?
Yes, of course. You are encouraged to self-direct your discovery process, especially by working ahead on your own!! However, if you do work ahead on some items, be sure to check back on the exercise details for each item once they are posted so you can be sure to complete it.

I would like to participate but don’t feel comfortable with my co-workers reading my blog, can I participate anonymously?
Transparency of practice and sharing your experience is one of the tenets of 21st century teaching and learning on the web, but there are a couple of ways you can keep your "digital footprint" to a minimum, if you have concerns.

  • As part of your course prep, you will set up a Google account. You can create a Gmail account with an address/username that does not display your actual name. You can use this account to register for all of the tools you will be exploring during the course.
  • You can set up your blog so that your blog address and username do not include your actual name. Only Roycemore Learning 2.0 participants will be aware of who you "really" are.