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23 Mobile Things for CPD
Posted on April 9, 2013 by newprofessionalsnz
*Edit – you can now sign up to join the NZ/Australian cohort working through 23 Mobile Things – we’re starting with Thing 1 the first week of May 2013. Don’t forget to also vote in the poll for the best time-frame!*
The course details
Blog: http://23mobilethings.net/wpress/
Twitter: @23mobilethings
Hashtag:#23mobilethings
The background
I’m sure most of you have heard about 23 Things for Professional Development – an open-source program for CPD for librarians. There are many variants of this course which was first developed in 2006 by Helene Blowers and the team at the Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County, and now the newish kid on the block is 23 Mobile Things, a course revolving around digital and mobile technologies.
Who created this course?
“The first version of 23 mobile things was developed in Danish by Jan Holmquist. This version of the course is an international collaboration, Jan Holmquist from Guldborgsund-bibliotekerne (Denmark) and Mylee Joseph and Kathryn Barwick from the State Library of New South Wales (Australia) are working together to build the English language version of the course. Dr Michael Stephens from the San Jose University (USA) and Tame the Web is researching the outcomes of 23 Things courses for library workers and has provided some advice to the team.” – taken from the About page.
Michael Stephens is one of the keynote speakers at LIANZA Conference 2013, and is alsoteaching the MOOC course on the hyper-linked library.
What does the course cover?
23 things! For the full list, check out this page. The course starts with Twitter, and covers Instragram, Youtube, Zotero, Pinterest, online identities, digital story-telling, and a whole host of other things.
How do I take part?
The course is open to anyone with a tablet or smart phone. It is a self-paced learning course, with the 23 things providing a framework of resources to look at and information to consider. It can be done at anytime; there are no time-limit or deadlines for the course. Follow the blog, and the Twitter account and ask for help on Twitter using the hashtag #23mobilethings. There will also be scheduled Support Cafe sessions.
If there are enough interested people in this group, we could set up our own support group and work through the course together. If you are interested in doing this, leave a comment below and tell others!
Why should I take part?
Because it’s awesome! Seriously, it’s a great framework of 23 prominent mobile technologies to work through which will give us familiarity with different applications, technologies, and interfaces, provide us with tools to use with marketing the library and increasing the range of services we offer, and give us practical experience in using them so we can help and train our users in these technologies.
You can also use it in your professional registration; for LIANZA professional registration, the learning taking place could fall into BOK 7 (Application of ICT), BOK 1 (The information environment, policy, ethics), and a host of the other BOKs.
So are you keen as a bean? If you are, leave a comment and share with others. It might be really fun to work through this as a group and have some online sessions to share what we have been learning – either through Twitter (Thing 1), a hangout/Skype (Thing 7) or some other method.

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