Today I’m attending this institute (?) at my desk. I’ve heard about wikis, mashups, 2nd life, and some pedagogy stuff about instruction. Even though I teach workshops and bibliographic instruction, I don’t have any training as a teacher. Not one class. I’m sure that would horrify some of the faculty who’s classes I teach–except I don’t think many of them have either. We’ve just started a Center for Teaching and Learning here at MSU, and I’m on the Faculty Advisory Board, which turns out to mean relatively little. We’re supposed to be focused on training the faculty about teaching–so I’ll hope for that. But Jeffrey Trzeciak’s discussion about ADDIE and the Nine Events Instruction was very informative. Right now, I’m not really attached to a class in a way that most of it would be relevant. We do have librarians who do a section a week of some classes (English, largely). So, my “lesson plans” are relatively limited–an hour and fifteen minutes normally. However, I am starting to develop these classes for the staff that are going to introduce them to these social networking ideas, and it may be that I could apply what I’ve learned today to that series of workshops. I’m thinking about it.
So–I got some stuff about wikis today that I didn’t know. Good ideas about starting a wiki with my graduate students–seeding it, providing documentation, doing marketing via training programs, etc. (this came from Meredith Farkas, who was excellent). So I’m going to go ahead and set up the wiki I want us to work on as a group and put in all of the research guide stuff I have already. Then I’m going to try to visit them and do some training on wikis. We’ll see… Big ideas. Also plug-ins for spam protection–I don’t have that on mine right now, but I’m going to get it. I never got an answer about free wikis that have levels of permissions/passwords. Pbwiki wants money for that. And I learned that you can calendar and blog on some wikis. Not sure that I want to, but it’s good to know.
I’m against Second Life altogether now. I’m sure of it. There are too many other things I need to focus on–I’ll leave that to people with more energy for it. I can’t see its benefit for my students, and that’s all I’ve really got energy for right now. I can see real and immediate use for wikis and social bookmarking and even myspace and facebook stuff. Some of the mashups I heard about look really interesting, too. I haven’t used the LibraryLookup from Jon Udell yet, but I love the idea of being on Amazon and then looking for the book in our library using a booklet.
I’d heard of LibraryThing, but I saw it for the first time today and I’m considering buying a barcode reader so I can scan in all my books. That’s definitely sort of a fantasy of mine to have my own catalog. Sigh.