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A recent news story in the technology sector identifies Queensland’s Griffith University as being one of the first to use Twitter as a tool for assessing students:

…About 340 first-year Griffith University journalism students have to Tweet ongoing assessment pieces this semester.

Lecturer Dr Jacqui Ewart said she understood Griffith to be the first university to use the social media tool to test students.

“We thought it was important to introduce it because increasingly employers are asking employees to use these kind of (social networking) mechanisms and marketing and promotional devices,” Dr Ewart said…

The lecturers in the article acknowledge the importance of using social media tools not just in response to industry demand for specific skills, but also because they are seen as a useful way to incorporate professional networking activity into the curriculum.

You can read the full article online here: “Griffith University journalism students to be marked on tweets”.

Are these the kinds of things that we would find beneficial to incorporate into LIS degrees as well?

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Web 2.0 fast facts

Just for fun, here are some web 2.0 ‘fast facts’ that demonstrate the increasing popularity of online social technologies both in Australia and worldwide:

  • 76% of online Australian adults regularly use social technologies (Source: Forrester)
  • Approximately 30% of Australians have their own blog (Source: Universal McCann)
  • Australia is currently the fourth biggest Twitter-using country (Source: Sysomos)
  • There are around 37,500 new blog posts per hour (or 10.4 new posts per second) (Soure: Technorati)
  • More than 5 billion minutes are spent on Facebook each day worldwide (Source: Facebook)
  • 13 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube per minute (Source: Google)
  • There are around 3 million new Twitter messages or ‘tweets’ per day (Source: TechCrunch)
  • The total time spent on social media sites has increased 82% in the last year (Source: Nielsen)

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JISC Netskills this month made public a preview of several web 2.0 animations created as part of a new Web2practice project, recently announced at the JISC Conference 2009.  The project aims to provide educators and professionals with online guides and resources to enable them to learn more about the benefits of web 2.0 technologies for their work practices.  Not only will professionals be able to use the resources provided to enhance their own understanding of web 2.0 tools, but – true to the spirit of web 2.0 – they will be able to share and remix content for purposes such as staff development and creating their own training and teaching aids.

Currently the project has animated videos available for topics such as social media, microblogging, podcasting and RSS, with more to be released in the coming months.  The videos will eventually be accompanied by editable guides and other resources free to be downloaded and adapted under a creative commons licence.

You can hear more about the project in the slidecast below:

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Overview of the Web2practice Project by Will Allen and Steve Boneham of JISC Netskills

Available project resources can be accessed by heading to the Web2practice project website.

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Recently EDUCAUSE Australasia 2009 took place from 3-6 May in Perth, Western Australia.  One of the presenters there was Kathryn Greenhill, a librarian working at Murdoch University Library who also maintains her own blog.  She presented a paper titled “Why Learning about Emerging Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job”, which you can read by clicking on the link.  You can view the accompanying slideshow for the presentation at Kathryn’s blog, or by clicking to play the embedded version below:

Slideshow by Kathryn Greenhill: “Why Learning about New Technologies is Part of Every Librarian’s Job” Source

Kathryn’s paper talks about workplace learning programmes for staff learning about web 2.0 technologies, as well as techniques for finding the time to learn about these technologies.  A few of the comments on our “Librarian 2.0?” page lately have been related to the fact that it is hard for some LIS professionals to find time within their job to focus on the issue of web/library 2.0.  Twenty-one reasons are listed in the paper as to why it is important for librarians to learn about new technologies, including as a way of increasing our skills.  Kathryn was also awarded a Jean Arnot Memorial Fellowship for the paper. 

You might find it interesting to have a look at the paper and the presentation, and to think about the extent to which you see learning about web 2.0 technologies as forming part of your own job as an LIS professional.  As always comments can be directed to the discussion on our “Librarian 2.0?” page.

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The latest podcast from JISC, “A self-confessed geek on JISC’s ‘Developer Happiness’ event”, talks about ways web 2.0 is having an impact on e-learning developments.  At the beginning of the interview David Flanders (Digital Library and e-Learning Programme Manager at JISC) talks about how web 2.0 is enabling a more informal type of learning, as well as enhancing learning in higher education.  The development of some specific learning innovations is discussed, and in the last few minutes of the interview some implications for library and information professionals in higher education are mentioned.

You can listen to the podcast by going to the JISC website, or by clicking to play below:

JISC Podcast: “A self-confessed geek on JISC’s ‘Developer Happiness’ event” (duration 12.50)  Source

A transcript of the audio file has also been made available at the JISC website for those unable to listen to the podcast.

It is interesting to think about how web 2.0 is changing not only the content but the delivery of learning for information professionals.  As always, we would be happy for you to share your comments and join in the discussion on our “Librarian 2.0?” page!

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