The Nebraska Library Commission debuted its first Nebraska Learns 2.0 online learning program on October 6, 2008 and it ran through January 30, 2009. It was great fun, and we’ve received so many inquiries about if and when the program would repeat, that we knew we had to do something. So without further ado, here it is–the second edition of Nebraska Learns 2.0!

Although we’ve made some changes to Nebraska Learns 2.0 this time around, the goal of the program remains the same: to encourage participants to experiment with and learn about the new and emerging technologies that are reshaping the way people, society and libraries access information and communicate with each other.

Nebraska Learns 2.0 continues to be a self-discovery program which encourages participants to take control of their own learning and to utilize their lifelong learning skills through exploration and PLAY. There will be no formal classes or workshops offered to support this program. Instead, 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.

This time around, instead of being required to do 23 Things in 16 weeks in order to earn CE credit, participants will be offered an opportunity to do a new Thing each month. (Some months we might even throw in a bonus thing!) UPDATE: Starting in February 2012, we are adding a BookThing each month – read a book we suggest, answer some questions, earn CE credit.

If you read on you’ll see lots of references to “Things.” In Nebraska Learns 2.0 a “Thing” is essentially a Lesson. Participants can earn one CE credit for each Thing they complete, and a variable number of CE credits (based on book length) for each BookThing they complete. However, in order to earn the CE credit, each Thing/BookThing must be completed by the end of the month in which it was introduced. Participants do not need to complete ALL Things/BookThings in order to earn CE credit.

This program is open to ALL Nebraska librarians, library staff, library friends, library board members and school media specialists. If you are not a member of the Nebraska library community you are welcome to follow along; however, we cannot offer you official technical support nor will you be eligible CE credit.

Credit: The original Learning 2.0 program was designed by Helene Blowers, PLCMC Technology Director, with the support and assistance of several staff and is loosely based upon Stephen Abram’s article, 43 Things I (or You) might want to do this year (Information Outlook – Feb 2006) and the website 43Things.

Does this sound like something you’d like to do? If so, Sign Up!

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