Some of you may be aware of the 23 Things ‘thing’. It’s a self-directed online course for your personal and professional development which focuses on learning 23 things about the Internet and particularly newer technologies and Web 2.0 things. The course enables you not only to learn new skills, but also to reflect and consider aspects of your work, your learning styles, your career etc.
If you’re interested in joining in, it’s just started again in the UK. It’s only on Thing 3 at the moment so it isn’t too late to start. There are several catch-up weeks in the schedule, and if you get behind it doesn’t really matter as every ‘Thing’ is on their website so you can carry on at your own pace. You don’t even have to sign up with them to do it, although if you do, you and your blog will be listed as one of the participants and you’ll feel part of a community. According to someone I know who did it last year, each thing can take between 30 minutes or 1+ hour to complete, so that isn’t too much time each week. I hope!
Yes, you may have guessed by now that I’ve signed up to do it. I looked at it last year which was the first year of it running in the UK but this year the timing was right and I’m ready to go. I’ve decided to create a separate blog for it (setting up a blog is Thing 1) to keep all my reflective mumblings separate from this blog. If you’re interested, you can check my 23 Things blog out here.
The course is mainly aimed at librarians, although it would be suitable for other sectors I’m sure. If you’re interested in the history of it you can find out more by looking at how it started (in America), and its origins in the concept of listing a number of things that you’d like to achieve.
Apparently over 800 people participated in the one run last year in the UK, including people from across the world. If you work in a setting where you can’t access blogs or other Web 2.0 websites in work this could be a good piece of evidence for making the case to unblock all these things – you need it for your professional and personal development.