Friday, 18 August 2017

Earn your third digital badge on the new Rudaí 23 online course

Internet map, The Opte Project / Wikimedia Commons, CC-BY 2.5 
Welcome to the third installment in our series introducing our Rudai 23 digital badges, focusing on our Critical Thinking Badge. You can read about Badge 1 (Visual Communicator) here, and Badge 2 (Online Networker) here

The popularization of the internet, now in its third decade, has put the ability to produce and circulate information into the hands of pretty much anyone. This has upsides, of course, including the ability to share one’s intellectual or creative work and to have access to a huge diversity of information sources. Yet the downsides include those expressed most recently in the cultural shorthand of ‘fake news’ – information of any quality, including outright, misleading falsehoods, now circulates with dizzying speed and to potentially devastating impact. 

As stewards of information, information professionals are subject to a special imperative to be able to think critically about the information universe overall as well as their own digital ecologies. This badge will require contemplation and engagement with tools to help with four distinct aspects of critical thinking as it pertains to information. We’ll start with a lesson touching on the legal side of one’s digital presence, including the ins and outs of Creative Commons digital licensing. We’ll then take a fresh look at Wikipedia, considering it as a potential tool to sharpen one’s information evaluation skills. Thing 16 will involve taking a look through tools that can help manage your personal information – and therefore, your time – to help with your efficiency as an information worker. These will include apps like Flipchart and Evernote. Finally, in Thing 17, we’ll look at tools you can use to help share your work if your critical thought about information extends to a presentation or piece of writing about your insights that ought to be shared with others, so tools like SlideShare and ResearchGate. 

Along with a snazzy, Library Association of Ireland-accredited digital badge, after completing this suite of Things, you’ll have sharpened your critical senses when it comes to information. You’ll be that much better at navigating the hot mess of the 21st century digital environment, and better able to help others to do so, too. 

Thing 14: Your Digital Footprint, eg. Creative Commons, 02/12/2017 
Thing 15: Evaluating Information, eg. Wikipedia, Wikibrarian, 09/12/2017 
Thing 16: Personal Data Management eg. Flipchart, Evernote, 16/12/2017 
Thing 17: Sharing Your Work, eg. SlideShare, ResearchGate, 23/12/2017 

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Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Earn your second digital badge on the new Rudaí 23 free online course

Second Digital Badge: Online Networker Badge 

Welcome to the second of our series of four blog posts that explains all 23 things in this updated Rudaí 23 online course. 

Check out our first blog post here on how to earn your Rudaí 23 Visual Communicator badge. 

Today we are going to show you how to earn your Rudaí 23 Online Networker badge.

Firstly, I would suggest that you do follow Rudaí 23’s blog, add in your email address on the right hand side of the website and hit submit. Doing this will allow you to get regular updates as the course progresses, which will act as a gentle reminder as the weeks go by.

Date for the Diary: 28th of August is registration day, details will be available soon.

Networking is to “interact with others to exchange information and develop professional or social contacts”. Transfer this onto online capacity and you become an online networker. These terms networker & online networker are not new to the LIS community. Dalton (2013) has written about new professional’s attitudes towards Twitter, Maleeff & Hicks (2015) have written with encouragement on how to develop your networking skill, Monagle & Finnegan (2016) have explored the connection between social media and independent continuing professional development within the LIS community.

Online networking is very easy, you can begin by focusing on one or two social platforms like Twitter or LinkedIn to build your profile. You could expand your networking circle by setting up a profile on ResearchGate where you can showcase your academic writing, and link in with other researchers that have similar interests to your profession. Within each thing for online networking, we cover some of the platforms mentioned and more. Each thing has been designed to give you the skills to be a competent online networker.

To begin thinking about online networking take a look at what it is you are doing already, what would you like to change? Are you using social media for personal reasons only and wish to transfer into a more professional space? Things to get you thinking could be your profile picture (no selfies). Think about the content you wish to share but more importantly the content you wish to engage with. Think about the conversation you wish to have with likeminded people online, maybe you are a school librarian and wish to reach out to teachers for information? Thing 10 will introduce you to networking tools, like Twitter. From there we will look how to build your professional brand through tools like LinkedIn. The most interesting part of building an online network is the many projects you become involved with. For that purpose, we will lastly look at how online collaboration tools such as Slack can help you develop a virtual relationship through team building.

So what do you have to do?
1. Complete a task for each module, each task will be at the end of each blog post.  
2. Write a reflective blog about modules 10- 12 and post it to your blog in order to apply for the Online Networker badge.
         Remember: Each badge is certified by the Library Association of Ireland, this is a great achievement and if you are a new professional it will look great on your CV going forward.

Here is the time line for the modules on Online Networker in November.

11th November Thing 10 - Networking Tools
18th November Thing 11 – Your Professional Brand
25th November Thing 12 – Collaboration Tools
25th November Thing 13 - Reflective Practice 

Good luck with Online Networker Thing 10-12 in November. We look forward to learning with you. 

Friday, 4 August 2017

Earn your first digital badge on the new Rudaí23 free online course

More than half of the world’s population are ‘visual learners’. This means that you can get your message across to these people more effectively by using some type of ‘visual’ in your blog post, web page, poster or social media post. Evidence from social media platforms tells us that posts with visual or multimedia content engage more users than ‘plain old text’ so the modules in this section of Rudaí 23 are designed to give you the skills to be a competent visual

There are many elements of visual design that you need to be aware of and start to consider when preparing content for the internet. The font and colour you choose and a well-proportioned layout incorporating some white space are the basic building blocks of visual content for the web. Over the next few weeks the modules for the Visual Communicator badge will introduce you to copyright free image sources online, ensuring that you have access to free-to-use photos and images for your blog or poster. Once you’ve completed the compulsory Image Banks module in mid September you then choose which of the two routes to certification most appeals to you to achieve the Visual Communicator badge.  Option 1 introduces tools that are popular in the creation of digital posters and short videos that can be used in teaching or promotional work. Option 2 covers a very exciting opportunity to create your own online exhibition using free blogging tools, or learn a little about the Omeka platform if you want to take it a little further. Digital exhibitions are not solely a visual medium, you can incorporate audio and audio-visual material to tell your story and even simple online exhibitions, of a just few pages, can be very effective.
When you complete Option 1 or 2 below and demonstrated that you have engaged with the learning material in the Visual Communicator section of Rudaí23 you will be entitled to apply for your first digital badge of the course:

Option 1:

Thing 3: Image-banks e.g. Flickr, Pixabay Sept 16th 2017
Thing 4: Communicating Visually Using Photfunia, gyphy, 
RIPL, Google Photos Sept 23rd 2017
Thing 5: Presentations Using Powtoon and screencasting tools Sept 30th 2017
Thing 6: Reflective Practice Write about Things 3, 4 & 5 Sept 30th 2017


Option 2:

Thing 3: Image-banks e.g. Flickr, Pixabay Sept 16th 2017
Thing 7: Online Exhibitions Aurasma, Layar, Omeka Oct 7th 2017
Thing 8: Infographs Using Canva/Piktochart Oct 14th 2017
Thing 9: Reflective Practice Write about Things 3, 7 & 8 Oct 14th 2017

Good luck with the Visual Communicator modules in September and October. We look forward to learning with you.

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