Monday, September 15, 2008

End of the journey!

And what a journey it has been...

Lots of highlights (and some low lights!) over the last few months with participating in the Web 2 experience...

The biggest low for me was definitely the amount of time that was invested. I would have loved to have seen North Shore Libraries support this fully by allowing us to complete the exercises during work time, but in a structured way ie: an hour or so each a week.

However, overall, I personally found the program to be a great learning curve and I am really happy that I have participated as there have been some great benefits in doing so.

It was intriguing to see the flurry of colleagues signing up and the sheer determination displayed as people were trying to figure out who other people were! There were lots of interesting 'relationships' and 'conversations' between blogs going on and it became quite a fascination for many people and almost a 'cult-like' compulsion to check the comments left on blogs! And then there were the ones who got obsessed with the progress chart...!!

The level of creativity and talent shown on colleagues blogs in the way of enhancements etc was extraordinary. It became obvious that there are definitely some web savvy experts amongst us (not mentioning any names quizzylizzy & soandso) and this served to inspire others to do the same and some of the results were amazing. For those of us who had never blogged before, let alone having any experience with widgets, page elements or generators etc, it was amazing to see how easily these tools could be utilised with very satisfying results...

On a personal level, I discovered some fabulous sites that I will definitely continue to use:- Flickr and de.lici.ous being two of them. I will also probably continue to 'blog' as it seems to have become second nature to me and I quite like the anonymity of it and the sense of ownership it brings.

Exploring the different 'generators' was a fun thing to do and the array of options just astounds me. Very satisfying to use minimum effort for maximum results with these and it is something I will utilise again. Most impressive! Definitely something for everyone...

My least favourite sites were Rollyo, Technorati and RSS feeds. Nothing specific...just not sites I found useful or would utilise again.

I think it is great that so many staff attempted to complete this course and am sure that we have all gained much from the experience.

The next step is to master the MP3 player....!


4 comments:

NSL Learning 2.0 team said...

It was a pleasure reading your blog and you were very creative with the images. Well done and congratulations!

Simple Simon said...

What a great "finale' you have made to your Training Session and may I congratulate you. But where are the other two offerings? I await with bated breath.

By the way, don't believe all you read..... I am being enigmatic here. Now I have to tackle Ex #21, it is drafted, (on paper) and all I have left to do is make a "precis" of it in a less garbled form. Something to please the August Personages that make up the Learning Team, bless them once again......

Biblio Chick said...

What a fabulous ending, Aunty! I love the image with your name in highlights. I concur with all the sentiments exppressed and will also continue to blog, but will remove all the comments dealing purely with the exercises and replace them with things that I hope will be enjoyed by friends and family. It is still a new concept and will still take a bit of getting used to, but for all that, I am hooked and raring to go! Stay in touch. I'll be adding your blog to mine so that I can keep an eye on you, you good little egg you. And mind all the naked men you are so prone to putting on your blog - keep their backs firmly towards us - couldn't handle full frontals first thing in the morning!!!!

Aunty of 3 said...

Thanks for the lovely comments. No worries about the 'full frontal' Biblio Chick. This is as much of him as he'll let me put on...!!