In order to make future Challenges and/or learning opportunities from CS-SIS better, we would appreciate it if you would fill out this survey for us to record your impressions and suggestions of the Web 2.0 Challenge 2009:
It should take no more than ten minutes to complete.
Facilitators, please do NOT take this survey--you will receive a separate exit survey by email.
Just a quick announcement to congratulate Kama Sue Siegel, winner of the iPod Touch drawing!
And congratulations to everyone who participated in the Challenge this year--faciliators, instructors, and students. Course completers will receive their certificates by email by the end of the month.
Also stay tuned for the post-Challenge survey!
Have a good weekend,
Quick announcement, since I've started getting questions. Yes, you WILL have access to the course site and your blogs after the Challenge ends. CS-SIS plans to leave the site up indefinitely, and at least for a year.
Just a quick reminder before the holiday weekend that your week 5 assignments are due at 11:59pm on Friday September 11.
If you have any make up assignments to complete, they should also be submitted by that deadline--and remember to let your facilitators know that you have completed the work, so that they don't miss it during the final round of grading.
Remember that you must fully complete all course assignments to be eligible for the final prize drawing for the iPod Touch, which will take place on Friday September 18.
Everyone who completes the course will receive a certificate of achievement by the end of the month.
Thanks again for all your enthusiasm and hard work. We hope you've had a great time learning over the past five weeks!
I've had a couple questions already about week 5, so here are some answers:
Yes, all groups should have their regular weekly chat session next week. This will be the last one, so you can use it to talk about your week 5 proposals, or any lingering questions you may have about earlier topics.
Full details about your week 5 assignment will become available just as the other weeks, so stay tuned! If you have any questions then, please let us know.
It is hard to believe that we are now halfway through the Challenge, with week 4 set to begin on Monday! We hope that you'll continue to have fun with social networking and Twitter even as we move onto LibGuides and wikis. Watch your email (and spam filters) for your LibGuides account information.
Remember that if you weren't able to complete a previous week's assignments, you can always go back and do them before the end of the course. Just let your facilitator know that you have submitted new work to be graded. You will need to complete all assignments to be eligible for the iPod Touch drawing.
Also a quick tip about blogging: if you want to draft your blog entry elsewhere for fear of losing your work if your browser crashes, please use Notepad or another plain text editing tool. Copying and pasting material from Word introduces hidden markup that is unfriendly to the course site. This is true with most other blogging software you may use.
Thanks once again for all your enthustiastic participation and enjoy LibGuides and wikis!
Beginning with Week 2, we've switched the small group chat rooms to a different service, Chatzy. Hopefully this will eliminate the problems for firm librarians who were unable to access the Meebo rooms.
To view a short screencast demonstrating how the new chat rooms work, please go to:
If you can't make your group's weekly chat session and wish to participate in another group's discussion that week, check the list of small group chat times for one that suits your schedule and contact the group's facilitator to get the URL of the chat room.
If you encounter problems with Chatzy, facilitators can try a couple of other options:
This allows you to create a temporary chat room quickly. Just send the room's URL to all your group members. If you use TinyChat, be sure to use the save chat option at the end of your discussion because these rooms are temporary and can't be re-accessed permanently. Send the saved chat file to firstname.lastname@example.org.
This is a telephone option you can use as a last resort. Facilitators should create an account on the site and create a new conference call, then send the call's phone number and PIN to your group members. While the conference call set up is free, it will still likely be a long distance call for most or all of your group members.
If you have questions about this or any other site problems, let me know.
With the first week of the Challenge drawing to a close, here are a few announcements:
Assignments for week one are due Sunday night at midnight. To submit an assignment, use the "my assignments" link in the left sidebar. Each week's assignments are already listed for you; simply update the student notes column to let your facilitator know where to find your work for the week. Use this field to point out your relevant blog posts, for example, as well as the location of the work you've done on outside websites (later in the course this will include sites like Flickr and LibGuides). N.B.: don't put your actual work in this field, just use it to let your facilitator know where to find your work.
Facilitators wil grade your work and provide feedback by Wednesday morning at the latest.
A word about group chat sessions: we know that unfortunately chat functionality on the site has not turned out how we hoped. Tom is working on a solution for next week. In the meantime, we will be sending some alternative options to your facilitators.
Week two starts on Monday. Are you ready for Flickr and Social Bookmarking?
Welcome to the Web 2.0 Challenge! Below are instructions for logging into the course site. Please try to login in and let us know if you have any trouble. While you're there, try customizing your profile; we know you don't all look like Nancy Pearl!
The course website can be found at:
To log in to the site for the first time, click the LOGIN link at the top of the site's left column, then click "Request new password." Enter the email address you used to register for the course, then click the "Email new password" button. You'll receive an email with a link to automatically log you into the website. Once you log in, enter a new password and click the "Save" button. That's it!
Before the course begins on Monday, please take a moment to look through the Getting Started section:
Also please take our start-of-course survey:
Getting Started will provide you with an introduction to Web 2.0 and the survey will help us track what we learn together.
Screencasts and instructions for using the course website will be posted soon.