Keeping an Edge: Using Your Web 2.0 Tools for Continuous Learning Melida D. Busch, MLIS and Lorna Frank, MSN, RN-BC Laura Werts, MS Regional Faculty and Educator Development Symposium September 25, 2010
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What is News and Current Awareness?
News and Current Awareness refers to the last 30-90 days of publications within a particular field or discipline
The content resources which provide this information differ from discipline to discipline but may include: Newspapers, Trade papers, Journals, social media (blogs, Facebook, wikis), etc.
What is Continuous Learning?
The ability to learn from life/work experience. Scanning the environment, seeking and reflecting upon changes and then implementing a change in order to accomplish goals more effectively.
Never become so much of an expert that you stop gaining expertise. View life as a continuous learning experience. ~ Denis Waitley
Creating a Personalized Current Awareness System
~There is simply too much new information and subsequent change in any discipline to rely solely on traditional methods of learning new “ things ”
~Creating a Personalized Current Awareness System allows you to take advantage of Web 2.0 and social media technology solutions to quickly discover, triage and implement/share new information
~When you are using a functioning Personalized Current Awareness System you are fully engaged in continuous learning
Planning Your Current Awareness System
What subject(s) do you need to keep up to date on?
ex. Preceptors and delegation
Where is this information found?
ex. Scholarly Journals, Blogs, Databases
How will you use the information?
ex. Will you use this information to update others, or for yourself?
What will you need?
An RSS Feed Reader
A list of resources
Journals you read cover to cover
Tables of Content
Databases which cover the subjects of interest
Turning search results into automatic updates/RSS feeds
Professional Organizations, Blogs, etc.
“ RSS (most commonly translated as "Really Simple Syndication") is a family of web feed formats used to publish frequently updated works—such as blog entries, news headlines, audio, and video—in a standardized format. An RSS document (which is called a "feed", "web feed", or "channel") includes full or summarized text, plus metadata such as publishing dates and authorship. Web feeds benefit publishers by letting them syndicate content automatically. They benefit readers who want to subscribe to timely updates from favored websites or to aggregate feeds from many sites into one place. RSS feeds can be read using software called an "RSS reader", "feed reader", or "aggregator", which can be web-based, desktop-based, or mobile-device-based.” - Wikipedia, “RSS” , http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rss WHAT IS RSS?
Wikipedia, List of Aggregators http://bit.ly/M7er8 Read Reviews: Simply do a web search for the product name and the term “review” Example: “rojo.com” review Finding an RSS Feed Reader
Question: Where do you spend your time?
Windows-based RSS Reader http://bit.ly/15Qq6N Newsgator, an Enterprise Social Computing Company offers a suite of free RSS Readers http://www.newsgator.com/rss-readers.aspx Finding an RSS Feed Reader friendly suggestions RSS in Firefox: A Complete Guide http://mashable.com/2007/05/26/rss-firefox-guide/
Google Reader http://www.google.com/reader Google Reader in Plain English
Setting yourself up for Current Awareness: “ Childhood Obesity ”
Using Google Reader (or any Feed Reader)
Finding the Sources
Checking the feeds
Sharing the information
Redistributing the Continuous Learning Wealth
A Shared RSS Feed
Most RSS readers will have an embedded email utility
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Need for Current Awareness
Preceptor Development Classes- Continually review the literature to incorporate current topics into program
Delegation Task Force- stay current on the topic of delegation and Ohio Law
Finding a Method for Organizing and Simplifying
Choosing and Using Current Awareness Tools
Choose a Feed Reader : Google Reader
M ay Use “Favorites”
Identify Topic of Interest : Preceptor Development
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Finding A Method for Organizing and Simplifying
Search the Literature
Find a Feed
Add to Feed Reader
Or Add to Favorites
Sharing Current Awareness
Share content through e-mail
Share using persistent link
Using SharePoint Site
Preceptor & Best Practice SharePoint
Easy to set up and customize based on topic of interest
Delivers most current information to central place less time visiting web sites
Read feeds at your leisure
Beginning the Journey
Staying Currently Aware of Current Awareness
Narrowing the searches
Not always a link to full text
Not everything has a feed
Current Awareness ! Can be up to date without the clutter and have timely access to quality Information