DigiThings is a peer-led, peer-mentored online programme, based around a central blog, which guides participants to explore a new ‘Thing’ each week, and share their own reflective blog posts on the ‘Things’ with others. It runs in ‘real-time’, but resources are often left up for participants to work through in their own time or for reference. It is open and scalable, and is therefore a kind of MOOC. It is based on a course called ’23 Things’.
The original 23 Things Programme was a professional development tool for librarians to explore web 2.0 technologies, set up by the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County, USA. Versions of the original have been run for other groups, such as students and academics, and have also been used to explore and reflect on other aspects of professional practice. The significance of the number 23 is a little obscure!
The inspiration behind DigiThings comes from Dr Helen Webster, an Academic Developer at Anglia Ruskin University. Helen adapted 23 Things for Researchers in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (DH23Things) and STEMDigital for Researchers in Sciences while at Cambridge University.
Helen is currently running the course again for Learning Developers (LD5D) in the ALDinHE community, heading up a team of contributors which includes Plymouth Learning Technologist, Flea Palmer. All the resources are available under a Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
DigiThings is also available under a Creative Commons license (CC BY NC SA) so the materials are free to take, use and adapt for non-commercial purposes, if you acknowledge the source and share your version under the same licence.
DigiThings is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.
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How to run a 23 Things Style Programme
If you’re interested in running something similar in your institution, please see this ‘How to’ guide created by Helen!