What is 10 Things?
10 Things is an online self-directed 10 week course developed by the Scottish Government (SG) Library. The aim is for you to spend a little time each week developing your social media and information searching skills.
Each week we’ll post details about one or more of the tools from our 10 Things course and encourage you to try them out and reflect on them. Our aim is to present a realistic challenge that you can fit it into your schedule.
10 Things is based on the original 23 Things course which ran at the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County in the USA in 2006.
When does it start?
The current course started on Monday 12th June 2017. The next course will start at noon on Monday 28th August 2017.
How can I join?
- Scottish Government staff please sign up for the course here.
- If you otherwise work for the Scottish public, education or voluntary sectors please sign up for the course here.
If you are not eligible to join you can access the course content at 10 Things.
When the course starts you’ll receive an email welcoming you to the course and the first ‘thing’. Then each Monday thereafter you’ll receive email notification of that week’s ‘thing’. The course will last 10 weeks as you’ll receive 1 thing a week.
How does it work?
Each ‘thing’ will be published and archived on our 10 Things blog. Only course participants will be able to access the blog. You should be aware that:
- The course will be delivered via a blog and the content held on Google Drive. We recommend that non Scottish Government staff check to ensure they have access to Google Drive before joining the course.
- The 10 Things blog is private. The content is only visible to 10 Things participants.
- The course content is designed for Scottish Government staff. However, where we have provided links to resources only available to Scottish Government staff we have also provided alternatives everyone can access.
- The course includes suggested video content. If you wish to watch these you will require speakers or headphones.
- The course is not designed for mobile devices, so some content may not be available via your mobile device.
- The course content is continually updated so we recommend saving links to the content rather than printing it.
Each ‘thing’ will include some suggested activities for you to try, and you’ll be asked to discuss each week’s ‘thing’ or ask any questions in the 10 Things blog. You can ask us any questions anytime and we’ll answer them as soon as possible. There will also be online Q&A sessions in weeks 5 and 10.
How much time will it take?
We estimate you should allow around 1 to 2 hours a week to go through that week’s ‘thing’. We understand participants will have different working patterns and different knowledge of the tools we’ll cover, so you can work through the course at your own pace and are encouraged to share your thoughts and exchange your knowledge on the course content with the group regardless of where you are on the course. You can choose when in the week to spend as much or as little time as you need on each Thing. Think of this course as a toolkit so you can choose to focus more time on those tools which you think will be most useful to you, and less on those which may be less useful.
Week 1 Overview of 10 Things, blogs
Week 2 RSS (newsfeeds) and dashboards
Week 3 Presentation and meeting tools
Week 4 Twitter
Week 5 YouTube, Flickr, Instagram, SoundCloud, audioBoom, Snapchat, WhatsApp
Week 6 Government secure collaborative tools – Knowledge Hub, SharePoint, Huddle, Skype for Business, OneNote
Week 7 Open collaborative tools – Facebook, LinkedIn, Yammer, Knowledge Network Communities, Google+, Trello, Slack, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive
Week 8 Searching skills – Go Google!, Google Scholar, eLibrary subject pages, KandE (Knowledge and Evidence), IDOX, Knowledge Network
Week 9 Social bookmarking and social citation
Week 10 Alerts and current awareness tools
You may freely reuse these course materials (except for material identified as provided by a third party) but we would ask you to acknowledge them as the work of the Scottish Government Library. For more details please read the Scottish Government guidance on Crown Copyright. If you have any queries, please email the Library, or call us on 44556.