10 Things

10 Things logoWhat 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?

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.

Course programme
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, Digital Marketplace

Week 7  Open collaborative tools – Facebook, LinkedIn, Yammer, Knowledge Network Communities, Google+, Trello, Slack, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive

Week 8  Searching skills – Search engines, Go Google!, Google Scholar, Library subject based resources, 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.

10 Things classroom course links
10 Things classroom course presentation
10 Things presentation for NSS

27 responses to “10 Things

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  19. Hi,

    Just a query. Google Drive is labeled as non-secure. However, users/universities with Google Apps for Education are ensured security by Google, Jisc and others. This should perhaps sit between secured/non-secured I think, depending on how users are gaining access to Google Drive. Labeling it as non-secured will likely put potential users off.

    Thanks.

    Dustin

    • Hi Dustin,

      Thank you for your comment. I should say that 10 Things is primarily designed for Scottish Government staff, although we hope most of 10 Things is applicable elsewhere. So our approach to information security follows government requirements. And within central and local government Google Drive is considered non-secure. I hope this helps.

      Paul

  20. Unfortunately the current course is now full. However, would you like us to add your name to waiting list for the next course starting on 5th May? If so, please email us at sglibrary@scotland.gsi.gov.uk. Thanks.

  21. Hi, just come across this but registration is showing as closed. Is it too late to join? Thanks!

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  23. Thanks! Indeed there is. In fact we now use it frequently as a great venue for our Social Media Bites for SG staff 🙂

  24. This sounds great. Really like the idea of covering different topics over an extended period. You have come far!
    So there is still a VQ Learning Centre then?

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