Thanks All!!



Hey all – That’s Cooper and I on a very cold Sunday afternoon walking around Balsam Circle. We’ve officially relocated to Traverse City, Michigan full time after weeks of packing, storing and moving. There’s supposed to record cold for this time of year tonight. Luckily, I head to San Jose for a week early tomorrow, where I hear the weather is stunning. I’ll be there for Faculty Retreat, Faculty Institute and Convocation on Saturday. If you are attending graduation, please be sure to stop me to say hi.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you for all of your hard work this semester. We covered a lot of ground and experienced some chaos, as I told you we would early on! You all handled it well and I hope you enjoyed this journey of learning and discovery. I also hope you discovered some things about yourselves you didn’t know. I want you all to keep learning, exploring and looking for ways to encourage the heart as you go forward!

Best to you all!

SOTES Reminder

Hey all – Please fill in SOTES for class if you haven’t already.

The university has changed the procedure and you can opt out if you login to the MySJSU.

If you do not fill in SOTES you will not see your grades in until later in June. If you wish to opt out of filling in SOTES you  still need to open the SOTE link and there will be an option to opt out (this will count as having submitted it and will get you access to your grades).

Tips for Group Success

Moving forward, I would urge my group, myself included, to remain flexible, compassionate, and open, approaching collaborations with enthusiasm and a willingness to learn.  Likewise, I would argue that to be successful, collaborations require a firm personal commitment, both to participate fully and engage with one another for the greater good.  As such, communication must be a priority, with all teammates contributing and participating on a regular basis.

Ellen Dean, #transtech, Fall 2012.

Hey all – what would add to the Group Project Success page? I am reading the early reflection submissions and there are some great ideas shared. Comment here with some thoughts if you’d like.


Thank You Letter – Just Sent to Our Project Sites

As the semester ends, I wanted to send a note of thanks for partnering with my class – LIBR 281 Transformative Learning & Technology Literacies at San Jose State University’s School of Library & Information Science. The students have been most positive about their experiences creating and running a mini-Learning 2.0 for your library. I appreciate the chance you gave them to actually work with a real library to create the program on a truly global scale. The real world experience will be invaluable to them as future LIS professionals.

I have explored their program sites and read with great interest weekly reports and reflections on the process. I am most pleased with the outcomes and hope the learning opportunities were useful for your staff as they explored and played with the various modules created by the students. In A New Culture of Learning: Cultivating the Imagination for a World of Constant Change, Douglas Thomas and John Seely Brown write “Where imaginations play, learning happens.” I hope your staff continues to explore what the impact of emerging technologies will be on our communities of learners and our institutions.

Best to you for the summer-


“23 Things for SLIS Students” program

Hey Everyone! Are you interested in continuing the journey with the Learning 2.0 “23 Things” model? One of your fellow students, Elaine Hall, came up with the idea of starting a similar project targeting technologies, tools, and resources in a “23 Things Every SLIS Student Should Know” program. After some proposals to some of the student associations, Elaine has solidified the student/alumni group – SLISConnect – as a host for the program which will launch this summer (mid-late June). By being supported by a SLIS student/alumni group, the program further aims to build community amongst SLIS students and alumni.

The project is still under construction but consists of the idea of having students and alumni help develop a Learning 2.0 program that would present on the most recommended resources for both academic and professional success. The program will be split up into three segments of 7 modules. The first segment will launch this summer aimed at new students who will begin their SLIS program in Fall 2013. The goal is to present on networking, organizational, and presentational resources that new students should be aware of but may not learn in the LIBR203 orientation course. Segment two will focus on technologies used to enhance the academic experience but that are also essential as a new LIS professional (may even include some job searching resources as well). Segment three will focus on technologies and resources that LIS professionals are using on a regular basis in the field.

To make this project a huge success and foster a community of learning amongst SLIS students and alumni, SLISConnect will be looking for some volunteers who would be interested in setting up modules, blogging, creating badges, etc. Volunteers may be selected to work just one segment or all three – depending on interest, availability and skills. If you are interested, please contact Elaine at [email protected] for more information and please state what areas of development/participation (think of the various steps we took to build our own modules in this course) you are interested in.  Additional calls for volunteers will be made in late May/early June to the SLIS student and alumni community, but Elaine wanted to alert you all of the opportunity as a follow-up to the work we have done together in this class.

Thank You Char & Polly!!

Hey all – Please join me in thanking Char Booth and Polly Alida Farrington for their participation in #transtech this semester. Both took time out of their busy schedules to meet with us and answer questions about the course content and the projects. I know the Learning 2.0 courses you all created benefitted greatly from their help and guidance!

Thank you, Char & Polly!!

Updated: Welcome to the final week: Embracing chaos indeed!

I’m reflecting today on my two years at SLIS – it’s been incredible. And this class is a highlight! I believe I told the folks in chat more than once that I knew it might be messy, scary and a bit chaotic but we would all make it and we did! I am so proud of the work you did. Thank you!!

Some final deliverables:

Learning 2.0:

  • Turn over the “keys” to your site liaison. Make the liaison an administrator for the site.
  • Move your module to the archive.
  • Send a note of thanks to your project site if you haven’t already.

Course Housekeeping:

Due Dates:

  • Learning 2.0 Implementation: May 13, 2013 (Last Day of Classes)
  • Blog Reflection on Course: May 13, 2013 (Last Day of Classes) (Updated from May 12 – if you need an extra day!)

UPDATE:  Note: I am in Canada this week for a conference. I’m doing the keynote, “Learning Everywhere: The Transformative Power of Hyperlinked Libraries” for the  Marigold Library System, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada. There will not be office hours Thursday night because of air travel but email anytime you need anything or have questions about the last assignment or moving your module.


I want to proof all my comments one more time but the PLNs are done. Watch for grades tomorrow in D2L.


Great work all! Remember if you’d like to tweet out your PLN link with our hashtag, I’ll gladly retweet. I know some other LIS classes were interested.

Take your blog with you! Exporting your Content

You’ve worked so hard over the past semester – don’t let that content just disappear!

This summer, we are moving the Hyperlinked Library sites to a new server and totally updating everything in preparation for the fall #hyperlib MOOC. This means everything will go offline and your student blogs will be deleted from the course site.  But we don’t want you to lose all your great work.  Luckily for us the site software we use – WordPress – makes it super simple to gather all your content, export it and then import it to a new WordPress blog at  your own new WordPress account. PLEASE move your content by May 20th. This is especially important if you want to use your blog content in your e-portfolio.

Follow these steps:

Your Toolbox

In your blog Dashboard, scroll down a bit until you see the “Tools” section on the left-hand side.  Click on this to expand your options and you’ll now see “Import” and “Export” listed.  Go ahead and click on “Export.”

Exporting for Future Use

It’s pretty simple.  If you have multiple authors on your blog – which you might if it was a group blog – choose a particular author or all authors for whose content you want to export.  Then, simply click “Download Export File.”

Bam! You’ve got an Archived Copy of your Blog

Told you it was simple :)  Keep this file in a safe place.  It’s what you’ll need later on.

Time to Import

Register at WordPress, use your own server-side installation, or other blogging software site that supports a WP import.

For Once you’re all set with your account and blog, login and go to “Tools” and “Import” in your new blog.  Then, choose “WordPress” at the bottom of the options.

Still have that File?

Browse to that archived file of your old blog and then choose “Upload file and import.”  Once you’ve done this you’ll have all your content back up and ready!*

* Saw that Asterisk, did you?

This isn’t an exact replica of your old site.  It is your content (posts, pages, links, media uploads) but not your theme (the fancy design).  You’ll have to either choose the same theme again or select a new one.

SOTES Reminder

Greetings all! This is just a reminder that you should have received your online course evaluation surveys.  You will also receive automated reminders to participate in the course evaluations.  The evaluation period closes Monday, May 13, 2013 at 11:59 p.m.

I’d like to ask you all to complete and submit the evaluation.  The online evaluations are available in your MySJSU account –check there to fill out the evaluation surveys.  The SOTES  are important and your feedback is valued and appreciated – for SLIS and for my process through tenure at SJSU.

From the University:

As a means to increase student participation in teaching evaluations, there will be a four-week delay in the release of grades for students who have not completed their online SOTES by the May 13 deadline.  The schedule for release of grades is as follows:

  • Students who complete All evaluations may access grades Saturday, May 25.
  • Students who DO NOT complete ALL evaluations get access on Thursday, June 20.

Students will have the opportunity to “opt out” of an evaluation, but they must still click the evaluation link to do so.

NOTE:  WISE students do not have access to the official SOTEs. WISE runs their own student evaluation, so please complete that evaluation instead of the SJSU SOTEs.

Turning Over the “Keys” (Updated)

Hey all – make sure that your contact at your project site has the means to log in to their Learning 2.0 site as we end our class. We’ll be turning over the “keys” if you will for the libraries to use the sites in the future.

NOTEplease give your project liaison full admin privileges for the sites you created. The site now belongs to the library to hopefully continue in some way. 

Please take a look at moving your module over to the archive when you have time.



Moving Your Module – Important

Everyone – Please pay close attention to this step when you move your module:

2. In the dashboard, create a new post just as you have with your own blog. Title the post the title of your module – without any mention of week numbers, etc. Copy in your content, including any images. Select the “Insert More Tag” icon  from the toolbar to cut the length of your post as it appears on the blog.

See this for more:


Hey all – Just want to check in and say thanks for the great work on your PLNs. I am grading all this week and plan to post  grades by Sunday.

Tomorrow I head to Ohio to do the Keynote for Embrace Change, Invent the Future at NORWELD in Perrysburg, Ohio. My travel brings me back late Thursday so I won’t be in class chat. Send me an email, though, and I’ll get right back to you.

Thanks again for your hard work!

How to Move Your Module

I can tell folks are excited to move their modules so I’m putting up these directions. Follow them carefully. Note – this is just the third time I’ve done this kind of a move of content with a group, so be prepared for some chaos.

Before you start, explore the archive for a few minutes to see how previous students put in content, and how the site is indexed.

1. Go to

Login as name: author and password: learning20

2. In the dashboard, create a new post just as you have with your own blog. Title the post the title of your module – without any mention of week numbers, etc. Copy in your content, including any images. Select the “Insert More Tag” icon  from the toolbar to cut the length of your post as it appears on the blog.

3. Select the appropriate category for your module (there will be more than one) – I added categories for they type of module. Add tags to describe your module as well.

4. Add this blurb at the bottom of your post, filling in the blanks:

This Learning 2.0 module was originally designed and implemented by students in Dr. Michael Stephens‘ Transformative Literacies class in the Fall of 2012.  This class is part of San Jose State University’s School of Library and Information Science curriculum. It was authored by NAME for LIBRARY/GROUP. It is available for use for other libraries or institutions.  This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

(I updated the CC license to 3.0 Share alike)

5. Publish and proof your work. Fix any issues you see.

6. If you run into problems, contact me and we’ll figure it out.

7. Email me a link to your module and I will update the index page. (I would gladly welcome anyone that wanted to work on the UX and look and feel of the blog)

Can some brave person volunteer to try it and report back here in the comments?

Any suggestions for the blurb or other items I amy have missed? Chime in! This is going to be very exciting…

Welcome to Exploring PLNs

This week we explore the PLN assignments posted to your blogs. Use this time to read the reports, discover new tools or resources and leave a comment if you’d like on those that inspire you. This is a week I reserved for you all to explore and learn from each other. Think of it as a virtual poster-style session.

Please share a link to your PLN post here in the comments to get everyone started exploring AND if you would like to – tweet your links with our hashtag – I will retweet them. :-)

We will also be moving our individual modules into the archive site – info in just a bit!

Deliverables all the way to the end:

  • Keep your programs running smoothly and prepare for the end of your official program.
  • Consider a group message to your project library thanking them for working with us!
  • Continue thinking about your final reflection for Learning 2.0 projects implementation
  • Learning 2.0 Implementation: May 13, 2013 (Last Day of Classes)
  • Blog Reflection on Course: May 12, 2013


Sharing & Questions for Char Booth

Greetings all! Char and I decided it would be best to do our Q&A virtually after a couple of weeks of mishaps and issues with trying to hold our chat.

If you have a question for Char about anything related to class or would like to share your program site and some info – please feel free. I’m sharing this post URL with her.

I can’t believe how the semester is flying by!

Java Issues?

Hey all – Char tried everything to get in our chat and couldn’t. We think it might be the Java issues we’ve heard about.  So sorry! We cancelled the chat but please email if you have any questions.

PLN Post at TTW

Hey all – take a look at a former #transtech student’s guest post at TTW about the PLN assignment:

As I shared with Kayla in a comment, it might offer inspiration but also look closely at the assignment page to see the various sections to include.

  • Goals Statement
  • Defined Scope
  • Resource Network (Note: Building an online resource via sites such as Netvibes, iGoogle or ScoopIt can be an optional add on to the section on your resource network)
  • Problem-Solving/PLN in Action
  • Network Maintenance Plan