Free online digital skills course

The Western Regional Section of the Library Association of Ireland is running a free online digital skills course, starting in September 2017.  The course is called Rudaí23, the name is a translation to Irish of 23Things, a learning programme designed in 2010 by librarian Helene Blowers for the staff of the Charlotte Mecklenburg library in North Carolina.

The programme is designed to introduce people to new web tools and apps for creating content, collaborating, networking and sharing your work. While there is a library focus to much of the content we think there are tools within the course that are widely applicable in Higher Education.  The program consists of 23 modules which will be delivered free and online via the course website:

Participants can choose which modules to complete and earn up to 5 digital open badges for satisfactory completion of all tasks.

  1. Visual Communicator
  2. Online Networker  
  3. Critical Thinker
  4. Engaged Professional
  5. CPD Champion.

The course brochure contains information on the time required to do the course as well as information on the module content. We encourage anyone interested in doing this course to speak to your supervisor about allowing time to complete it. Online learning is a valuable part of continuing professional development and can be a viable alternative to attending conferences or training if distance or financial constraints are impeding factors for you.

Registration for Rudaí23 begins on the 28th of August and the first module will begin on the 9th of September and for now we invite you to subscribe (add your email address) to the Rudaí23 blog to be notified of new content.

You can also follow the course on Twitter @rudaí23

This course, including the open digital badges that you earn, is certified by the Library Association of Ireland and can be used in your CPD portfolio.

The course was designed and will be delivered and moderated by Michelle Breen (UL), Niamh O’Donovan (Galway Public Library), Kris Meen (NUIG), Stephanie Ronan (Marine Institute), Saoirse Reynolds (MU), Siobhán McGuinness (SLA) and Wayne Gibbons from GMIT.