If you are reading this blog post, then you are on your way to completing your first activity for 23 Things!

You can work through each lesson at your own speed and share what you’ve learned on social media platforms as you progress through the program. We suggest that you allocate approximately an hour per week to explore a “Thing”.

How does it work?

To take part, you’ll need to set up your own blog (don’t worry – we’ll cover that in week 2). You can then register your blog with us (we’ll explain that too) and use it to post reflections on the Things and your participation. If you already have a blog, you’re welcome to use that to participate instead.

We’ll add the URL of your blog to the site so that others can engage with you (and vice versa).

Do I have to set up a blog? What happens to it after the program?

Reflective, open blogging is a core part of the program. It is the medium for reflection and for creating the community of participants. A final reflective blog post is also used to demonstrate that you have completed the course.

If you are worried about privacy of your personal data, or of your online professional persona, you can use a pseudonym for your blog (and many of the other tools you register for) if you wish.

You are not required to keep your blog after the program, although we encourage you to continue blogging as a medium for reflective development.

How long do I have to complete the programme?

The programme kicks off with Week 1 on 2nd June 2014 and officially wraps up in August, but we encourage you to participate even if you need a bit more time.

What if I need help?

Please ask! We’ll try to give clear instructions on each thing, but feel free to leave comments on the blog posts with questions, or tweet us with the hashtag #usq23things and we will try to help.

What do I need to do now?

To keep it really simple, this week we have two activities:

  1. Keep reading this post
  2. Have a look at some other examples of “23 Things” that have been used to explore Web 2.0 technologies around the world.

Here are some examples for you to look at:




Please feel free to leave comments below.

8 thoughts on “Orientation

  1. megan cooper

    This looks great, Iknow i’m not one of the annointed but thanks foe letting me be an onlooker, I am really keen to learn ‘in this space’, Megan.

  2. Jacquie McDonald

    Looking forward to participating and having some fun learning with like-minded USQ gang. Tegan, I’m not sure why we can’t post to this blog. It seems odd that we post to our own blog – I expect I’m missing a vital point & all will be explained. Jacquie

    1. Peter Albion

      I’m looking forward to working through the process and learning some new tools and/or wrinkles on old ones. I have a blog at http://dralb.albion.id.au which I’ll use. These days it is mostly a repository for links posted automatically from Diigo but this may be the reason I need to revive it and give it a visual makeover.
      Jacquie asked about why we should have individual blogs rather than contribute to a group/shared blog. For me the answer lies in some of the most recent thinking about the web and education. I’m not sure that Tegan had that in mind in designing this but perhaps there is real prescience at work. Consider these pieces by Ben Werdmüller on the new open web and Audrey Watters on Ed-Tech as a reclamation project, and the work on the domain of one’s own project at University of Mary Washington.

  3. Ray Hingst

    A great way to start reflection with a f-t-f morning tea! I really enjoy the social aspect of reflection and hope that this will extend to the bogg o’sphere.

  4. Kirryn Austin

    I am in exactly the same situation Vivienne, so learning the value of this type of sharing is exactly why I am participating. Looking forward to learning together!

  5. Ken

    What a great start. I hope to follow along and participate in activities. Like some others who have commented, I can be a little reticent about contributing unless I really feel that I have something “important” to say. I suppose that I need to get over myself.

    I noticed that Megan mentioned something about not being “anointed.” I assume that anybody who wants to can participate, post, etc. and just sort of do “things.”

    I do have an blog and I call it Latent Pattern Transmission (I thought it was pretty clever), but I will use the one in this community for my participation here. I tend to use the other one for more “serious” posting, which is probably a BIG mistake. I think that it has reduced the fluidity and fun associated with it. If you were to visit it, you would find that my last posting was on March 1, 2013 (yes it’s shameful) and I cannot just pass it off my inactivity there for being busy. So maybe I will be inspired through participation here with y’all.


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