Adventures in Social Media: The Class
On March 12, 2010, the Mayo Clinic Libraries released an 8-module, online, self-directed course on social media and Web 2.0 tools to all Mayo Clinic employees. The course was the result of many months of planning and collaboration with Mayo Clinic’s Public Affairs department’s Social Media Team. Designed to introduce even the most tech-skittish Mayo employees to social media and Web 2.0 tools, the course uses an introductory component, hands-on activities, and quizzes to teach employees about Mayo Clinic’s social media guidelines and applicable policies, blogging, RSS, wikis, online collaboration tools, social bookmarking, social networking, and social media sharing. During the first six weeks of the course offering, library staff will provide help and assistance through a live chat feature built into the course web site.
This class was designed in response to requests from individuals across the institution who had heard of or participated in previous Libraries-sponsored social media/Web 2.0 courses. The first of these was the 13-week Mayo Libraries 2.0 course, offered in 2007, followed by 8-module courses designed specifically for faculty of the Mayo School of Health Sciences (2008) and Mayo’s nurse educators (2008/2009). For more information about the Libraries’ previous courses, see the presentations below.