Over the past three summers, I’ve run a self-directed, online learning program called Learn Camp. Based on the 23 Things project created by Helene Blowers.

Originally created as a way to help others get up to speed with newer digital tools by actually using those same tools in the process. Although the topics have evolved a little each year the gist has always been the same. Everyone should be familiar with and comfortable using social media, establish an online presence (you already have one it’s just a question of whether or not you want to control what comes up when people search for you) and share things you’re learning and working on.

I have to confess that I had an ulterior motive. I wanted to put some theories into practice and use Learn Camp as a sort of learning lab. Can I set this thing up so that it’s largely self-running? Can I connect the weekly lessons posted on the blog to a MailChimp mailing list? Can I do it all with freely available tools? Will anyone actually participate?

A special thanks to Mark Britz, JD Dillon and Allison Michels for sharing their wisdom via Learn Camp webinars.

I think the whole process might make a good conference session? One way or another I’ll find a way to document and share how I built everything and what I learned along the way.

This week we covered working out loud, which, of course, featured the great work or John Stepper and Jane Bozarth.  So of course, if I’m talking the talk, I’ve got to walk the walk –which is how we all got here. 8-]

I’d love to hear from you if you have any questions. Thanks for stopping by!