Tuesday, 22 June 2010

Interesting social learning discussion

Today Jon Ingham hosted a webinar on social learning. Here is the Twitter back channel - which is well worth a look.

Play in learning

Social learning ramblings

UPDATE: Check out this post about businesses becoming more open.

Just some ramblings . . . 

  • If you are going to provide tools that enable your employees to talk to each other and the wider world then you are going to have to trust them. 
  • Communication underpins knowledge sharing and collaboration so if you want employees to do this online you will have to accept that you you and your colleagues will be able to see their dialogue.
  • Organisations that trust their employees are likely to be more open and have a stronger relationships at manager level (between managers and managers and their teams)
  • Social learning cannot succeed in command and control organisations (where control = lack of trust in employees)
  • Learning takes place at all levels in a successful organisation - as organisations themselves are constantly learning (or should be).

Friday, 18 June 2010

Following the Enterprise 2.0 conference

I love Twitter for many reasons - one is to be able to follow and events - check out the stream from the E2conference in Boston - great content, conversation and links.

Need a conference like that in the UK.

Build a learning management system, but will they come?

Good post on the E-learning 24/7 blog looking at how to market a new learning system - I particularly like the rule - Don't call it a learning management system.

What I would add to this post is this: for any system to gain any kind of traction you need to be aware of the barriers to engagement, especially if you previously had an underused LMS.

Factor in the fact that any system is there to enable and facilitate learning so really must have the user at the heart of it. To do this, you need to ensure that you do your homework.

  1. Research the potential users - what do they ewant, how would they use such a system and how did previous iterations fail. Segment user types to get as full a picture as you can - this should be ongoing
  2. Research the stakeholders - what are the business goals for this system, what will success look like and how will this be measured.
  3. Create user personas - imaginary (but based on reality) profiles of typical user types which look at overview of who that person is job role, tasks etc, look at user goals fro LMS and look at business goals - what that person is trying to achieve in their role. Also provide some general info - hobbies, online activity etc
  4. Design the system but include users in the process - take users from the research as they are likely to be more enagaged
  5. Design . . . test . . . build  . . . test . . . and keep challenging your assumptions. And ensure you socialise your developments to your users so they get sight of developments and can provide a useful feedback loop.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

Look what social networkers are doing for brands

Interesting report finding showing how comfortable social networkers are with engaging with products and brands online. I highlight this because the report is highlighting wider behavioural shifts here. And it is these shifts that are important for organisations - our employees are doing this online now. So, how are we enabling those very same people to act in similar ways within the corporate firewall?

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

How to ensure an elearning project fails

Great article on Training Zone (need to log in) by Laura Overton, director of Towards Maturity, on how to ensure your elearning project fails. The main tips for what not to do are:

  1. Take advantage of preconceived ideas (mandate it and make it boring)
  2. Isolate your learner Keep your focus on your priorities – the technology
  3. Put elearning design in the hands of the right people 
  4. Don’t engaging stakeholders too soon 
  5. Focus on cutting cost
  6. Make sure that the solution cannot scale

A social media strategy for learning

Here is a great slide on creating a social media strategy for your business.

Now, think about how you might evolve the slide to create a social media strategy for learning . . . The point here is that the key concepts of social media tools are the same whether you are talking marketing, sales or learning. I'll add my concept when I have done it!

Thursday, 10 June 2010

Creating positive user experiences

Whatever elearning or social learning tools you are using, make sure you focus on the basics . . .

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

Top 125 elearning posts for 2009

Don't you just love lists? I do, and here is a useful one of the top elearning posts for last year courtesy of elearninglearning. [H/T @richchetwynd]