7 Tips To Foster A Supportive Online Learning Community In Online Training

Your corporate learners should feel like they’re part of an active online learning community to get the personalized support they need. In this article, I’ll share 7 tips to get your corporate learners involved and facilitate online collaboration among your virtual audience.

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6 Tips To Incorporate Problem-Based Scenarios Into Your Sales Online Training

Is your sales team getting the hands-on experience they need in their online training experiences? In this article, I share tips on how to incorporate problem-based scenarios into your sales online training program.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Web what?

A numbering system has been in place on the ‘web’ for a while, and I knew about some of these … but what number are we up to now, and why? So;

  • Web 1.0 – I’ve known this as the ‘broadcast’ or ‘static’ web, where only large organisations or websites ‘broadcasted’ news and views to the listening public on static webpages.
  • Web 2.0 – The growth of the internet meant the shift in ownership of websites from large to small organisations, and to indivuduals – the social web. For me the strength in Web 2.0 was the voice and narrative shifted to the individual and gave them a medium for their own opinions and entrpreneurial activities.
  • Web 3.0 – The symantec web, the redistribution or decentralisation of search and media.
  • Web 4.0 – I’ve read some arguments about whether the ‘shift’ to mobile really needs it’s own nomenclature, but the advent of the app-economy and our phone’s ability to be so much more than just a phone is one that has enabled a connectivity and networking beyond the previous versions … the ‘always on’ generation.
  • Web 5.0 – In 2009 Tim Berners-Lee talked about the ‘symbiotic’ web as the next development, highlighting the interactino between human and computer – is this the AI in things like chat boxes on banking or commerce websites?

What I’m interested in is what the last 18 months of a global pandemic have done to alter or speed up the development of web technologies. Commerce and retailers are more common and more important to many people’s daily lives than before the pandemic (even if you could get a delivery slot for your groceries, you weren’t guaranteed to get everything you ordered), but so have tools designed to communicate and network – Zoom, Teams, FaceTime, WhatsApp, etc.

During this time the emphasis has also been on data, as well as health and education – education in terms of home-schooling, and health in terms of mental and physical health. Data, on the other hand, underpins all this … what data is collected and what is it being used for? On a daily basis, we’ve seen data (mis)used across countless news broadcasters and governments about the number of Covid cases and hospitalisations. Whether we believe the numbers, or how the numbers are being portrayed, the data itself has become very important.

So, my question is this. Has the direction of the internet’s development changed since March 2020 and the start of the Covid pandemic? If so, how? Retailers like Amazon have profited during the pandemic, so a return to the early boom of internet retail, but the massive growth of tools like Zoom or Teams for schools and families to stay in touch is a throwback to the start of the social web.

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Employee Orientation Training: Returning To The Workplace Post-Lockdown

In 2021’s post-lockdown workplace, the “new normal” comes with a lot of new workplace conduct rules. Are your employees psychologically and physically prepared for their return to a socially distanced workplace? What can you do to ease their transition?

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

Lessons from my 2021 Social Media blackout

My last post, on July 5th, was to announce I’d be off my blog, Twitter, LinkedIn and, for the most part, Facebook too from July 9th. This was to be my first ‘official’ social media blackout where I not only log out of work apps on my phone and tablet (and delete to make it harder to check) but also a concerted effort to stay away from the temptation of just being in the background and ‘lurking’.

So, two weeks later, I’m back. Well, on my blog at least. Well, I’ve written this. But not yet on Twitter or LinkedIn (kinda – I posted a few updates on the posts I’ve been editing for the ALT blog. This is what just over two weeks blackout did to/for me:

  • I hadn’t realised I got all my news from Twitter. Therefore being off Twitter meant I had no idea about the floods in Germany, the ongoing mess in the UK around vaccinations and Covid, the media hype around the Tokyo Olympics (and other sporting events) during a pandemic, etc. On the upside, I wasn’t constantly bombarded with news about Covid in the UK, and the utter shambles the UK is being dragged through by a bunch of incompetent arses who are supposed to be protecting the population, not gambling with their lives!! Oh boy, I have not missed that – doomscrolling!! Eww!
  • I checked my private emails and some basic Facebook activity during the blackout as this is the only contact I have with some people but, even my normal setup for work-related apps (no notifications, but logged in) meant I would be tempted to check. Deleting them was much better than just logging out. That one time I was so bored I was tempted to check I just couldn’t be bothered to go through all the hassle of downloading the app again and going through 2FA to ‘just peek’. Ah-ha! See, it worked!!
  • If I had been job hunting then logging out of LinkedIn would have been a really difficult decision (I’ve been there before… family holiday and job hunting, whilst not in work, are not happy bedfellows. If this is you, I sympathise with you and wish you all the best), I get a lot of my work-related reading materials from what people share on LinkedIn, so I found myself quite cut off from all things #EdTech.
  • I read more. Much more. Five books, to be precise. I prepared in advance … I bought the three-book series of Shadow and Bones (it may be a Netflix show, but I wanted to read the books), and finished them, then started on the Percy Jackson set my kids got earlier this year and hadn’t started. Not hard reading I grant you, but it took my mind off life and helped me relax. That was all I wanted.
  • I had time with my family. Evenings playing games or watching TV instead of glued to my (and them to theirs) phone. I walked much more (before I twisted my knee and had to rest up. Damn you knee!!), and enjoyed the fresh air as I always have done.

I’ve logged back into the apps, downloaded those I needed to, and even before I open them and see what is going on I know I’m going to be worse off for it. Twitter, and lately LinkedIn, have become places I actually started to avoid before the blackout … Do I really want to go back there?

If I’m NOT going back to Twitter or LinkedIn, then I do need to work out a different strategy for me to get my daily news (a balanced view, not from one source), blog posts and interesting articles that are shared through or by my network, and key work or research around the field of online learning and education technology. I don’t know how or where that will be, but I’ll keep you posted.

If you even read this … perhaps this will kill off my blog too? If I’m not sharing on Twitter or LinkedIn, will anyone even find or read this? Or anything I publish in the future? Does it even matter … ? Ooh, that’s deep!

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Facts and Stats: The Science And Data Supporting Successful Collaborative Learning Strategies

Science tells us that active learning driven by human interaction and collaboration leads to higher rates of achievement for learners. That’s why, in contrast with traditional passive learning methods, organizations of all kinds need to embrace Collaborative Learning techniques.

This post was first published on eLearning Industry.

The role of learning in employee experience

Ich bin kein Freund von Sätzen wie “creating happier employees through better learning experiences”. Trotzdem ist dieser Guide (21 S.) des englischen Bildungsanbieters Kineo lesenswert. Denn er verbindet aktuelle Schlagworte zu einer runden Story: Zu Beginn werden wir in die Begriffswelt von “employee experience” eingeführt (“employee experience is in every interaction, every touchpoint, every person and process they come into contact within an organisation”). Learning, heißt es mit Blick auf aktuelle Umfragen weiter, ist ein “critical tool in meeting changing expectations”.

Wenn man gedanklich so weit mitgegangen ist, sind es drei Fragen, die sich aus Sicht des Mitarbeitenden stellen und auf ihre/ seine Experience einzahlen. Die Kineo-Expert:innen verbinden sie gleich mit den entsprechenden Themenfeldern in L&D:
– Do I feel welcomed and supported? … Onboarding
– Am I growing and developing? … Career Development
– Do I feel part of something bigger than myself and my team? … Social Learning

In einzelnen Kapiteln wird anschließend kurz ausgeführt, wie sich Onboarding, Career Development und Social Learning gestalten lassen und wie Kineo auf diesem Weg unterstützen kann. Aber das Marketing konzentriert sich auf die letzten Absätze …
Kineo, 22. Juni 2021