Experiment, tactics and learnings from Twitter

Introduction

Is the experiment over? Have you changed tactics? What have you learned? They’re great questions and much appreciated. Thank you. Seeing as they’ve been asked, they deserve an answer. I’ve been thinking about these over the past few weeks before starting to re-follow on Twitter.

Is the experiment over?

The thing is unfollowing everyone on Twitter was never an experiment. It was a new and much needed way of working, one that’s worked out really well. I’ve pondered for a few weeks about changing it and it’s a change I’m already finding challenging. But there’s a reason for me doing so though so I’ll persevere. If it doesn’t work out I can always revert back. I’ll come on to why the re-following in a while, but me doing so is an experiment.

How are you developing your digital skills?

More than 12 million adults in the UK lack basic digital skills. That’s according to the work of Go ON UK and later Doteveryone  over several years. They’ve been working hard to highlight this problem and how it affects both individuals and our workforce as a whole. The need for basic digital skills is now widely recognised. There’s been a recent announcement that this work has been handed over to the Tech Partnership, an organisation that has a track record of bringing people together to address critical digital issues. They will lead the next phase of working to create skills for the UK’s digital economy .

As L&D and HR professionals, it’s important we consider our own digital skills. Our people are already using technology in every area of their lives outside the organisation. We must take advantage of the ever growing technology that is available to help our organisations thrive.

Creating a personal knowledge store using Slack

In my role as a Digital Learning Specialist, one of the challenges I find is keeping up with all the knowledge needed to do my job. Digital is massive. There’s so much to learn with the software I use. Videos, animations, audio, instructional design, virtual classrooms, social platforms, collaboration tools the list goes on and on. It seems like every day there’s something new to get my head around. Because there is so much to learn, there is also a lot to remember. It’s just not possible to keep all this in my head.

How will you harness the secret online lives of your managers?

If you are interested in developing people and helping them to be the best they can be, I believe it’s worth spending some time with this article and the links in it.

A couple of weeks ago a new report was released by our friends at Good Practice. It’s called the Secret Online Lives of UK Managers and presents findings on data gathered from 504 UK managers. The report explores the role the internet and social media play in the lives of today’s managers and how they use these to solve business challenges. But what does this information mean to Learning and Development?

In a webinar hosted by the Learning and Skills group, Peter Casebow from Good Practice summarised the findings of the report and what they mean to L&D in four bullet points.

Keeping your children safe in a digital world

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He was just eight years old when Mum and Dad decided to go away for the weekend and leave him in the house on his own.

‘Do what you like whilst we’re away and have anyone you like around. We’re not leaving you a key so don’t bother locking the door. If you do go out, go anywhere you want with whoever you want. Trust everyone and come back when you like, if you like.’

What a load of nonsense. You’ll be pleased to hear this story is made up. There can’t possibly be a parent in their right mind that thinks this is right. But, whilst we all agree this made up scenario should never happen, the sad thing is in real life, amazingly it does. Not in the context of ‘in real life’, but in the context of digital and online.

Twitter Lists: A guided tour

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It’s been a week since my new way of working with Twitter began. I’ve had a few questions here and there about how it all works. I’ve put together the video below that gives a sneak peak behind the scenes of what my new Twitter looks like.

I’m not for one minute suggesting everyone follows this exact same blueprint. The video does however give a useful introduction to get you thinking about how you could make Twitter lists work for you.

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