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.
A while back, I read an article that someone shared with me. It was about using Slack as a ‘personal knowledge store’. Many of us have heard of Slack as being a way to collaborate and communicate across teams. It had never for one minute dawned on me that you could use this team collaboration tool individually, on your own and with no-one else present. But when I sat down and thought about it, it made sense. Slack is divided into channels. I figured I could have one for video skills, one for audio, one for animation, one for social so on and so on, you get the idea.
It’s not that I don’t want to share this stuff with others in my team. I very often do. However, I don’t necessarily want to bombard them with every single resource, article, video, how-to guide that I’ve discovered and fill their channels up with stuff they may never need. Instead, I keep a note of it for myself and build a knowledge library of reference material that I find useful. If it’s relevant I’ll share it with others in other Slack teams or on social for example. I’ll also share it in the future if it crops up for someone else. But I’ll always know where to find it when I need it again in the future either for my own reference or to help others. I no longer need to remember the exact button sequence to sort out that dodgy creased green screen. I just dive into my Slack, search, find, retrieve and use.
It’s been almost a year since I started doing this and it’s built up to be a really useful thing to have on my desktop (and in my pocket). I have 22 channels of useful material there ready for when I need them again. It’s become much more than just digital skills though. I’ve got channels in there that for areas I’m researching or finding out more about generally across L&D.
At the time I first started trying this out, I recorded a video demonstrating how it works. You can find it just here: http://community.dpgplc.co.uk/blog/slack-a-tool-for-your-cpd