Learning at Work Week

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Learning at Work week is next week from 15th – 19th May and it was a pleasure earlier on this week to have a chat with Julia Wright, the National Director at Campaign for Learning. I’m a fan of the work they do and whilst Learning at Work Week is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of the great things they work on, it’s a useful reminder to us all about the role we all play in life long learning.

Listen in to the interview and find out more on the DPG Community: Learning at Work Week.

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.

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Here’s your story let’s begin

The waters fine come on dive in

The future’s here, its right before your eyes

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I love those tracks that you hear and just feel the need to do something with. When I heard the lyrics of the song sung by a guy called Benji Jackson backed by the awesome upbeat sound of Pink Zebra it was the meant to be. A perfect fit.

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.

How do you measure your social media success?

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It was a question someone asked me quite some time back. The immediate answer that jumped to mind was the obvious choice. The number of people following me. It seems to have become the most important, talked about, single measurement of social media success. I once heard a radio interviewer talking to a phone-in listener commenting on how successful they looked on Twitter based on how many people were following them. The numbers of favourites (now likes) and retweets I also considered as measures that I knew some people used.

It wasn’t till a few days later when I thought more about this. I questioned what it was all about anyway. It’s not about numbers and large followings or fan-bases for me. Nice if it happens in a humble way, but not something personally I chase. Instead, my social media purpose is about conversations, connections, networking, learning and sharing. Those things aren’t measured well by quantity. It takes a quality measure. I reminded myself that I already measured quality in a particular way. I’ll come on to explain that in a short while.

Social Media Tools: How do you use yours?

creme_3547027bI remember the creme egg advert do you? I’d always thought there was only one way, just one to eat a creme egg. Biting the top off and diving right into the contents, ending up in a gooey mess. The advert, if you remember, had vidoes of people attempting to eat their creme eggs in a variety of creative ways. There was more than one. Much more than one! One size really didn’t fit all.

Pretty much, as I’m discovering, like the social media tools we have around us. Many of these tools we are conditioned to use in a particular way. Maybe that’s done deliberately by the platform owners, maybe it’s just how it’s always been and the ‘way it’s done around here’.