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Social Learning - Playing Guinea Pig

July 13th, 2012 Martin Raske No comments

Recently I started a self-motivated experiment. As I am about to implement what I call "Learning Experience" - and what in fact is a huge change initiative to change the company's learning culture - I thought I should grab the chance that Jane Hart (see my blogroll) gave me and attend a two-week workshop on her "Social Learning Centre". The workshop is run by Harold Jarche and the title is "From Training to Performance to Social".

The concpet of this workshop: "In this workshop there are 6 (web-based) assignments (3 each week)  that provide an introduction to the topic with links to additional reading (if desired), as well as individual activities and a group discussion. "

Attending this workshop was very inspiring and I took away 4 main learnings:

  • Stick to the simplest instructional design you can think of. Participants have to read blog entries of the facilitator's blog and comment on his ideas and inputs. They can - if they want - share their own ideas too, which is called 'narrating' their own experience. That's it.
  • Do not bother to define learning goals. When I asked Harold, our facilitator, about the learning goals and the instructional idea behind the chosen approach, he pointed me to the marketing slide where it says "In this workshop there are 6 (web-based) assignments (3 each week)  that provide an introduction to the topic with links to additional reading (if desired), as well as individual activities and a group discussion." This is not a learning goal, it is the concept and that should suffice.
  • Do not get engaged in discussions with your participants. When I asked the question about the goals in the group - and if we could discuss and share our ideas and motivation to attend this workshop - I was told off in public by both Jane, the owner of the platform, and Harold, the facilitator of this workshop. They reminded me to just read the input and stick to the assignments.
  • No social skills required in a virtual environment. Because I felt bad, having been told off in public, I wrote a private message to Jane Hart, asking her why she reacted like this. Her answer was: "We try to address all learner needs but this is a simple, and very cheap workshop based on a model that tries to encourage written participation."

This approach seems to be very successful, as Harold points out in this article:

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7 Tips for Job Seekers

February 24th, 2011 Martin Raske No comments

Social Media is changing the world. I guess we agree on that.

When I started to get involved with Social Media my motivation was to see what it could do for corporate learning. In the meantime I am also investigating what it can do for the whole HR function and the whole employee lifecycle. An interesting blog article I found comes from Kelly Dingee: She shares "7 Things Employers Should Tell Job Seekers About How to Get Considered":

Categories: All The Rest, Web 2.0 Tags: , , ,

Social Media - Changing the way we work

September 3rd, 2010 Martin Raske No comments

The discussion is not brand-new, but the discussion seems to accelerate in the corporate world: How do we deal with the fact that more and more people start using Social Media in- and outside the work context? What does this change mean for us as professionals, what does it mean for a company?

In my opinion especially training professionals are challenged: They have to somehow leverage the gap between the generations - however you want to define them (I don't by age but by mind-set). Here the 'digital-savvy' there the 'digital dinosaur', both in the same training session, prepared to learn relevant content or behaviour for their job. Even though training professionals always knew that people learn differently, I think the change that happens at the moment is an important one. It is probably not enough just to integrate Youtube Videos into a traditional training setting to be up to date.

These and other topics were touched upon at the following workshop:

The Value of Twitter

June 16th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

Twittering is like hugging. Just because it's hard to measure the return on investment doesn't mean there isn't value there.

a tweet from @zappos

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June 15th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

These days there's a big Twitter Conference going on in NYC. I can't be there, that's why I follow it on (great map-feature) and on @14conf

So far I don't read and hear a lot of content about twitter. But the many visitors of the conference tweet a lot about their trip to NYC and about the tweetups they plan for the pre-conference night. For the time being it rather supports what many are thinking of Twitter: A lot of irrelevant noise.

Time Spent - seize the day

June 13th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

What is your typical day like? How do you do all you do with elearning learning, elearning technology, techempower, work literacy and all the consulting and still remain profitable while having a LIFE? Ok, so that is more than one question, but hopefully you get the drift. What are your thoughts here?

I think I understand where this question of the month is coming from: Technology needs time. If you try to stay up with the developments in the web 2.0, if you try to implement some of this new ideas to your work environment, if you try to also have some kind of a family life, then it is only a matter of time until this question pops up: How do you do all this in 24 hours?

My typical day is rather traditional:

I get up at 6 am and if I am lucky I'm in the office half past seven - most of the time it's eight. I work until eleven thirty and then go and have lunch with my team - a typical Swiss thing to do: You go out to have lunch. If you need to have lunch at your desk, you are considered to have an issue with organizing your day well enough and you could easily be sent to a personal effectiveness seminare. - At noon or shortly after we are back in the office and I keep working until 6.30 pm. I want to make sure to be back home no later 7.30 pm, so I can have supper with my family. From 8.30 pm on, when the kids are in bed, until midnight, when I go to bed myself, there is still plenty of time to do things - most of the time do my social networking, blogging, twittering etc. etc.

My office days are packed with meetings - face to face, video conferences, telephone conferences, one on one's, phone calls, virtual classrooms. You could argue that a lot of these activities are some kind of social networking - with a given business objective and within the company. However, there are days when I only sit at my desk for 1 or 2 hours. During this time there's no chance for me to blog or network socially. My main working tool still is email. I get between 50 and 100 relevant emails a day. Relevant meaning I have to read them and have to answer most of them - if I find my 10 seconds it needs to send a tweet I'm lucky.

Another reason why most of my web 2.0 activities happen outside the office hours was mentionned by Jenise Cook: IT Security. There are very tight firewalls in our company that would not allow access to many web 2.0 tools. Many websites are blocked off. I always have a private netbook with wireless internet connection sitting at my desk, so I can at least follow some of my favourite websites, blogs and tweets, but it's not at all integrated in my daily routine.

My philosophy is: 24 hours are a given. It's not worth complaining about it beeing too little or too much. It is up to me, what I make with this time:

Carpe diem.

WissensWert Blog Carnival No. 5 - Why do you twitter?

June 12th, 2009 Martin Raske No comments

The question of this month's blog carnival on is "Why the heck do you twitter?"

I'm a late joiner. WhenDidYouJoinTwitter? tells me that I joined Twitter on January 16th, 2009. At this point the whole world was talking about Twitter. The newspapers were full of it and even on TV they discussed microblogging. I am a late joiner, but I quickly enjoyed it.

I twitter because...

...I wanted to find out about all kind of social media tools. In early 2009 I signed up for all kind of web 2.0 tools that I could find, just to find out, what was going on in the world. I had the impression that by concentrating on traditional e-learning for quite a while - ten years actually - I had missed some recent developments in the real world and I still feel too young to be left behind.

...I realized that it does not take much of my time and still I could start playing a role in the web 2.0 community. A tiny one, yes, but a role. And very early I realized that it is so easy to get in contact with people you don't even know in person by using Twitter. And that brings me to the next reason.

...Connecting with people you know and people you don't know was never easier.

...Virtual communities are vital communities. I still hear many people say: I would rather meet someone in person than to only be in virtual contact with them. And I always say to them: Why do you think this is an either-or decision? For me it's an AND-situation.

...I believe that companies could profit from it in many ways.

...I am a gadget guy. I have my BlackBerry and my cell phone always with me. And I have a netbook and a laptop and a desktop and another laptop and an old laptop too. In other words: I am almost always online - why not use this fact to talk to the world - if the world wants to listen?

...Even though everybody does it, not many people do it - and where I come from, you don't find many tweeting birds. Which makes me an early bird even though I am a late joiner - nice contradiction.

...It's fun to talk to the world and thinking that maybe someone even reads my thoughts.

...I have had a few feedbacks now from vendors and service providers who want to do business with me and who know a lot of what I think and what I need and what I don't like. And what's really funny: They even told me: 'Don't put me on your Twitter after our meeting.' Isn't that fun? Makes you feel very powerful.

...It's much easier to let my friends know what I do - if they would want to know.

...I just feel I should be part of the 1% that contributes to building our www.

...Otherwise nobody would ever find my blog.