Social networking & the workplace

eFront

Dan Pontefract’s recent blog post on companies (not) allowing Facebook at work has prompted me to dust off the topic of how social helps companies get the business of communicating, collaborating and learning done – and hence the business of business done! What most do not realize is that “some 70% of the extra profit to be made through social technologies has nothing to do with marketing. Social is not a feature. Social is not an application.

8 Things we MUST do in 2013 to seize the potential of mLearning

mLearning Revolution

And what can we say about the acquisition of Instagram by Facebook for a cool 1 Billion dollars earlier this year? However we need more from our Industry and it’s my hope that 2013 will be the year we fully immerse ourselves into what I call the ‘ Post-eLearning era ‘ and seize the potential of mLearning. With that said, here are 8 things I believe we must do in 2013 to leverage mobile and advance mobile learning: 1. Here’s to having an amazing 2013!

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10 resources I enjoyed in February 2013

Jane Hart

Although I tweet links to interesting resources as I find them, and collate them in my 2013 Reading List , the important thing for me about curation is also taking some time to analyse what I’ve found to try and make sense of it all, and consider how it adds to my own thinking and practice. So here is my selection from February 2013. Here are a couple of snippets from two others I found useful reading: Working from home , Nigel Paine, 27 February 2013. Social learning

Open Badges: What it is and Why it Matters

LearnDash

To help accomplish this, the Mozilla Open Badges initiative was born. I could write a few sentences about Open Badges, but I believe the description on their website sums it up perfectly: Get recognition for learning that happens anywhere. With the Open Badges API, users can earn their points and badges across multiple domains, but take their record of achievement with them wherever they go. The concept behind Open Badges just makes sense, and it’s pretty timely.

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Enhance Your Mobile Learning Delivery with 7 Eye-openers.

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They are also keen on accessing social networking sites and streaming or downloading video or audio content via smartphones and mobiles. mLearning has, slowly but surely, been creating a niche for itself in corporate training and learning. Even a decade ago mLearning was being created and utilized for learning – though sparingly. But in the past few years it has emerged as a sustainable learning platform.

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Make the Most of ASAE Annual 2013 Conference: An Interview with Jay Daughtry of Chatterbachs

Association eLearning

Jay is an association enthusiast and social media strategist that brings connections, innovation, and engagement to the Association world. Sarah Lugo: What is your networking secret weapon for ASAE Annual 2013? Okay, seriously, I don’t know how much of a “secret” it is, but it’s social media. social media can be. Social media is the way to extend the conversation before, during, and after a conference. They’re more open to meeting in person.

Top 11 Disruptive E-Learning Technologies For 2013

Learnnovators

Along with the social changes happening around the world in the learning and education domain, these technological changes are going to revolutionize the e-learning domain. In the e-learning scenario, Big Data is the data produced by learners interacting with the learning content and collected through Learning Management Systems (LMS), Content Management Systems (CMS) and other media, including social networks via which the learners interact with our learning programs.

New MOOC Environments: Distributed Open Collaborative Courses

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have lately been moving in different directions. This reworking has given rise to a variety of new MOOC-like courses, including big open online courses (BOOCs), synchronous massive online courses (SMOCs), and small private online courses (SPOCs). One of the more interesting models to emerge is the distributed open collaborative course, aka the DOCC. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

Register now for ScreencastCamp 2013!

TechSmith Camtasia

Mark your calendars for our third ScreencastCamp on August 2 – 4, 2013 ! ” ScreencastCamp is a gathering of screencasters and visual communication aficionados wanting to network, learn, and collaborate on the art of screencasting. It’s created the first day by the attendees in an open learning environment. For ScreencastCamp updates , be sure to connect with us on Twitter or Facebook. The post Register now for ScreencastCamp 2013!

3 Modern LMS Trends

LearnDash

The more popular trends to hit the scene in recent years include: Social Networks & Gamification. Gamification in conjunction with social network integration has become a common scene in the LMS market. Users may want to share on Facebook when they have completed a course, or perhaps tweet their score. Open-Source Code. Today more than ever, the importance of a quality learning management system is being recognized in organizations all over the world.

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eLearning Conferences 2013

Tony Karrer

link] December 3-14, 2012 Open Content Licensing for Educators (#OCL4Ed), organized by the OER Foundation, offered online. link] December 4-6, 2012 International Symposium on Open, Distance, and e-Learning (ISODEL), Bali, Indonesia. link] December 4-7, 2012 International Academic Conference, sponsored by the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences (IISES), Prague, Czech Republic. link] December 5-6, 2012 Social Media Marketing , Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.

How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 2

Your Training Edge

So you are ready to design your own massive open online course (MOOC) and you want to incorporate social media. Since then, social learning tools have exploded onto the market. At a minimum, most MOOCs today use discussion boards, blogs, and microblogs, and many have some kind of dedicated social network. One difference that affects the use of social media is the potential audience and the type of content. Facebook, aka social networking.

TOP 11 DISRUPTIVE E-LEARNING TECHNOLOGIES FOR 2013

Learnnovators

Along with the social changes happening around the world in the learning and education domain, these technological changes are going to revolutionize the e-learning domain. In the e-learning scenario, Big Data is the data produced by learners interacting with the learning content and collected through Learning Management Systems (LMS), Content Management Systems (CMS) and other media, including social networks via which the learners interact with our learning programs.

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I’m here to tell you its not. Social media tools are just another platform we use to learn from each-other and find information serendipitously. We’ve found our own niche in the social media solar system… and it takes our team 30ish minutes a week to fully participate. Whether in our working lives or personal lives, opening up on social media is not everyone’s idea of a good time.

How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 2

Your Training Edge

So you are ready to design your own massive open online course (MOOC) and you want to incorporate social media. Since then, social learning tools have exploded onto the market. At a minimum, most MOOCs today use discussion boards, blogs, and microblogs, and many have some kind of dedicated social network. One difference that affects the use of social media is the potential audience and the type of content. Facebook, aka social networking.

Questions about Instructional Design Careers

Experiencing eLearning

Are there jobs I should lean toward to which are more open than others? When I work with faculty in higher ed, most of the time they are pretty open to creative approaches. I work with a lot of faculty who have no experience with online learning, so they generally are open to my expertise as far as how to use the technology creatively. A: Some corporate cultures are actually quite open and welcoming.

Developing Leaders in the Facebook Age

CLO Magazine

The impact of social media has complicated matters. How we connect — in person, through blogs, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, or through other methods of online collaboration — says more about us than we may realize. The Power of Information Learning Being open, approachable and vulnerable in an age where information can be had in the blink of an eye is a bit like a high-wire balancing act with many moving parts.

5 MOOC Building Platforms

LearnDash

Open MOOC: I find the name of this one to be rather redundant, considering MOOCs is an acronym that contains the word “open” … but jokes aside, it’s a good option for setting up your MOOC offering. Some downsides are that it does require some technical skills to get going, and it doesn’t allow for integration of social networks. One major downside: it’s only for universities in the “Universia network”.

MOOC Analytics: What Corporate Training Can Learn from Big Data

Your Training Edge

MOOCs (massive open online courses) are currently redesigning the educational and training landscape. In January 2013, the Harvard Business Review blog called “the advent of massively open online classes…the single most important technological development of the millennium so far.” Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson. Learn more about Bryant at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bryantnielson. What parts of your training program are the most effective? The least effective?

How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 1

Your Training Edge

Over the past few months, we have explored the social component of massive open online courses (MOOCs) from several angles. We have examined the role of peer learning in organizations and the importance of creating personal learning networks. We have also reviewed the major technology-enabled learning tools that MOOCs use to support social interaction. Some companies are even developing their own internal social media platforms. Social media training.

MOOCs: Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, and Where We’re Headed

Your Training Edge

Massive open online courses (MOOCs) have rocked the world of education probably faster than any other innovation in history. The theory behind this initial MOOC viewed knowledge as distributed and education as a process of building personal learning networks. Consequently, the course was based on open educational resources and peer learning. In the spring of 2012, both Coursera and Udacity opened their virtual doors, with edX following a few months later.

e-Learning budgets: Doing more with less

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Utilize the experience of others to choose the right open-source tool for your requirements. Harness social media. Social media can be a great learning tool and using it judiciously can hasten the learning curve of your learners – while on a shoe-string budget. Most popular social sites like LinkedIn and Twitter are free for access. Most corporations perceive learning to be an essential and ongoing process.

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Facilitators: Make Your Virtual Training Stick

Bottom-Line Performance

Set up an internal social network (a basic Yammer setup is free) and encourage participants to log in and discuss during your webinar. It’s hosted by CIASTD and open to the public. For many organizations, virtual training and virtual facilitation have become the de facto answer to most performance challenges. But just because something is done frequently does not mean it is done well.

Online Training: What's Up With MOOCs?

The Logical Blog by IconLogic

This week I want to focus on Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). A MOOC, at its root form, is open to the public and costs nothing. Then you share your thoughts on the material through blogs and social networks. by AJ George  A few weeks ago I talked about online training and posed the question: How big is too big? If any training method is too big, certainly it would have to be the one with "Massive" right there in its name, right? Well, maybe not.

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How to MOOC: Social Media in the Corporate Classroom, Part 1

Your Training Edge

Over the past few months, we have explored the social component of massive open online courses (MOOCs) from several angles. We have examined the role of peer learning in organizations and the importance of creating personal learning networks. We have also reviewed the major technology-enabled learning tools that MOOCs use to support social interaction. Some companies are even developing their own internal social media platforms. Social media training.

Learning Management Systems: Creating sustainable training support for Corporate Learners

G-Cube

Social Learning Features to encourage collaboration. One of the oft-cited drawbacks of online learning is that it is an isolated event and that the learner does not enjoy the benefits of social interactions. Modern LMSs however have multiple avenues for learners to congregate and collaborate on social platforms like wikis, discussion boards and chat within the confines of the system.

danah boyd ASTD Tech Knowledge Key Note #astdtk13

Learning Visions

These are my liveblogged notes from ASTD Tech Knowledge 2013 Opening Keynote kicking off today January 29, 2013 in San Jose, California. Networked Learned: How Tomorrow’s Workers Will Challenge Today’s Organizations. She has been tudying teenagers for the last decade: from Friendster to Facebook to fragmented apps today of Instagram, Tumblr, etc…. In a networked world why would you only talk to people in your org? now we’re organizing through networks.

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Credly and OpenBadges Integration with BadgeOS!

LearnDash

Digital badges earned using the BadgeOS LearnDash Add-on can seamlessly be sent to Credly where learners store and manage lifelong achievements, and share badges on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, their own blog and other sites — helping to market your courses and programs. Earned badges are Mozilla Open Badge compatible and sharable via built-in Credly support.

10 hot tips for moocers

E-Learning Provocateur

So if you actually want to learn something rather than skate through each subject, it’s up to you to do your prescribed readings, seek more from blogs and journals to enhance your understanding, reach out to your network to ask questions and gather feedback, and generally drive your own education. Having said that, remain open to new ideas that foster other lines of inquiry. Pick a social media platform to support your progress.

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What Can You Expect in 2013?

CLO Magazine

Several trends will drive performance and development in 2013, and learning leaders will need to strategize for mobility. According to a December 2011 issue of Business Insider, the mobile apps analytics firm Distimo said many popular apps were games such as Angry Birds, social networking such as Facebook, Skype and Twitter, and other content such as Google Maps and iBooks. Reinforcing learning can involve cadres of learners who chat on a firm’s social site.

Training and Education for Millennials through Gamification

Your Training Edge

The MTV Network utilized gamification as part of the 2012 presidential election coverage. Fantasy Election 2012 ( [link] ) allowed players to build a fantasy ‘dream team’ of candidates and to compete against others in a virtual league, social media was utilized as a measure of engagement. The employer sees increased socialization and personal satisfaction from the employee all as a result of the gamification program. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson.

Gamify Your MOOC

Your Training Edge

Gamification and massive open online courses (MOOCs) are two of the biggest trends in education. Believe it or not, the lowly progress bar is a very potent game element (just ask LinkedIn). For example, the Mozilla Open Badge project allows instructors to create badges specific to what they teach and students to collect and display the badges they earn across the web. Copyright 2013 Bryant Nielson. Learn more about Bryant at LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/bryantnielson.

Saffron launches new social learning platform

Saffron Interactive

At next week’s Learning Technologies Exhibition Saffron Interactive (Stand 33) will be demonstrating Saffron Share, a corporate social network, personal portfolio and community knowledge base for collaboration and ‘just-in-time’ learning. The product is based on the open source Elgg social networking engine. There are two key advantages to basing this new product on open source technology,’ says Toby Harris, LMS product manager at Saffron.

Defining Organizational Culture

The Performance Improvement Blog

the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group; also : the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life} shared by people in a place or time. the set of values, conventions, or social practices associated with a particular field, activity, or societal characteristic . Jeff Weiner , CEO of Linkedin, defines culture in this way: Culture is who we are.

Top 5 Talking Points from 2013 #LSCon

Unicorn Training

In the second of a two-part blog reflecting on Learning Solutions Conference and Expo 2013 Unicorn CEO, Peter Phillips, looks at the five hottest conference issues - mobile, Tin Can, authoring tools, what's next for the LMS and could websites be the new LMSs? It opens the potential to create much broader learning journeys, and generate much richer MI from the data. What does the future hold for learning?

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Learning in times of Google: two personal experiences

Joitske Hulsebosch eLearning

Another experience: I wanted to learn social network analyse (SNA). Furthermore I am a member of an international facebook group titled "Network weaving'' where I could pose some of my practice questions. Now I am read the book Analyzing Social Networks which was advised in this group. We''ll reflect on our learning in practice by presenting our experiences in November with a Dutch network of networkprofessionals.

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How to MOOC: Technology-Enabled Learning Tools, Part 2

Your Training Edge

and the rapid rise of Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other communications platforms have made one thing abundantly clear: Everything is social. As the workforce grows to include more Millennials – digital natives who spend nearly four hours per day on social networking sites – the social impact on training cannot be overstated. Social bookmarking. Social bookmarks can be shared publicly or they can be limited to a specific set of users.