This post describes the team site we’ve set up on SharePoint 2013 for our internal Capability development team. The purpose of the site is to:
a) Support the work and knowledge sharing of the core Capability Community in our business unit. This is a virtual team consisting of 10 people spread across Australia. This group develop and execute Capability strategy and programs.
b) Publish learning program content other than eLearning which is hosted on other platforms – to which we link from this site. Used by everyone in the Business Unit.
The site front page is a standard template set up when a team site request is approved. We have then designed and setup the site using the standard navigation features and web apps which our IT department has made available to us. Key features and how the site is used are described in the series of labelled screen shots below.
We generally keep all content open for everyone to access, and for all members of the Capability Community to edit. The exception to this is skill assessments and budget information to which we restrict access via permissions.
Front page layout
Front page menu
Academy Training Courses and Assessments
Learning Program Page – Example
What Could We Improve?
A couple of ideas that spring to mind are:
- Adding a Welcome page with a link from front page and moving the Business Unit Director’s welcome message from the National Page to this page. Also linking to the Welcome page from the Academy Training Courses and Assessments page. This would make the Welcome message more accessible to broader audience rather than being tucked away on a page visited almost exclusively by the Capability Community.
- Expanding use of the blog, which is primarily used to communicate regular updates regarding programs we are working on in Capability. We could use it for education about key elements of our Capability strategy, including use of links to internet content. We could also feature people involved in Capability (e.g. operators who are training and assessing others, learners who are completing our programs).
What are your suggestions?