Personal Social Learning Skills
I last reviewed my social learning skills in March 2014 when I commenced the Social Learning Practitioner Program. In this time I have become a regular user of Twitter for professional development and networking, and shared examples of my work as an organisational learning practitioner on this blog and through webinars and conference presentations. My post on Becoming A Social Learning Practitioner summarises key social learning activities and tools that I now use on an ongoing basis. Of these, the ones I use most often are:
* Twitter – for fluid networking, sharing of resources, participation in Twitter chats and conference backchannels
* Feedly – a reader that collates posts on blogs that I follow plus presents resources from Google Alerts that I have set up
* Diigo – to bookmark links and summaries of online resources on topics I am researching, or that I may want to use in future
* Evernote – to gather my thoughts on topics and projects
I particularly enjoyed Harold Jarche’s online Personal Knowledge Management course (PKM in 40 days) and find the seek-sense-share model a useful framework to organise my ongoing learning activities. I would like to improve my learning by establishing a daily / weekly / monthly routine of seek-sense-share and ‘housekeeping’ activities.
I have also become more resourceful in using the internet to find resources to learn new skills or address performance problems. I also draw upon my larger, more diverse professional network to seek specific resources or answers to questions. Opportunities have started to arise to collaborate online with others, and I’m looking forward to co-hosting an asynchronous Twitter book chat #LrnBk commencing 19 January
Team Social Learning Skills
I have been applying my social learning skills in my workplace and introducing some of the tools and practices to the Capability Community in my business unit. In the ten months since I last reviewed my team’s social learning skills the group has largely continued to communicate and support each other in the same way – via email, phone and teleconferences.
We upgraded from SharePoint 2010 to 2013 mid last year, and have been migrating shared files from servers to SharePoint document libraries. This has moved us to a common document repository, and increased sharing of links to documents and document-centred collaboration. A OneNote notebook has been added to our SharePoint site which we have started using like a wiki to keep meeting notes and project status information. These are extensions of existing ways of working, hence not a big leap for the group to take.
Working Out Loud is a bigger change in behaviours and work practices. There has been a slight increase in people talking about what they are working on and sharing resources using SharePoint, and we have completely replaced status reporting with knowledge sharing in our fortnightly Lync meeting/teleconference sessions.
Common comments about Working Out Loud online reflect the need to build desire, support new behaviours and develop skills across the group to fluidly use our online space to connect, share resources, and collaborate to solve problems and improve work practices. I shall soon post about the Work, Connect and Learn guided social learning program that we will launch in mid-February to enable this.