Monthly Archives: September 2010

KM+eLearning+web2.0

I first got interested in the links between Knowledge Management and Learning as part of my MBA studies with the Open University 10 years ago. However, for me, this is as current now as it was then!

In the last few weeks, I have been putting together a number presentations and also contributing to an article to be published in the November edition of KM World, all of which suggest there has been renewed interest in how KM, Learning and Social Networking/Learning are becoming a big part of how we learn today.
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One area I feel strongly about is the use of Collaboration technologies and Social Networking tools to enable our people to actively share information. Unfortunately, all too often, these tools are not accessible within the firewall. I also believe that the best “home” for such technologies lies within the area of Human Capital Managament rather than IT or Corporate Communications.  And the reason for this? Context. eLearning people used to say “Content is King” – not any more! “Context is the new King!”
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With the tools we have already, we have the ability to create “Communities of Practice” on the fly, based on information we already hold such as location, job, attendance of a training course or a shared competency/skill requirment. You cannot set up a group to for an abstract purpose - people need a context and a motive to share so give them the technology that enables this in the same way many of them do outside of the workplace. And remember that if you hire me, you are also hiring my network!

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I’ll be presenting on this at the following events over the next month or so and hope to meet at least one person who read about it here!:

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“Wake up to Learning” Morning Seminar, 19th October, The Mayfair Hotel, London

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Learning & Organisation Devleopment Directors Strategy Meeting, , London,November

Saba People 2010

In additon to a presentation slot, I have now also been confirmed as a panelist at Saba People 2010 for:

Collaborating in Your Enterprise:  Managing Change:  A Conversation with Thought Leaders

Collaboration is a hot topic in the enterprise and so is the topic of getting people to use the tools you provide. Change Management is never easy, particularly in an era of empowered users who often know as much about collaboration as the IT department.  Attend this session and participate in a lively discussion about best practices in managing collaboration in your enterprise.

Looking forward also to a few glasses of Boston’s finest!

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