e-learning for social programs and community initiatives
There are a lot of causes or issues in the world and we often see...Read More
One of the real workplace challenges (I think), is figuring out how to train “soft skills” using e-learning. You know soft skills: customer service, communication, negotiation, etc. Many of theses skills are actually better suited to more traditional methods. But e-learning can play a role. I think, you have to have a degree of risk tolerance to do it. And, it can be more than the distance learning model (do your own assignments and contribue to the discussion forum), but not necessarily as elaborate as Second Life (although that is a real option, too). I think it’s just hard to know where to start.
Well, worry no more. One of the tools that I have been playing with is Ning to create a network. What Ning does, is creates a specific social network (like creating your own mini Facebook), and allows you to share things with a group of like-minded people. For example, learning how to give performance feedback takes practice, reflection, sharing of techniques, and many other active methods, which can be harder to emulate with e-learning. With Ning:
Will it replace traditional learning? Probably not, but I am excited by the prospects that it offers. I’ll bet in your organization, there’s someone who has dabbled in this type of stuff and could be seconded to build a pilot project for you just to try it out. Maybe you are someone who is open to trying something. If you are into sports, outdoor activities, work with a service organization, non-profit group, or have a hobby, then consider building your own network first and test it out. It may not catch on in your organization, but you never know.
Has anyone reading this used Ning before? I’d love to hear your experiences.