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e-Learning 2.0: Coming to an Enterprise Near You--Or is It?

Over at The eLearning Guild Research blog, Steve Wexler has been sharing some of the research we've been looking at to prepare the Guild's e-Learning 2.0 report, due out in late September. I've had a chance to see all of it because I'm co-authoring an essay that will be included in the report and there's some very interesting stuff there. These are some nuggets that Steve's shared so far that are worth a closer look:

  • Many people cannot access social networking sites at work--an even bigger problem at large organizations .Not surprisingly, the sites that tend to be blocked are YouTube and social networks like Facebook and MySpace. But when you consider the experiences of companies like Serena, you have to wonder what these organizations are thinking. I suspect that they're worried that people will be wasting time at work, but I can do that without YouTube or Facebook. Is anyone blocking Solitaire or the many pointless conversations that are held in cubicles everywhere?
  • Some interesting differences between Millenials and 30+ workers in terms of using social media. Blogs, wikis, social bookmarking and RSS are definitely bigger sellers with the younger crew, than with those over 30. Interestingly, though, these are the more "passive" activities of Web 2.0. People are READING blogs and wikis pretty regularly, but they arent commenting on or editing them. We still have a way to go with the interactive aspects of social media, which to my mind are the primary reasons for using these tools for learning.
  • Some different ideas on how e-Learning 2.0 is entering organizations. There's some debate among the team members about whether training professionals are driving the change or if social media has already entered the building in a big way and training professionals just don't realize it. The cynical side of me thinks it's probably the latter. My experience in organizations has been that often the training folks are the last people to know what's going on in terms of how people are doing their work unless there's a specific need to deliver a training event. I could be wrong, though, as the majority of e-Learning professionals who responded to the Guild survey indicated that they thought they'd be driving the e-Learning 2.0 train.

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Thanks for the info. I have felt this for some time. As an Instructional Designer trained in 2.0 methods, I rarely have opportunities to use my skill for learning, documentation, or collaboration. I am most often contracted for ERP systems training or ILT. It is very frustrating.

When I read this I checked... and yes solitaire is blocked here!! hehehe :-)

Fortunately I've managed to convince the techos to unblock all of the fun web stuff.

Michele,
I do believe that nothing is blocked at our school other than the usual pornography filters on the regional proxy. YouTube, Twitter and the rest are all available.

I am 50 yet I have taken to these tools hook, line and sinker. I guess my background in educational technology and instructional design is reason enough for that. I was keeping an online 'diary' back in 2000 and blogging seemed to be a natural direction to take.

Yet, here I am at 50 and so many of the teachers that attend my workshops are half my age or younger. I must seem like a strange old dude to some of them.

As a part time provider of pd I thought it was essential to get teachers on to the tools, tactics and strategies as soon as they came out. Get them in early.

Yes, we need to push the interactivity. Remember your blog post last June about Posterous? I do! That was such a timely post Michele. I have been pushing that tool left, right and centre and they are about to introduce features that will make it an even greater tool for educators. That will get them publishing and interacting.

Cheers,

John

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