Building and maintaining successful online communities takes time and effort. In this workshop we look at the importance of planning your community, different ways of launching it, and after the first flush of enthusiasm, making sure it remains dynamic and vibrant.
Suitable for anyone who wants to run an online community, e.g. a community of practice, a learning community or a community of interest.
Agenda This 5 week online workshop covers the following topics:
Planning your online community : What to consider before you even start
Launching your online community : Different approaches to getting things going
Maintaining your online community : Ways to inspire interesting content and create an ongoing vibrant community atmosphere
Measuring the health and success of your online community : Quantitative v qualitative metrics; activity v performance
Your role as the Community Manager : What skills do you need
Please note this is not a traditional course. It is hosted in our social platform at the Modern Workplace Learning site. Each week a set of activities will be released, together with tips and tools and links to external readings and resources. You are invited to work through these activities as best suits you and fits in with your working life, and share your thoughts and experiences with the group. Please note, there are no synchronous activities, webinars, etc – which means that it is available for any timezone – and nothing is compulsory. You will probably want to commit a couple of hours a week to this, but once again it is up to you how much time you devote to it. The Workshop will be facilitated by me and I will also be available to answer any questions you might have.
So what can you do to bring workplace more in line with modern day personal, independent learning? There are four main ways:
Do the same things but differently – update your existing approaches to face-to-face training and e-learning
Create new things – like new types of resources for on demand access - and use a learning centre/portal to host them
Support social workplace learning – help to run and maintain communities of practice, build social teams to help them work and learn together, coordinate peer-to-peer learning activities - and underpin these activities in the new enterprise social and collaboration intranets and platforms
Support independent learning - encourage individuals with their own independent learning and provide ways to share and report on their activity back in the workplace - as well as help to build the modern learning skills required for continuous learning and personal upskilling.
If you are looking for some advice and support on how to modernize your organisation's approach to workplace learning, then we have got a growing number of opportunities on offer. This includes a series of Summer Online Workshops as follows:
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Communities of Practice have become a bit of buzzword in corporate training recently; everyone seems to be setting them up.
I've been running online communities (of different types) for many years now, and it's important to point out that it requires a different set of skills to set one up and support one than to create a piece of e-learning! What's more, if done properly, it requires a significant time investment in terms of maintaining it on an ongoing basis.
Here are 10 pieces of advice that I give to those who are thinking of setting up an online community.
Be clear about the purpose of the Community
Use the most appropriate technology to host your Community
Be clear about who owns the Community
Invite some friendly early users to test out your Community
Consider a viral launch for your Community
Make sure you show people how participating in the Community can become part of their daily routine
Keep the Community alive and vibrant
Understand that not everyone will contribute to the Community
Be as much a participant as a Community Manager
Do not underestimate the time it takes to nurture a Community