I was recently asked what I thought were the trends in workplace learning over the last 5 years. As I thought about it I visualised it as a comet with what I saw as the new trends blazing at the front (in the nucleus) and other workplace trends trailing back over the last 15 years or so. To see the graphic I produced as well as read a brief textual explanation, visit my latest post at the Learning in the Social Workplace blog.
Becoming a successful business in the networked era will require more than just the adoption of social technologies. Developing, supporting, and encouraging people to use a range of new social workplace skills will be just as important.
As we move into the last few weeks of voting in the 7th Annual Survey of Learning Tools, which will result in the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013, I thought I'd follow in Harold Jarche's footsteps and list my own top 10 tools.
Top of my list is Twitter - for me it is the place where I can quickly and easily keep up to date with what is happening with my colleagues and connections around the world. This is where I constantly learn about how the world of work and learning is changing. If I could only choose one tool, this would be the one. However, I should add that Tweetdeck is the tool I use to manage my timeline and interactions, as well as the hashtag streams I follow.
But here are the other 8 tools in my list - although not in any particular order:
I have Skype open constantly on my desktop and have ongoing as well as ad hoc conversations - both text and video - with my colleagues and clients, here too. Whilst Yammer is the place where I interact privately with many people in their organisational networks (as I help them build their Enterprise Learning Networks), and where Harold and I host our own online social workshops offered through the Connected Workplace service.
I keep up to date with hundreds of subscriptions to blog and website feeds using Feedly - and this has now replaced Google Reader as my feed aggregator of choice.
I use the self-hosted version of Wordpress as the engine for all my (learning) websites and blogs. It is very easy for me to add new Wordpress installations through cPanel at my hosting site, whenever I want to set up another website. The number of different customisable themes available means I can give each of them an individual look, and I use many of the plugins to provide them with extra functionality.
PowerPoint is my workhorse tool. I use it not only to create presentations but also to create charts and (info)graphics. I also use Poll Everywhere so that I can ask questions of my audience - who can respond using Twitter or on their mobile phones. I then use Slideshare to host and share my presentations; and my most popular slidesets on Slideshare have undoubtedly been those listing the Top 100 Tools for Learning over the last few years.
The annual Top 100 Tools for Learning list has become very popular. The 2011 list has now been viewed over 880,000 times (on Slideshare), and the 2012 list over 550,000 times (on Slideshare). The list was also cited in KPCB’s 2013 Internet Trends presentation (viewed over 2.3 million times)
The Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 list will again be compiled from the contributions of learning professionals worldwide.
Voting for the Top 100 Tools for Learning 2013 - the 7th annual survey - is currently underway and closes at midnight GMT on Friday 27 September 2013.
Have you had your say yet? All you need to do is name your own top 10 tools for learning. You can either tweet me @C4LPT your top 10 tools or if you want to do it privately, use the voting form here, where voting guidance is also available.