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  • Josep Baijet 9:00 am on December 4, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    Training in Business Using Enterprise Social Networks 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    Businesses need to innovate in training systems they use with their employees in order to make training more attractive and effective. I already spoke about the different factors to take into account when trying new ways of training employees in an organization. Today, I will speak about how to innovate while training employees through Enterprise Social Networks.

    There are already busy and crowded virtual societies that communicate through open online social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn. Gradually companies see that it is also very useful for this kind of community created in organizations, are opening and using enterprise social networks that establish mechanisms for ongoing training and socialization between components. 

    The combination of  e-learning with Enterprise Social Networks exhibit one of the most innovative and powerful tools to train people.  At Zyncro we have done learning studies where we see how people, during training activities, continue the activity outside class hours and exchange data, opinions, multimedia content, work, etc., and incorporate the training in their professional daily life and vice versa.

    This makes the training form an integral part of their activity and that content is upgraded on time and with micro information that allows people to have them each day. We often see how to formulate a question in the training group, and another student gives a source of information or a response faster than the tutor himself;  or how a group decides to advance in a certain topic that was not a part of the initial content of the course but everyone agrees that it can be more useful than other parts of the course that was planned at the fast obsolescence of some content. And this can only be done with tools that allow this agility of action. 

    The creation of groups is one of the most powerful features of these tools that allow easy creation of learning groups and the exchange of information at different levels, transverse, verticals and multidisciplinary that give the student the possibility to obtain from each person the most useful and relevant information.

    Another advantage of these types of tools is getting that content to stay in the organization. 

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  • Josep Baijet 9:00 am on November 26, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    6 Factors to Consider in order to Innovate Methodologies in Training for Businesses 

    Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

    Training employees is key to achieving objectives and the innovation necessary to adapt methods to the conditions. To decide how to train our employees today we must take into account diverse circumstances that occur and determine action.

    1. The constant change

    Content changes at great speed and expires rapidly. It is difficult to establish programs and educational objectives when at the same time they are being fulfilled, they are also being changed. 

    2. Innovative Trends

    The businesses that are achieving important changes in employee training use combined processes: classic methods (classroom training or from a distance) and innovative methods (social learning).

    3. Empower the organization thus train the employees

    Work relationships of small duration make it necessary to keep knowledge within the organization. Talent management happens in order for the organization to be the one with the talent and that the people can be the ones to obtain it through informational systems and through the transfer of people. This implies that knowledge is not lost when one person leaves, rather it is kept within the company.

    Let your employees know that having knowledge and training must be a consequence of your organization having it and vice versa.

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  • Virginio Gallardo 9:00 am on April 10, 2013 Permalink | Reply
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    The future of training will be social in communities 

    Estimated reading time: 8 minutes

    Editor’s note: Virginio Gallardo has let us post this article from his blog where he talks about what the new social learning environments in communities will be like. At Zyncro we are prepared for this revolution, what about you?

    We create much knowledge with a high expiration and this forces companies and professionals to reinvent knowledge management, training and business development processes.

    There are things from the past that we should bury in the past forever, because they block new ways of seeing the future. This is especially true in all things associated with what we know of education and training.

    We must learn to live with new concepts like personal learning environments, “gamification”, socialization of learning… although for many these terms are strange and unknown.

    However from all these new ways of learning, I suggest you reflect on the role of Communities, new organizational structures that are not mostly created with educational purposes, but that are the major source of learning in our professional future.

    Social learning, in communities

    In the company, learning in classrooms, memoristic, conceptual, separated from the reality, cognitive, disciplined learning… is disappearing. However, the classroom continues as the basis of business training. We must make the effort to forget this way of undersating education in companies, as the future has little to do with this reality.

    The new ways of learning will be often informal, outside the classroom, without programs, “serendipity”, ubiquitous (in any time and space), cooperative (social, in groups via conversations), participative or inclusive, where we are not just recipients, but also creators of content and ideas (prosumidors).

    Learning will be integrated in our company’s behavior and values as an on-going and collective phenomenon that will affect all us professionals constantly. For this reason, from the company we must ask and help our professionals to create their own personal social learning environments, which in some cases will be closely connected with the company, but on other occasions will be connected with external professionals or systems and educational institutions. The professionals that survive in the future will be socialnetworkers, experts in developing themselves in networks.

    Of all these new phenomena, the most revolutionary way of learning is that you learn with others in collaborative work environments: communities. Usually in technological environments where you connect, share, analyze, question, apply, share, analyze…

    The communities designed for learning are the so-called communities of practice. They are the most well-known: groups created with the purpose of developing a specialized knowledge, sharing learning based on the reflection on practical experiences. This type of community will be created in all companies and in all business environments (commercial, production, management, etc.)

    Many workers will be present in external communities of practice. Faced with the complexity and specificity of the knowledge of many of their workers, they will be trained with external resources, resulting in socially intelligent workers. And this will be done with external academic institutions and platforms, many on the Internet or in external informal groups. Many employees will create their own social learning space on which their professional success will depend.

    However, intelligent organizations will create, above all, another type of community. Communities that are not just used to share internal knowledge, but to resolve business problems, with the knowledge of employees being used to do this. Intelligent organizations will ensure their employees are connected in the network with other professionals, especially within the company.

    More efficient social environments for learning are not environments created to learn

    The most relevent learning theory for the digital era is connectivism, which according to George Siemens establishes that learning starts from the diversity that emerges from connecting people (nodes) and the quality of their connections, where decision-making is itself a learning process.

    The new ways of learning give increasing importance to action and real or simulated decision-making within the network learning process. The communities designed to improve processes, to reduce costs, to increase sales, to analyze new products, will be the communities where the professionals learn the most.

    The learning that will extend in the future will not separate learning and work, it will not separate theoretical learning and real decision-making, it will not separate between communities to learn and those used for decision-making. Communities where the most will be learned, those that will be most used in the future are the communities whose goals are associated with business: communities for improvement, innovation, creation, systemized…

    The goal of these communities is not to develop applied knowledge; the goal is change, the transformation or achievement of goals. They will be created to innovate, although they will be the greatest source of learning for new workers in the digital era.

    These communities will have many characteristics of the communities of practice, but proactivity and distributed leadership and the creation process of ideas to implementation (the so-called idea trip) will be the new bases of success. These communities will be the most mutable and flexible organizational structures, in which there will be roles and decision-making that require the management of complex knowledge thanks to the participation of diverse specialists.

    No, we won’t separate work from learning again. And this will make us think that perhaps there are memories from our childhood that we should not bury in the past forever and that we should remember school and how we learnt there… in the school yard. We will learn like we learnt when we were kids, experimenting, sharing and creating collaboratively, making mistakes and correcting ourselves, to achieve goals.

    Virginio Gallardo is Director of Humannova, a HR consultancy specialized in helping lead innovation in companies and manage the organizational transformation. He is author of the book “Liderazgo transformacional” and coordinator of “Liderazgo e Innovación 2.0”. This post was originally published on “Supervivencia Directiva“, where you can follow his thoughts.

     
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