HR Blog | 12 February 2018

Why your workplace needs collaborative learning technologies

Networking – 400

At Learning Technologies 2018 in London recently, a presenter showed a collage of the most used applications for learning and asked how many the audience had used in the last week in their personal lives. Hands shot up everywhere in the audience. ‘How many have you used in your workplace last week?’ Some hands stayed up, most came down. ‘Wouldn’t we want the tools we find helpful, maybe even love, in our personal lives to enable us in the workplace?’ he continued to a wave of nods in the auditorium.

We’ve picked 5 apps we’re using in the Talentia team and which have allowed us to learn, share and collaborate better.

Learn as part of your team culture

When we were moving offices recently, one member of the ‘task force’ suggested the team use ‘Wunderlist’ to plan, track and communicate as he was using the app in his personal life to get things organised. You may be using similar apps such as Trello or Asana? Most people in the team had never used Wunderlist, but they were open and interested, so they created to do lists to share with each other, assign dates, owners and make sure the right things happened at the right time. With the office move behind us, the team all agree that having a shared task list, which they could update on the go from their mobiles, made their lives easier and we’ll definitely use similar lists again.

Learn from experts

YouTube is the curious person’s treasure trove.
300 hours of video uploaded every minute, almost 5 billion videos watched every single day, over 30 million visitors per day – in the this day of short attention span, the average mobile viewing session lasts more than 40 minutes and it’s increasing year on year. How could we not want to use this source in our professional lives to understand why Excel formula are missing or what GDPR will mean for my company?

At Talentia, we’re currently redesigning our product training for client-facing staff, clients and partners, and it’s one of the occasions where YouTube comes into its own as a valuable source not just of practical questions, but more importantly of inspiration.
#watchthisspace #itsnotallcutekittens

Engage, learn, inspire

Are you on Twitter? Facebook? Pinterest? LinkedIn? Who is inspiring you on the social network(s) of your preference? At Talentia, we encourage the team to follow our clients, key HR discussion drivers and share what they find with one another to learn and inspire.

Compete – playfully

About 275 days ago, a colleague at Talentia said she’d really like to brush up her Italian as quite a few of her key Talentia Software contacts are based in Italy. She had used an app called Duolingo before, but, you know, life happens and you stop. Another person had wanted to learn Greek for many years and teased her that they could do a ‘language off’, if the first person took Italian up again, the second would start Greek. Do I need to say more? They started the same day (after the Greek keyboard was installed on the mobile in question) and – much to the rest of the team’s amusement – they have been doing their bits of language learning every day since. Does the gamification on the app work? Yes, probably to some extent. Would it have kept them going for this long? Probably not – but feeling just that little bit accountable keeps them both on track.
#italiano #Ελληνικά #learningsupport

Be a role model

Aristotle already knew that “it is frequent repetition that produces a natural tendency”. We’ve all sat in a dinner conversation with friends and when a – generally somewhat random – question came up, somebody jumped to google it (or alternatively asked Wikipedia). Do you see the same pattern to find answers or solutions in your workplace? Sometimes, but it would be great to see more of it. Our in the words of our Professional Services Director: “I’d like the team to use it as naturally as they do in their personal lives, with an analytical component Saturday night dinners don’t tend to have: find materials related to your challenge, screen them and combine what is useful to you. And until they do, I’ll remind them when we discuss actions, and I’ll continue doing what I’m asking them to do.”
#learningthroughrepetition #performancesupport #rolemodels

At this point, most of us have a natural predisposition to use these technologies, but something often happens in the workplace that inhibits us to take advantage of them.
Social technologies and applications help establish a culture of learning and a culture of learning is critical for organisations because they are stronger when people are connected, share knowledge and learn from each other.