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Monday, April 02, 2007

eLearning Tools - Wikis, Blogs and More

Found via Donald Clark - Business Week article - The Wiki Workplace that discusses use of Wikis and Blogs and particularly their use.
Geek Squad is a case in point. Many thousands of Geeks are using a growing suite of collaboration technologies to brainstorm new products and services, manage projects, swap service tips, and socialize with their peers.

At Xerox, Chief Technology Officer Sophie VanDebroek turned the process inside out by setting up a wiki that would allow researchers in the R&D group to define collaboratively the company's technology strategy.

IBM uses it for Innovation Jams.

Wikis, blogs, and other tools will arrive in the workplace whether companies are ready or not, as younger employees tend to develop their own self-organized networks that cut across traditional corporate divisions.

Great Stuff!

2 comments:

subquark said...

I'd like to throw Second Life into the mix (or my take on it anyway). It is becoming more mainstream and is yet another communication tool.

It is not just limited to being used directly. In my opinion, it has a significant learning curve as well as access needs that many corporations will not currently allow.

Second Life can be leveraged by eLearning providers to be an inexpensive tool for creating video and still images for use in training.

A simple example would be as video for scenario based training.

It will also be interesting to see Google's Lively gets into this. Semper is already doing job fairs with it (they were the first to do that in Second Life).

Thanks for the post! :)

Jake Sachi said...

I always have trouble with issue with the concept of corporate elearning. Are we talking about in house training of employees, training of customers or both. For example, Blackboard (http://www.blackboard.com/) is fantastic for universities and inhouse elearning, whereas Helwpize (http://www.helpwize.com) is designed to teach "outsiders". Looking at both systems there is a clear difference of methodologies (i.e. it would be highly impractical for first time users to your site to have to request or make a Blackboard login just to find out how to do something on your site).

I propose that there are actually two schools of corporate elearning - the inhouse training platform and the online help docs.