Are You Prepared for the Future as a Trainer ?
Are You Prepared for the Future as a Trainer ? This new generation of workplace learning practices will demand new T&D roles and skills.
In particular, there will be need for specialists in performance consulting, connected learning design and facilitation, community management, collaboration, and professional learning. These new roles will focus on supporting individuals and teams as they learn in more self-organised and self-directed ways.
Currently there are few formal programmes available to help develop these new emerging T&D roles and skills, but there are plenty of opportunities for self-development in order to get prepared for the future.
To find out if you are ready, ask yourself these five questions. If your answer to any of them is no, then read some advice on how to get started.
1. Do You Use the Social Web for Your Own Professional Learning?
Understanding social media is not just about learning how to use the tools themselves; it’s about understanding the whole ethos of the social web, as well as developing a new set of personal skills to thrive there.
It’s also about building a personal learning network of colleagues and other contacts that bring you value, both personally and professionally. To be able to help others understand the value of the social web for professional learning, you will need to be an active user yourself.
If you haven’t already experienced the power of the social web, then just jump in and find out what it has to offer. There are no rules, and you’ll learn more about it by just by being there.
2. Do You Work and Learn Collaboratively With Your Own Team?
The only people who can valuably help teams share their knowledge and work collaboratively will be those who themselves do so and can demonstrate the value of it for their own work teams.
The quickest way to start, therefore, is for your own T&D team to begin to work and learn collaboratively; by doing so, you will develop your own understanding of the new social workplace skills that will be required for effective knowledge sharing and collaborative working.
3. Have You Participated in or Managed Any Online Communities?
Online community management is more than just setting up a private group space and letting the members get on with it. It takes time and skill to build and lead a successful community.
One of the best ways to find out what makes for a good community is to participate in a range of communities and watch how the community leaders engage and stimulate the community.
You won’t be able to help others set up and manage online communities unless you have experienced what it is like to be a community participant yourself.
4. Have You Taken Part in Any Online Connected Learning Activities?
Many new learning activities that can be adopted within organisations can easily be experienced on the social web itself.
For example, if you haven’t already done so, take part in regular live Twitter chats to consider how these types of events might be used within your own organisation, participate in conference backchannels to find out about their value for both online and face-to-face events, and take part in MOOCs to experience social engagement in an online course.
5. Are You Familiar With Enterprise Social Networks (ESNs)?
If your organisation has already adopted an ESN, use it to set up a work group for your own team, create a community of practice on a cross-organisational topic, or open a private group space to try out some connected learning activities for your organisation. If your organisation doesn’t yet use an ESN, it is easy to sign up for a free Yammer, Jive, or Socialcast account and find out for yourself what it’s all about.
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