Sunday, 24 June 2007

Start of a blog, start of a new learning journey

At the recent ASTD conference in Atlanta (June 2007) I spent time re-focusing on the developments in the discipline of Knowledge Management, and specifically eLearning 2.0.

I'm excited by the possibilities that Web 2.0 will create for influencing learning in the workplace.

Training (be it instructor-led or e-learning) continues to be highly valuable for building competence in new skills and knowledge. Similiarly, coaching (peer, manager or externally facilitated) is a powerful strategy to encourage the practising of new skills that help transform competent individuals into 'experts'. But how do experts continue to learn and adapt to an ever changing environment ?

.... Learning professionals know the value of promoting professional networking, action-learning sets/problem based learning & communities of practice for helping experts continue to their development.

AND I see blogging as an extension of this. Moreover, the discipline of 'writing it all down' should itself be very powerful for embedding learning.

SO the spirit of learning here is the start of my own blog !

I also hope this will be of direct value to Learning and Development professionals and indirectly help us speak directly from experience when consulting on the integration of Web 2.0 into workplace learning.