Social Media in today’s Learning Environment- Tools for today’s Learners

August 4, 2014

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Recent survey data has shown that Social Media tools are becoming more prevalent, proving to be one of the most used for relationship management, knowledge transfer and the sharing of ideas among the next generation of Learners. These tools allow users to engage with others that share the same interest and perform research within the subject matter and expertise of the issue or learning item at hand

Talent Management systems are now including the social aspect as a module since the generation in the work force today has come to realize that this is an important tool but corporations are slow in moving to adapt the social aspect. If you were to ask the workforce of today their thoughts, the answer would be that corporations must adapt and we are beginning to see movement in this area. Creating a social environment is not only useful for the learner but also a good knowledge transfer tool allowing users to interact and share multitudes of information. In the past, when there was an issue or situation that arose where you felt someone had “been there before”, you sent an email or just picked up the phone. While these are great methods of communication and are still valuable today, today’s generation of learners are more adapt to send an IM or chat with someone since they are accustomed to real time responses.

So how will Corporations deal with this from a learning perspective? First and foremost, start with a plan of how to incorporate the social aspect of learning. Designate a group to head up a discussion board that creates discussion topic categories based on the learning catalog and allow some controlled interaction to take place. Monitor the social platform and make sure that you designate fallback SMEs to answer questions that are not getting answered in a timely fashion. Assign areas of interest to folks that can respond quickly and accurately. This generation is fast moving and if they can’t find the answers with the tools you provide, they will search elsewhere.

So how will these tools allow Learners to become more efficient? Let’s face it, when we sit down to take training or work in our corporate Talent Management System, time is both our friend and our enemy. Using social as a tool can offer assistance allowing users to collaborate about learning items and supply information relevant to the Course. Another way to use this is to establish guidelines and principles. Create discussion groups, topics of interest and items that will entice participation in discussions about training items.

I recently spent some time interviewing and discussing the importance of Social Media and Collaboration tools in today’s learning environment with a group representing a Fortune 500 company. This work force group consisted of the Baby Boomers and Millennials which provided a diverse view of the social tools that are being pushed to the forefront of Talent Management Systems in the work place. They are customer facing, meaning they spent the majority of their day interacting with customers in one fashion or another; face to face or on the phone, and require both fast and accurate resolutions.

Each group had different views on the subject but both reached the agreement that having such tools incorporated inside the Learning environment added greater value allowing for easier discussions related to training items.

Everything is available and connected, all answers are out there either through searching the web, social media or just putting a question out there for an instant response. If your company isn’t out there using these channels then your organization effectively does not provide all the necessary tools for the new generation of learner to be successful.

Ray Eaton

Senior HCM Consultant at HRchitect

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theHRshow 2009 Arrives this week in the Comfort of Your Office…or Home!

June 8, 2009

 

HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting, and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, announced that over 1,000 registrations have been received for theHRshow 2009.

theHRshow takes place this year on June 10-12, 2009 as a virtual three-day event. It is being offered completely FREE to the HR community through the generosity of HRchitect and our sponsors.

“The decision to move this year’s event to a virtual event is proving to be a very wise decision,” stated Matt Lafata, Conference Chair for theHRshow and the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for HRchitect. “With travel budgets still tight and the growing desire of many people and organizations to be able to learn more about HR technology choices and trends without having to be out of the office during these tough times, attendance has far surpassed our expectations.”

theHRshow will include 18 virtual sessions and five moderated panel discussions of invaluable information on the puzzling world of HR Technology over a three day period.

Moderated panel discussions on June 10 will feature the following:

 

  • Onboarding Vendor Panel – Join Emerald Software Group, KMS Software, SilkRoad Technology, and Verifications, Inc.
  • Talent Management Systems Vendor Panel – Join Authoria, HRsmart, Kenexa, Taleo, and Workscape
  • HR Systems Vendor Panel – Join Lawson Software, NuView, Patersons, and Spectrum HR
  • Learning Management Systems Vendor Panel – Join Cornerstone OnDemand, GeoLearning, Plateau Systems, Saba, and SumTotal Systems
  • Recruiting Systems Vendor Panel – Join HRsmart, iCIMS, Kenexa, nowHIRE, Peopleclick and Taleo

18 tracks of sessions will take place on June 11 and June 12 around Talent Management Systems, Talent Acquisition Systems, Emerging Trends and Technologies, Social Networking, HCM Systems Strategic Planning, Professional Development, and more.

“We are pleasantly overwhelmed by the interest in theHRshow and the assistance that the HR and vendor community has provided in promoting this great industry event,” added Tiffany Appleby, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for HRchitect and theHRshow. “We believe that for anybody with an interest in HR technology, this is THE must attend event of the year as theHRshow offers something for everybody.”

HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2009.com to see a complete list of panels and sessions and register online for those of interest to them.

 

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


theHRshow 2009 Goes Virtual

April 15, 2009

 

HRchitect, the leader in HR systems strategic consulting, and the premier Human Capital Management (HCM) and Talent Management systems consulting firm, has confirmed that theHRshow 2009 is going virtual and has been extended to a three day event.

 

“As we continue to be in one of the most challenging business environments in recent memory, we’ve decided to postpone theHRshow on-site conference until early 2010 AND create a virtual event in place of the currently scheduled 2009 event,” stated Matt Lafata, Conference Chair for theHRshow and the Vice-President of Sales and Marketing for HRchitect.

 

Today’s economic conditions are forcing people to make smarter HR technology decisions than ever before. As a result, theHRshow was created by industry experts and senior level practitioners who know what kind of challenges HR and HRIS professionals face on a daily basis. theHRshow will include 18 virtual sessions and four moderated panel discussions of invaluable information on the puzzling world of HR Technology over a three day period. Best of all, this will all be made available FREE of charge to the HR community through the generosity of our sponsors.

Multiple tracks of sessions will take place on June 11 and June 12 around:

 

·         Talent Acquisition including Onboarding, Assessments, Background checking, and more

·         Talent Management including Compensation, Performance Management, Workforce Planning, and more

·         Emerging Trends and Technologies including Social Networking, Web 2.0, HCM portals, and more

·         HCM Strategy

·         Managing HR Systems

·         Professional Development

 

Four panel discussions will take place on June 10 from leading vendors in the areas of Onboarding Systems, Talent Management Systems, HR Systems, and Learning Management Systems.

 

“HRchitect has attended three HR related trade shows this year and each has had a fraction of the attendance they had in 2008, added Tiffany Appleby, Director of Marketing and Corporate Communications for HRchitect and theHRshow. “In looking forward to upcoming shows, we are hearing the same thing that attendance is expected to be down by 50% or more. We want to be sensitive to HR professionals in these trying times while providing a tremendous resource at the same time.”

 

theHRshow 2009 virtual conference will sessions are innovative, thought-provoking and will appeal to many different groups of people who play any role in the use of talent management and/or HR systems. The world class list of presenters and leading vendors participating in the panels have been carefully selected over the past few months. HR professionals can visit www.thehrshow2009.com to see a list of sessions and register online.

 

As the HR community knows from your past dealings with HRchitect, we don’t settle for second best in anything we do,” stated Lafata. “There are simply too many organizations cutting travel budgets for shows in 2009 so we believe it is in everybody’s best interest to provide a first-class virtual conference this June and delay the on-site conference itself until early 2010 so it can truly be the largest regional HR technology conference in the industry, as advertised.”

 

Matt Lafata, HRchitect


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