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I've waffled enough... now to your question.
I've rolled out lunch time classes called "Twitter for Professional Development" which have been quite popular. I've redesigned them to also be rolled out as live online events but yet to roll one out which will occur after this restructure/reorg is over (and if I'm still around). I seem to be the 'go to' person for LinkedIn as people have questions about setting up their profile and have a bit of a reputation in the office for being the social media freak and get asked many questions.
I have created Yammer Groups on: (a) Twitter for Professional Development and (b) Connected Workers - Networked Artisans of the Future Workplace which has grown to 52 members already where people share resources, links, references to future skills and growing their learning networks. I recently advertised the North Western University cMOOC called Exploring Personal Learning Networks in this group and there'll now be a small group of us undergoing this course together. Interesting to note that many of the people in this group are not Learning and Development.
With a colleague, we rolled out the first YamJam a few months ago that took everyone by surprise and they asked for more of them. It was based on how tweetchats occur. The topic was around how to get more people to collaborate and broaden their networks.
My next goal is to incorporate all these 'modules' such as the Twitter, Yammer and the LinkedIn and create more of them around digital literacy skills and roll them out as part of a cMOOC but use our own platforms we already have such as Yammer and Sharepoint to inspire people to learn more about them. I've got support by many people in the business who are already 'change agents' who want to be part of the people coaching/teaching/mentoring/supporting others. There seems to be a hunger for change but there's still some people unsure of what it all means. The biggest resistors have been my own department in Learning and Development but I'm inspired when I go outside to the wider organisation and find people who are curious, motivated, love to learn, share, collaborate - and just give something a go.
- Activate Learning SolutionspresentActivate Learning Solutions is a learning and performance consultancy that works with you to design, develop and implement engaging blended learning solutions that meet your business needs and objectives.
My name is Helen Blunden and I'm the founder of Activate Learning Solutions. (I have two accounts with Google so please feel free to follow me here which also includes my personal interests or under my professional account with Activate Learning Solutions).
I believe that your organisation is only as strong as the networks of your people and how your people relate to your customers.
With over 23 years in Learning and Development in private, public and not-for-profit organisations, I have seen that the successful organisations are the ones who engage their people through learning within the flow of work, providing them with the online tools to connect with subject matter experts globally, and allowing the free flow of conversations and collaborations to occur across the enterprise and its customers.
I believe in the power of networks and passionate about enabling your people to re-engage with their work, their organisation and their customers.
I deliver solutions that translate to immediate value, productivity and engagement of your people. I show you how to build and create internal capability through enterprise social learning networks and collaborative tools such as Yammer and the use of social media.
With a background in facilitator-led instruction, online, blended and social, I practice what I preach. I regularly use social networking and collaboration tools for my own professional and personal development and can assist your Learning and Development teams to incorporate these tools into your existing learning programs,
I present at various Learning Conferences around Australia on how people engage and learn using social media and collaboration technologies.
But it's not all about connecting online. The value is strengthened when the communities meet in person and collaborate on mutual projects of interest. As such I founded Third Place (www.meetup.com/Third-Place), an informal social networking community of Australian Learning Professionals to meet, share and learn from each other in three cities Melbourne, Newcastle, Brisbane and Sydney.
Personally? I enjoy knitting with beautiful luxurious yarns which is my meditation and my craft; photography and art inspires me and I enjoy a round of golf every now and then. I recently started to learn to play the ukulele! I'm fascinated with history and love to travel internationally to learn different cultures and customs.
- Monash UniversityBSc (Hons)
- Deakin UniversityMBA (Technology Management)