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Hello everyone.   I work in a financial services industry - one of the big 4 banks in Australia and there is a push to move facilitator-led content into an online format. This creates some angst from Learning and Development colleagues who may have a perception about online learning or worse, fear it.  On the other hand, my internal business clients also need support to understand that this is another medium which they can use and learn from.  At the moment, I'm creating a blended Instructional Skills coaching program using tools that we already have within our workplace (no, we cannot use anything outside a firewall) and focusing on the 'learning by doing' approach.  In the spirit of sharing what we learn as mentioned in +Dean Shareski webinar today, here's my blog post on what I'm working on currently...
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Hi Helen, thanks for sharing. I think one of the challenges of MOOCs is finding a way for people with full time jobs and careers to find time to participate.  In order for social sector NGOs to find the talent, technology and resources needed to do their work business must become strategic and long-term partners.  I write about this on my http://tutormentor.blogspot.com blog and look forward to learning your ideas on how we can bring business volunteers and leaders into communities like this.
 
Thanks Daniel I agree. I don't know if MOOCs will catch on in business (outside of staff doing learning on them for their own professional development external to the organisation).  MOOCs implies sharing content, knowledge, learning and networks - to have corporates run their own with other corporates is unlikely - but they may run one inside an organisation as a way to connect with other business units of the same organisation?  

I think MOOCs are a great idea for professional development but can't see business sharing with other business because of competition.

Obviously I haven't put much thought into it but the ultimate question would be 'what value' does it derive back to the business; and is it worth their while; is it their responsibility to manage the professional development of their internal staff; does it break any IP, copyright, security or privacy rules...  

However I'd love to see L&D create an internal one using Yammer as the platform for the organisation and inspire interest and enrolments from all parts of the business where people can contribute, share and learn from each other around a topic. It would be a great way to create a course in 'learning about our business' and then having people (much like this etmooc) share what they do; the challenges they face; the customers they speak to and in so doing, the result would be a great induction to really knowing the company we work for. That's an idea mulling in my head...
 
Hi Helen.  I was a Loaned Executive with the United Way in the 1990s and was able to get teams from the top accounting firms to share ideas from their own campaigns with their peers in other companies, because the goal was community benefit.  I agree with how difficult it is to get businesses to collaborate but if some take the lead perhaps others will follow.  This Role of Leaders essay could be used in any business to stimulate internal group formation. http://tinyurl.com/TMI-RoleOfLeaders  Connections across companies could be stimulated by volunteers from different companies who volunteer at the same mentoring organization.
 
This is a wonderful idea Daniel, especially as our organisation has a heavy community focus and has assisted in many community service projects around Australia.  I'm not sure if they have anything like this program however and I can see how something like this would be able to work on a wider scale.  That is, create a cMOOC around linking internal business leaders with the community - or people within the community that want some connection with the organisation (eg customers).  Who knows, it may even be a great way to get the real information on what the community thinks and getting closer to our customers?  Too often there is a large chasm between the company and its customers and this may be a way to connect them to generate ideas, programs, products and services that are relevant and meaningful to customers.  It's certainly given me something to think about!
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