Magazine article Talent Development

The Changing Learning Landscape

Magazine article Talent Development

The Changing Learning Landscape

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"The use of online communities and networks, where employees are encouraged to co-create content, collaborate, share knowledge, and fully participate in their own learning, is helping to create far more enduring learning experiences"

--Harold Jarche

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Do the words "social media" excite you or scare you? If it's the latter, then you had better find a way, quickly, to overcome your fears, because if you don't, the workplace will leave you behind.

The ASTD Research report, "Transforming Learning With Web 2.0 Technologies," highlighted the fact that "Web 2.0 technologies do not play a major role in most learning functions today," but "many experts agree that these up-and-coming technologies will have a growing impact on learning in organizations over the course of the next few years."

According to Jeanne C. Meister and Karie Willyerd, the authors of this month's cover article and the book The 2020 Workplace, all the major technologies that will define the 2020 workplace are in the design phase now, and it's time to jump aboard.

Have you ever Tweeted, posted to a Facebook page, or commented on a blog? If not, what are you waiting for?

Companies are using social media tools to build brands for their products and services, capture new knowledge and best practices for company processes, collaborate across the organization, increase innovation, recruit new workers, and train employees, but they are also using them to recruit top talent and onboard new employees. …

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