This Week on #TalkTech: Infographics for eLearning, When Gamification Goes Bad, Simple Social Media Policy

Topic 1: How can infographics be used as a fresh way to present ideas in eLearning?

eLearning, especially the kind produced with rapid authoring tools, tends to have a similar look and feel no matter who designed it. Navigation on the side. Next button in the corner. Text and activities in the center and, if you’re lucky, a stock image or two.

We are always looking for ways to make even the most straightforward eLearning projects dynamic at BLP. On this week’s Learning Services team call, the team discussed how infographics could be used as a better to organize content visually for a variety of solutions. The approach provides learners with a needed break from the style of course they are used to seeing and is simply more effective for certain types of information. Have a look at an excerpt infographic on mobile learning created by Voxy below and click here to view the entire infographic. When do you think this approach can work?

Topic 2: Is enterprise gamification too focused on obvious game mechanics at the expense of deeper learning opportunities?

Gamification has seen massive uptake in both the education and enterprise space over the last couple of years. Like any new technology, early attempts often focus too much on the superficial mechanics and less on creating truly meaningful experiences. It’s easy to add points and leaderboards to an eLearning course, but is this approach really effective? What about a truly balanced and logical system of rewards, or an engaging game economy? We’ll discuss how gamification will need to evolve to see even more meaningful performance results.

Gartner Gamification Report Offers Good and Not So Good Points

Topic 3: What kind of social media policy is best for organizations?

So many companies are interested in enabling social learning on social media now, and the need for a catch-all social media policy is a top priority. While it might seem that highly regulated industries such as health care would have the most complex social media policies, Mayo Clinic proves this is not the case. Their social media policy is 12 words!

  • Don’t Lie, Don’t Pry
  • Don’t Cheat, Can’t Delete
  • Don’t Steal, Don’t Reveal

It goes on to explain that “the biggest risk in health care social media is not participating in the conversation” and gives some context for each of those bullet points, but you get the idea. The policy is simple, to the point, and chooses not to over-complicate Mayo Clinic’s use of social media. What kind of social media policy do you think is best for organizations who want to support social learning?

A 12 Word Social Media Policy

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