Over the last decade I have developed a wide and strong personal learning network – an activity that has had deep impact on my business strategies. Here’s a few things I’ve learned along the way:
- Networking builds my knowledge in the field of e-learning
- Networking helps me to achieve my e-learning goals
- Networking enables me to grow my professional connections
- Networking promotes my professional services
- Networking infuences the way I do business
Some of the tools and strategies I use for networking are as folows:
- Google groups
- Ning networks
- Linked In and Facebook
I have experienced the power of Google groups by the speed at which the Eportfolio Conversations have grown in the short time they’ve been in existence.
I have seen the growth of sharing ideas and challenges among the members of the ACE Network – a Ning site.
My Linked In and Facebook accounts continue to notify me of increased networking opportunities among my business colleagues.
My Twitter account enables me to dip into the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ and improve my knowledge and current competency in communicating, mentoring, moodling and facilitating
I can now use my internet tools to network widely in a time frame that suits me e.g. Twitter, Skype and Google Talk provide opportunities to see who has online presence. I have used Skype extensively for networking, brainstorming, meeting and tutoring. This week I have upgraded my Skype account to inlcude ‘Pamela’ for recording voice conversations in Skype. I can now tap into my extended network (especially those in the Facilitating Online course with Sarah Stewart in Wikieducator) – to create opportunities to practice ‘interview’ sessions to be recorded.
Such recorded interviews may feature as ‘artefacts’ in the Eportfolio Community of Practice (EpCoP).
I have mostly been an observer in the Twitter-verse and only tend to use it sporadically. My plan is now to use Twitter to advantage to promote events coming up in the EpCoP. So I have setup a new account (attached to my coach.carole identity) for the #epcop and can now share the posting of messages about the EpCoP with others.
There are many helpful sites and artefacts on the use of Twitter, but now I am seeking specific strategies, recommendations and advice on how to use Twitter effectively as a promotional and marketing tool. In this context I am focussing on harvesting the ‘wisdom of the crowd’ and weaving that wisdom into positive Twitter posts from the EpCoP.
My next task is to design an online networking Newsletter for the EpCoP that can be generated monthly and promoted in Twitter. So I would like to gather your ideas and suggestions for a process in develop and distribute the EpCoP Newsletter. I want to use the power of the Blogging Network .
Your comments here would be welcome! If you would like to be interviewed on the subject of your eportfolio practice, experience and management, using the Pamela tool in Skype please email me or post your response as a comment to this post.