What makes a good eLearning community ?

I’m very interested in what makes a good online learning community and am studying this topic as part of my Master of Education. I am very impressed with the Articulate eLearning community as it is very informative, active and participants are willing to share, help and learn from each other.

As active members who make this community work, I would love to get your input on two questions.

Question 1. What features or factors do you most like about this Articulate eLearning community?

E.g.
- The frequent and informative blog posts
- The Articulate product support
- People sharing knowledge, strategies and ideas about eLearning

- The sharing of resources

- eLearning experts, Articulate staff and members all participating vis the active forums
- Networking with other like-minded professionals?
- Other (please share any thoughts on why you like the Articulate eLearning community)
 

Question 2. As eLearning, education or IT experts within workplaces or institutions, do you encourage learning via active participation using social media or web 2.0 tools. And if so which sites or tools do you use to promote social learning?

E.g. LMS, Nings, Facebook, Blogs, Wiki's, specific web 2.0 tools, etc.

11 Replies
Nekia Evans

Wow! Where do I begin?? This forum provides immediate access to other professionals passionate about the same thing... Learning and how to make it rock!  The tips, feedback from the forums, tutorials, templates, etc. are truly priceless.  The articulate team is knowledgable, helpful and truly enjoy what they are doing and it shows.  I recommend this forum to many people interested in getting involved or just learning more about the industry.  

Kat Fardian

Hmmm... Interesting you ask that Jeremy I too have been thinking about this for a Masters course hahaha

I would like to add one more question to your list....

Is there anything that people feel is missing from the community????

I mean there are forums, blogs, tutorials ect. Do people people feel there is anything else the community could do to make it even better????

Bruce Graham

Well - one thing (for Storyline, so it will become very relevant soon...) that I felt was missing was the ability to do "real time" deep-dive traininig sessions, and link together people in communities of interest, in (approximately) the same timezones - so I built it.

Hopefuly see some of you there in a very short while.

Bruce

Jeremy Alger

Hi Bruce,

Your site looks interesting and real time collaboration around any articulate product would be great, especially the much anticipated storyline. Although I'm not involved in the beta testing, I like your idea of running webcasts, local meet ups and possibly masterclasses.

Does anyone else promote social learning within their workplace or institution and if so how?

Ant Pugh

Kat P said:

Hmmm... Interesting you ask that Jeremy I too have been thinking about this for a Masters course hahaha

I would like to add one more question to your list....

Is there anything that people feel is missing from the community????

I mean there are forums, blogs, tutorials ect. Do people people feel there is anything else the community could do to make it even better????


I am in the UK and would love to haver some kind of meetup where we can actually speak to other like-minded professionals face-to-face - this is something I am hoping to organise in the future (on that magical day I have some free time!!), but not being in America can sometimes make it difficult to get involved!

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Jeremy Alger said:

Question 1. What features or factors do you most like about this Articulate eLearning community?
- The frequent and informative blog posts
- The Articulate product support
- People sharing knowledge, strategies and ideas about eLearning

- The sharing of resources

- eLearning experts, Articulate staff and members all participating vis the active forums
- Networking with other like-minded professionals?
- Other (please share any thoughts on why you like the Articulate eLearning community)


Product support is first and foremost for me. I've been involved with many software products over the years and have only once before seen a company (Techsmith) that comes close to Articulate in responsiveness. A BIG reason for my choosing Articulate after considering other tools was the very active community and the "always on" response of Articulate Staff members. If I have a deadline and I'm stuck, the value of that just-in time-support is priceless.

A close second: all the other things you mentioned. I have learned a TON in the few months I've been involved with this community. And it's all over the board: PowerPoint strategies; instructional design methods; script writing and narration techniques; and of course, all the how-to's for Presenter, QuizMaker, and Engage. The networking is great. I work "alone" from home, and no longer feel alone

Good luck on the study. Let us know how it goes!

Bruce Graham

Ant Pugh said:

Kat P said:

Hmmm... Interesting you ask that Jeremy I too have been thinking about this for a Masters course hahaha

I would like to add one more question to your list....

Is there anything that people feel is missing from the community????

I mean there are forums, blogs, tutorials ect. Do people people feel there is anything else the community could do to make it even better????


I am in the UK and would love to haver some kind of meetup where we can actually speak to other like-minded professionals face-to-face - this is something I am hoping to organise in the future (on that magical day I have some free time!!), but not being in America can sometimes make it difficult to get involved!


Ant,

Are you aware of the annual Articulate event that Dragos runs at Leeds?

The Storyline "community" should be appropriate for Studio users as well - where are you based?

Bruce

Jeremy Alger

Thanks for the input everyone.

I feel you pain Ant. For us Australians we can only read about the meet ups and upcoming events that Tom promotes via his excellent blog.

I think synchronous interactions via chats, webcasts or scheduled live virtual conferences could help bring community members together from different locations.

Ant Pugh

Hi Bruce - I am aware of the event in Leeds, although I've signed up for a similar event in London with Tom during the same week? I'm hoping that will help...

Jeremy - web chats / webcasts etc. are great, but I don't feel that they really replace face-to-face meetups.. besides - for you and me to have a webex, I'd have to stay up till midnight!!

Bruce Graham

@Ant - maybe catch up in London as well then....

From what I can see the London event is more "Instructional Design", whereas Leeds is more "Articulate".

Stick October 20th in your diary as we will be having the first "Articulate Storyline Jam" - more details to follow, (whwn I have figured them out!).

Bruce