Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Collaboration Matters Podcast - Episode 4 - My Journey From eLearning to Social Software

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I recently had the pleasure to join Neil Burston and Stuart McIntyre as part of their Collaboration Matters Podcast series! While I had already created several podcasts internally at IBM, I had never done one externally. Needless to say, I was very excited that they reached out to me in order to create my first external podcast.

If you are already following the Collaboration Matters blog, then you already know the news and probably even heard the podcast already! If you are not subscribed to the podcast, I would like to encourage you to do so. In Episode 3, Heidi Votaw and Suzanne Minassian talk about the latest and greatest in Lotus Connections 2.0.

So what is this journey from eLearning to Social Software ? Well, as I've mentioned before, I used to be an eLearning developer and consultant before taking on my current role. Thus, Neil asks me how I got into this whole social software space and how I became so passionate about the subject. We also talk about some challenges that I've run into in the past 2 years. In fact, let me give you a quick overview of what the podcast is about:

  • 01:30 - Good morning to you - Buenas tardes desde aquí!
  • 02:00 - Collaboration Matters is running the Connectr event (see slides below) and Lotus Connections Blog
  • 02:20 - Luis, tell us about yourself, what you do, your role and how you got into this
  • 03:20 - My job as an eLearning consultant and my first transition to social software... a "expected" evolution/transition
  • 03:50 - How I learn by contributing content in the social software space
  • 04:30 - The beauty of living in Puerto Rico
  • 05:30 - My own, personal introduction to Lotus Connections
  • 06:40 - Evaluate social software as an eLearning approach / solution for a customer in Tampa. I had been blogging since early 2006 and was familiar with Social Bookmarking but was not an avid user. I had to make a case for how these technologies could help solve their elearning needs.
  • 07:55 - Results of the social software for eLearning pilot. Challenges that we encountered re: privacy in this multi-national environment
  • 09:30 - Legal blocks to social software deployments in Europe
  • 11:30 - My view, as a millenial, on the benefits of sharing knowledge with social software
  • 14:00 - Why it was so hard to share before social software
  • 16:20 - Which industries are using social software ?
  • 18:10 - What really blew me away... social software at construction companies!!!
  • 21:00 - How the product itself promotes adoption
  • 22:45 - Have you seen any downsides to not having any formal processes behind knowledge sharing?
  • 25:30 - How Lotus Connections, as an enterprise social software platform, promotes self-policing
  • 27:35 - Tell us about the usage of social task management and Lotus Connections Activities
  • 31:15 - The role of repeatable human processes and social software
  • 32:40 - What's your favorite feature of Lotus Connections ? Definitely, Dogear, the social bookmarking component of Lotus Connections
  • 35:00 - How feed readers help in my day-to-day job
  • 36:40 - Complete the following sentence: "I love Lotus Connections because..." - it works with me! It's always with me, I depend on it, I trust it
  • 38:00 - Closing comments...

2008-09-30_1149One success story (of many) behind all this, is that I met Neil and Stuart strictly through social software. More specifically via my blog and Twitter. By using social software we collaborated effectively even though there was an 8 hour difference between us!! (It was 7:30am my time when this was recorded).

Neil, also told me that he was able to capture our conversation as a MindMap. I didn't know what a MindMap was until today. But no worries, I downloaded MindManager for Mac and was able to look at it. Pretty cool!!! The tool looks really interesting and I'm going to start playing with it more to see how I can use and apply it to my daily life. If you have any suggestions, please let me know.

Here are the slides used at the Connectr #6 event:

Slides from the Connectr#6 event:

Connectr #6
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Ready to start listening? Subscribe to the podcast or download the MP3 from here. I hope you like it!

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