Thursday, November 18, 2010

Download and Install the Free Lotus Connections Learning Widget

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On Tuesday, I did a guest blog entry in the blog (you are subscribed to that blog, aren't you?). In it, I interviewed the team behind the Learning Widget for Lotus Connections. In case you haven't heard of this widget before, the Lotus Connections Learning Widget allows you to view and filter learning materials on your Home page in Lotus Connections. You can use the widget to access demos, videos, tours, online courses, and reference cards related to Lotus Connections.

I think it's a great way to distribute learning content to your end users as you plan and continue to drive adoption to your new Enterprise 2.0 platform. Here's what you'll find inside the widget:

  • Demos, videos, and tours: Demos are short product simulations that show you how to complete a task in Lotus Connections. Videos and guided tours are longer product simulations that provide an overview of a Lotus Connections component, such as Using Blogs.
  • Online courses: Online courses are self-paced e-learning courses that are comparable to material covered in an instructor-led classroom-based course, but can be taken online at your own pace. Online courses can include conceptual information, task "how to" information, and sample files for completing exercises on your own.
  • Reference Cards: Reference cards are a printable quick deskside reference to quickly find how to perform the most common tasks in a product.

To install the widget, it shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. And, as mentioned in the blog entry over at, the widget will automatically update itself to display the new Lotus Connections 3.0 content once it's available. How's that for ease of use?

Here's a quick video that shows the Learning Widget in action:

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For instructions on how to download and install this widget, click here. Business partners and consultants: Make sure that you install this widget for all of your customers!


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