Even as a recent college grad, I feel out of touch with the newest and latest technology programs. My college experience wasn’t filled with iPads or interactive whiteboards, we didn’t have online classes or even Blackboard to submit our assignments.
Now I’m working on a masters degree. I’m studying to get a masters in publishing but sometimes as I try to employ the technology, I feel I could just as well be studying Chinese. . Fortunately for me I have some tech-savvy friends that were willing to help out. So I’ve made it through my first semester.
Like many of my peers, I’m going to school while juggling jobs. In joining the workforce, my experience with technology shifted from something that I used merely for entertainment, to absolute necessity. I had to adapt a “sink or swim” approach if I wanted to get by, or better, impress my potential employers.
Somedays I think, “How will I ever find time to eat, let alone Tweet?”
But I’m doing both at The Public Manager and my eyes have opened to a world of opportunity.
E-learning is flourishing in today’s workplace and with budget cuts a-plenty, virtual training sessions using Blackboard or Twitter may be imperative to saving time and money for your company. By cutting out travel time and costs, training sessions can be held virtually and effectively without needing a face-to-face interaction.
I’m not saying that we should all cut out face-time completely, but adapting social media practices and being proactive is the best way to tackle the woes of the rapidly changing e-learning world. Taking small steps to learn about the newest learning tools is all it takes to get going in the right path and bring your company up to speed; not left in the dust!
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