<ul><li>Let your group introduction set the tone.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome participation and contribution </li></ul>...
<ul><li>It’s up to the host to get it started.  </li></ul><ul><li>Post Something;  Ask for members’ thoughts </li></ul><ul...
<ul><li>Check often to see if you have new members </li></ul><ul><li>Send a welcome message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make new...
<ul><li>Welcome Message </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome to the ____ group.  We’re looking for...
<ul><li>Use the Invite function to invite current network members & non-members to join the group </li></ul><ul><li>You pr...
<ul><li>Do you or your members have expertise? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you invite others who do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do a ...
<ul><li>Ask members to share their … </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges ...
<ul><li>Encourage members to use free widgets to …. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post examples of their work in Events/Resour...
<ul><li>Remember to… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check the “Favorites” box on the discussion threads in your group. </li></u...
<ul><li>Have some great tips of your own for building participation in social learning groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Share the...
<ul><li>Thanks for joining  </li></ul><ul><li>Group Leaders </li></ul>
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Facilitating Thriving Social Learning Groups

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Facilitating Thriving Social Learning Groups

  1. 2. <ul><li>Let your group introduction set the tone. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome participation and contribution </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set a welcoming, non-judgmental tone </li></ul></ul>Example: This group is for anyone who’s interested in _____________. From seasoned pros to novices to the “merely interested”, all questions and comments are welcome.
  2. 3. <ul><li>It’s up to the host to get it started. </li></ul><ul><li>Post Something; Ask for members’ thoughts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A provocative statement </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A provocative question </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload documents, white papers, case studies </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Links to video, Flash </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(Tip: When pasting links, use Internet Explorer; Firefox requires plugins) </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>Check often to see if you have new members </li></ul><ul><li>Send a welcome message </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Make new members feel noticed & welcome </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let new members know it’s OK to start a discussion in your group </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Prompt, encourage their participation </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Welcome Message </li></ul><ul><li>Example: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Welcome to the ____ group. We’re looking forward to sharing ideas with you. You’re also welcome to start a new conversation by clicking “Create a new discussion”. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What questions do you have? How can we help? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thanks for joining us! </li></ul></ul></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>Use the Invite function to invite current network members & non-members to join the group </li></ul><ul><li>You probably know some non-members with interest or expertise who can contribute. Invite them! </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>SMEs </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clients </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Co-workers </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Industry gurus </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>Tip! Everyone is welcome to join TrainingMagNetwork.com , so invite non-members to join the community, then join your group.
  6. 7. <ul><li>Do you or your members have expertise? </li></ul><ul><li>Can you invite others who do? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Do a mini-webinar (use Go To Webinar’s free trial) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post a link to the recorded webinar in Events / Resources (Use the Instant Learning widget) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Invite an SME to host a conference call </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Use FreeConferenceCall.com </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find video, eLearning and other items of value related to your topic. Upload or post the links & ask for member comments </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. <ul><li>Ask members to share their … </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Challenges </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Failures </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Successes </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Impressions </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Needs </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Reasons for joining the group </li></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. <ul><li>Encourage members to use free widgets to …. </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Post examples of their work in Events/Resources (Member-generated materials) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Engage with SMEs and other members as coaches using the CoachLine widget </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Track and share the results of applying what they learn with the group using Learning Impacts widget </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. <ul><li>Remember to… </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Check the “Favorites” box on the discussion threads in your group. </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>You’ll be notified by e-mail when a new comment is posted </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 11. <ul><li>Have some great tips of your own for building participation in social learning groups? </li></ul><ul><li>Share them! </li></ul><ul><li>Post your thoughts in the group </li></ul><ul><li>“ A good idea can’t be great until it’s shared.” </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>Thanks for joining </li></ul><ul><li>Group Leaders </li></ul>

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