I was recently invited to chat with Celisa Steele over at the Leading Learning Podcast. We talked about "the implications of social media on associations, how it has led to organizations becoming more human-centric (including the impact millennials are having on this), and the important role of learning in organizational culture."
I've partnered with Ben Martin of Online Community Results to offer an on-demand, crash course on the Essentials on Online Community Management (EOCM). We designed this course for community managers (full or part-time) and the executives who oversee community management.
Explore social learning, how social media technologies can be an intentional part of your organization’s overall learning toolset, and ways to design social learning interactions so learners get the best out of the experience.
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An online community is about year-round engagement with the organization. It's networking (the top reason people join associations, according to the MGI report), socializing, exchanging expertise and being reminded on a regular basis of the association's offerings. In my opinion, there is no better way for people to engage with both the association they're paying to belong to and the other members they're paying to network with. Of course, face to face is the best way to network and communicate, but realistically, that can't happen every day. Online community can.