So far, subscription-based learning has been a resounding success.
At least in terms of popularity.
I’ve received a lot of comments that they love the material.
Find it useful.
Look forward to each week’s post (which is saying something with the amount of bulk mail clutter we get in our inboxes each week).
I’ve even gotten the first rock thrown.
Mostly about the color of the blog template.
And everyone KNOWS how I feel about complaints about the color.
I’ve also started spreading the idea to colleagues.
The next thing I need to figure out – whether there has been any actual performance improvement as a result of these posts.
Other things I found helpful…
Pre-scheduling posts. Helps me stay on track…mostly. Also helps me space out the information they need to know for better absorption.
Keeping 1 main concept in mind – Collaboration. I have made detours to more personal work efficiency and compliance issues upon request. These detours have not worked nearly as well. I will need to do a better job in future posts of looping these “detour” concepts into the idea of better collaboration. I’m thinking that if I am able to personally work more effectively (and keep myself out of trouble), I am better able to collaborate with others.
The occasional “circle-back” to previous posts. This applies the repetition that Dr. Thalheimer found to be so important for retention.
Flexibility in scheduling. Striking while topics are top-of-mind for the audience also helps retention and seems to fuel more discussion and participation by the audience. Also – if it seems applicable to their immediate needs, they are more likely to act on the information. Which is what I want.
Stuff I need to work on….
Audience Participation. I’m getting better participation than expected. However, Tuesday Morning Telecommuter is still pretty-much me, myself and I. Besides, if I want to have my theme be collaboration, it would help if my learning model was more collaborative.
Better administrative workflow. Right now, Tuesday Morning Telecommuter is still a personal WordPress site with the “newsletter” being sent by hand through my own work email. I’ve hesitated to use the tools available at the University because what is currently out there is governed to death and would double the 8-10 hours I already spend each week creating the emails, videos and posts.
Tagging and Navigation. I want this thing I am building to also be a referenceable resource. I just started experimenting with tagging and navigation. Eventually – I will be transferring all of this to a SharePoint site. The vision is that SharePoint will be a University resource that does magical things (from what I gather). We have such a problem with folks finding the information and support they need in my organization. I really don’t want to add to the problem.
Figuring out whether this is making changes to the metrics that matter. As in – is this REALLY helping people do their jobs better or is it just popular?