Whenever I have a chat with LearningSpaces enthusiasts, I receive many quite simple, though interesting questions. What I’ve noticed is that some definitions mean different things to different people. Afterwards I’ve started questioning how different understanding of the glossary can impact the varying understanding of the identity of the product. So yet again on: Who we are, what we do and what some terms means to us?
First thing that would pop in your mind when you think of social is Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc. I need to admit that even though the concept of LearningSpaces was born after countless attempts of knowledge sharing through Facebook or WhatsApp (read more on Hugos’ blogpost about the birth of LearningSpaces) though it isn't what we mean by social. Social is interactive, collaborative way of learning and sharing knowledge, together as a team in one LearningSpace. Everyone possesses a certain bundle of knowledge in your team, we just make it easy to share and learn from each other. You can compare us with internal and corporate Wiki. We provide you with real time communication feed for better learning experience. What is more, we enable your collaboration on Spaces and make it fun and easy to teach and learn from each other. LearningSpaces becomes a “Guy you go to” when you don’t understand something.
Within LearningSpaces, you get your own team learning environment, that no one, except you, your team, and people you invite, can access. Everyone's LearningSpace has Spaces — sections on a certain topic. They are the building blocks of LearningSpaces. This means that you build your learning environment from separate blocks, which sum up your knowledge base, i.e. your LearningSpace. Every Space has Chapters — material, in other words, your knowledge divided into subtopics.
You can use LearningSpaces to its full extent when you invite your peers. The key aspect of LearningSpaces is forming a community of people who want to share their fields of expertise. You share and test people through the means of creating Spaces, Quizzes (a set of multiple-choice questions about the Space it’s added to), Assignments (an open task you can give your teammates reading your Space. Assignments can be in the form of a reply or an uploaded document, videoclip or any file you like) and even combining separate Spaces into learning Paths (A bundle of Spaces on a certain topic).
It's not a competition, though believe me, you will be recognised. The more content you share, the more peers follow your Spaces, the better Reputation you have. In LearningSpaces, you can earn Reputation by following Spaces, creating Spaces and commenting. It gives you an idea of the commitment and the experience of yourself and your teammates. If you want to push it a little bit further, go for Achievements. Achievements are earned by completing Paths. Achievements can be used to check whether you or your teammates have completed certain Spaces deemed important.
We are a knowledge sharing platform which enables the creation of your organisational persona that knows everything! Doesn't it sound great? What is more, it's a responsive persona, since we provide you with a live communication feed on LearningSpaces. The key of making the learning experience a success is to tap into your team resources. Everyone is an expert, invite your peers and exchange ideas and expertise. Become a marketeer with basic knowledge of coding or a developer who knows some sales tricks! Don't forget to have fun and raise your Reputation throughout the learning process. Interaction and communication make everything better!