Today I had the honour of collecting a Best Blended Learning Solution Award (Gold Level) at the 2010 LearnX Asia Pacific Conference.
The blended learning solution in question is “IQ”, an intranet-based portal that I developed for my colleagues at my workplace.
My driver for creating this portal was the realisation that, in a big corporation like the one I work for, knowledge is distributed everywhere – on random intranet pages, in obscure folders, in people’s heads – which makes it really hard to find.
As an L&D professional, my concern was: if someone wants to learn something, where do they start?
The answer is IQ
Essentially, IQ is a site that centralises learning resources for staff. It doesn’t host content itself, but rather points you in the right direction.
For example, if you want to attend an advanced negotiation skills workshop, you can look up the sessions delivered by our preferred training providers.
If you want to read about leadership, you can refer to our book list or search our e‑book catalogue.
If you want to do a self-paced course on Java programming, you can jump onto our e-learning platform.
In this way, IQ covers the full range of delivery modes that are available to our staff, from face-to-face classes and online courses, to books, e‑books, podcasts, blogs, wikis and other social media. I’m also keen to add information about our mentoring and coaching programs.
It’s our first port of call for learning.
Reading this, you might be scratching your head and asking yourself what all the fuss is about.
I’m the first one to put up my hand and say, as a blended learning solution, IQ is really simple. It doesn’t involve any new whizz-bang technology. After all, it’s an intranet site.
But dig a little deeper and you’ll see that it’s also an important step in the evolution of the learning model at my workplace.
It shifts an instructivist pedagogy towards a more constructivist and connectivist one.
It transforms a formal learning environment into a more informal one.
It returns the power (and responsibility) of learning back to the learner.
That’s why I’m so pleased to claim this award. It’s not just a pretty trophy to sit on my desk; it’s the validation of my instructional design by my peers in the industry.