Sharlyn Lauby - Posts




Curation: The New Business Competency

In a recent post, Brian Solis declared 2011 “The Year of the Curator“.  All of a sudden, curation is a very popular term.  Now, popular terms don’t always translate into pertinent topics but the idea of curation really intrigues me.

One of the biggest conversations taking place in social media is about noise.  We have so much information available that we have to be able to filter out the unimportant content (aka “noise”).  It’s certainly an issue for consideration.  As business professionals, part of what attracts us to social media is the ability to get real-time, solid information as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with people we would otherwise never know.  But we can’t sacrifice time in the process.

That being said, how can we learn how to filter out the noise?

Early last year, I read a whole bunch of comments from people who declared that the way to filter out the noise is to unfriend and unfollow people.  They proceeded to announce they were deleting friends, followers and connections that they “didn’t feel were valuable”.

Wait, what now?!  I was incredibly confused by these announcements.  Whenever someone ...

M-Learning: The Future of Learning is Mobility

A number of years ago, I attended an ASTD International Conference and Exposition.  I listened to a couple of sessions about designing Blackberry apps for learning.  And I had an epiphany.

The future of learning is mobility!

I went back to the office and wrote what I thought was a somewhat eloquent, detailed proposal about creating and implementing learning apps for my employer.  I mobile learning, m-learningwas so proud of myself.  Patted myself on the back for being all strategic and stuff.  The reaction?  My boss looked at me like I had three heads.

Now fast forward to today.  Budgets are tight and training is necessary.  More people have access to mobile phones than running water and toilets.  There are an estimated 4.2 billion people who have a toothbrush and 4.6 billion who have a mobile subscription.  (I know – sad, but very true.)   And you can find a mobile app for just about everything from your banking to recipes to, well . . . farting noises.

So why not m-Learning?  Has the time arrived?  The statistics would suggest so:

The U.S. market for mobile learning products and services reached $632.2 million in 2009. And, ...