Hi Learning Cluster Design Community!

One of the biggest questions we get for the Learning Cluster Design (LCD) model is where and how can we provide access to learning clusters we create. Recall, learning clusters is the new L&D deliverable we call for in the model – it’s a set of learning assets that surrounds learners, when, where, and how they most want and need them for a particular learning goal. At last month’s modern learning dialogue, we were joined by Consultant and previous VP of L&D at Black Rock, Enid Crystal, who shared a real-life example of how she is working with a global medical technology company to provide learning resource libraries using Microsoft Teams. She breaks down how LCD Models can fit effortlessly into a collaboration platform backed by a document management system like Microsoft Teams.

Enid explains that she was tasked with helping this company develop training and surrounding learners with meaningful learning assets. Her client already utilized was Microsoft Teams, which is actually built on SharePoint architecture. Working within this limitation seemed daunting as Sharepoints can be fairly disorganized containing folders upon folders. However, she noted that Microsoft Teams has truly evolved with features that could enable a powerful structure for their resource library.

Enid shared how you can build an intranet landing site through Microsoft Teams and walked us through a demonstration of a sample site which contained aspects like a table of contents that provided learning paths for different learner personas (see the Learn Learner-to-Learner Differences Action of the LCD model). In line with the concept of Learning Clusters offered by the LCD model, the learning paths were designed to provide learners options for a series of trainings, live training video segments, eBooks, and much more just in time or in the flow of work resources.

Enid details that some of the pros of using Microsoft Teams as a learning portal are:

  • Microsoft Teams is often supported and utilized in some capacity by many organizations so it should already be available to you
  • It provides for the 5 Moments of Need for Continuous Learning
  • You can add value buy repurposing assets you may already have and organizing them more effectively
  • Microsoft Teams is easy to design with web parts
  • There is a build in collaboration feature that allows learners to share knowledge, tips, etc.

It’s awesome to see how effortlessly Enid has work the LCD Model into the consulting industry as she helps organizations build trainings and resource libraries! Just like Enid’s work, the Surround Action of the LCD model can help you determine which learning assets to offer for which learners to change on-the-job behavior.

Watch the full presentation below!

How are you currently utilizing Microsoft Teams as a learning asset? Are you utilizing another learning management system that does or doesn’t work well for your company?  Join the conversation on LinkedIn