With potential benefits around improved learner engagement, increased innovation and creativity, and improved productivity and efficiency, it’s not surprising that so many universities and colleges are turning to social technologies to reinvigorate the ways in which their teaching staff interact with students, and research teams collaborate amongst themselves and across institutional boundaries – just as organisations are learning to do across all industries, in order to enhance the way they do business.
However, achieving successful social collaboration within an organisation is about more than getting people to use a new tool; it involves encouraging people to change their well-established behaviours and habits, and to work in different ways which embrace openness, co-operation and transparency. This is not something that can be achieved overnight, and demands a careful strategy and the right investment, leadership and commitment to get right.
If you are facing this challenge in your institution, I have some great news. To help you get the most out of your social collaboration investment, MWD Advisors is hosting an event in London on the 15th October called Making Social Collaboration Work – and we’re offering ALT members a 20% discount on their tickets.
Designed specifically for people like you, tasked with ensuring the success of your institution’s social collaboration initiative, the event focuses on practical advice and lessons learned from across a variety of sectors, shared directly by a panel of leading case study speakers from organisations including Pearson, UnLtd and Macmillan Science and Education, who have made this technology work for them.
You’ll benefit from in-depth peer-to-peer discussion, interaction and real-world advice about how your institution can guarantee getting real value from a social collaboration investment. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re looking for ways to reinvigorate an existing initiative; whether you’re implementing a few social features, or rolling out a full enterprise social network institution-wide; this is a great opportunity to network with others facing the same challenges as you – and learn from people who have done it successfully already. To find out more about the event agenda for Making Social Collaboration Work, and to get access to a fantastic set of free reports and articles that we’ve curated in association with the event,visit the event website. Implementing technology is only the beginning of your social collaboration journey; it’s what you do afterwards that will determine your success. Join us at Making Social Collaboration Work to learn what works and what doesn’t, and to arm you with strategies and ideas to maximise the potential of your social collaboration initiative.
ALT Members can see how to claim 20% on the Member Offers and Discounts page, and we hope to see you there! If you book a ticket before August 1st, you’ll benefit from a 25% Early Bird discount as well.
Steve Kidd, Marketing Executive, MWD Advisors
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