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Talent Groupsourcing

Talent Groupsourcing – The New Face of Corporate Talent Development

by Mark Sivy

Talent groupsourcing is not only an effective means of promoting team efforts, but it’s an innovative talent development strategy that can meet the evolving demands of today’s increasingly complex digitally-enhanced workplace. You may be familiar with the traditional development scenarios where an organization purchases off-the-shelf learning materials or follows a standardized formula to create and present materials. All too often, existing in-house expertise is overlooked, aspects of adult learning theory are disregarded, and post-development application of what was learned is poorly monitored and sustained. This is where the group advantage comes into play. When properly planned, developed, and supported, groupsourcing facilitates the initiation and maintenance of interactions between people who can offer, receive, or complement each others skills, knowledge, or work responsibilities.

groupsourcingSo you may be wondering what constitutes groupsourcing. Think of it as a specialized technology-supported combination of virtual team and crowdsourcing strategies within an organization. Neither of these is a new concept, but current technologies, creative development approaches, and social networking have given them much more range, value, and attention. In a nutshell, talent development groupsourcing involves using innovative methodologies to leverage in-house skills, talents, knowledge, and subject matter expertise, primarily through through the use of digital tools, virtual collaboration, online interaction, and corporate social media.

Through discussions with others who have similar roles and talents or who work on a shared project, groupsourced talent development can provide remarkable opportunities for individual learning. The ability to tap into unique talents and knowledge enhances the value of participation of other members and the group as a whole. In addition, group involvement provides the perfect environment to ask questions and receive expert feedback. These are all examples of the benefits of the learning community concept that can be leveraged to strengthen and extend talent development.

talent groupsourcingThe support that a group offers can give members the necessary confidence to make well-informed decisions, to innovate, and to take calculated risks. Working as a team, individuals can encourage one another, creatively solve problem, be more innovative, brainstorm new ideas, and provide different perspectives. These advantages lead to and individual being more motivated and self-assured, thus potentially stimulating increased efficiency, productivity and profit.

Reflection Point – Collaboration operates through a process in which the successful intellectual achievements of one person arouse the intellectual passions and enthusiasms of others. ~ Alexander von Humboldt



Online Talent Development Part 1

Online Talent Development Part 1 – Internet Trends

by Mark Sivy

The use of the Internet for purposes of communication and information has experienced rapid growth during the past two decades. The 2013 Pew Internet Use Survey results show that over 86% of all adults (18+ years of age) in the United States are connected to the Internet, whereas in 1995 it was 14%. The Miniwatts Marketing Group maintains global Internet usage statistics, which indicated in June 2012 that over 34% of the global population were connected to the Internet and that this indicated a 566% increase since 2000.

Online Learning

Internet Use

The point made by this Internet usage information is that the path is for the broad use of the Internet as an education conduit for online learning is widening. In a 2012 global Internet user survey by the Internet Society, 98% of the participants agreed that the Internet is essential for access to education and knowledge.

In the K-12 setting, there has been a rapid increase in the use of online courses and resources. There is an increasing emphasis on online and blended courses and online learning systems, such as found in the National Education Technology Plan, released by the U.S. Department of Education in 2010. A Project Tomorrow survey report, Learning in the 21st Century: 2011 Trends Update, found that three times as many high school students and twice as many middle school students are learning online as compared to the original 2007 report. It was also noted that in 2011, 27% of all high school students took at least on class online. In Project Tomorrow’s 2013 Trends in Online Learning Virtual, Blended and Flipped Classrooms, it is reported that 43% of US school districts offer access to online courses. In iNACOL’s 2013 Fast Facts About Online Learning states that five states – Alabama, Florida, Arkansas, Virginia, and Michigan – require online learning for students in the public schools. According to the Evergreen Education Group’s 2013 Keeping Pace with K-12 Online Learning Report, 26 states have state-led virtual schools, 24 states have blended schools, 30 states have fully online schools, and the number of private online learning options is increasing.

Evidence indicates that the use of the Internet for education has seen the fastest growth in higher education. An August 2011 Pew Research Center survey, The Digital Revolution and Higher Education, found that 77% of colleges and 89% of four-year universities of offer online courses. Also reflecting this growth in online courses is a Sloan Consortium /Babson Survey Research Group report, Grade Change: Tracking Online Education in the United States, 2013, which found that over 7.1 million higher education students (33.5%) took at least one online course in the Fall 2013 term. In terms of fully online higher education institutions, the Online Education Database organization currently contains reviews of over 1847 higher education schools in the US that offer online courses.

Online learning is also playing an important role in the multi-billion dollar corporate training industry as seen in articles such as one at Forbes and another at CNBC. These articles and others indicate the robust adoption of online learning as an active component of corporate training and development efforts. An infographic at the e-Learning Industry website claims that in 2013, 77% of American corporations were using online learning. Global Industry Analysts, Inc. projects that by 2015, education and corporate e-learning will be a US$107 billion industry.

Reflection Point – “The next big killer application on the Internet is going to be education.” ~John Chambers