Sadly, I can’t recall my first day at school. Without disclosing my age, let’s just say it was around about the last time the UK saw temperatures touching 35 degrees. I suspect I enjoyed the hot weather far more at that age than I did recently.
Whilst recollections of those early school days have faded, I can still recall many of the friends I made back then. Unsurprisingly, most of the memories revolve around activities away from the classroom, but amongst the reminiscences of football at playtimes there are many that relate to actual learning experiences.
Key moments when someone helps you finally understand how that “thing” works or how to do “that” appear to leave a lasting memory, certainly they do for me. I’m not a psychologist but I do know and have used techniques that look to trigger both sides of the brain in order to aid recall. Mind Maps got me through countless professional exams and listening to classical music at a certain tempo also aided my learning experience.
It is the same when someone helps you understand something. Part of it is the ‘light bulb moment’ when the darkness clears and you can finally see the answer, but equally it is the emotional connection between the learned and learner.
Sharing knowledge and helping others is the cornerstone of many organizational cultures and delivery methodologies. Leveraging skills and capabilities within a team to solve complex problems is ultimately what teamwork is all about. In previous articles we have talked to that at length and how having a platform that enables teams to collaborate and achieve great results is so important. However, in this article I want to focus on the individual and the learning experience.
Learning for me is a lifelong journey. I am naturally inquisitive but equally I enjoy sharing knowledge with others. Helping people grow, overcome obstacles and achieve results fills me with a sense of personal pride and shared joy in their newfound skills.
When companies can create a learning culture where knowledge is freely shared, and people are given the time and resources to grow their capabilities, the benefits are felt not just in the individual but across the wider organisation.
That is why we at OpusView have embedded learning pathways within our solution platform. By creating a hub for people to collaborate not just on projects but on knowledge and learning. The ability to store and access training resources on demand is augmented by interactive exchanges with subject matter experts, requests for assistance, announcement of achievements and other successes.
OpusView helps organizations amplify the value of learning by connecting individuals seeking knowledge to those that have it. It clarifies learning pathways so that people can map out their own journeys and track their progress. All of this supports the adoption of a learning culture and establishment of better-connected teams which spills over into better engagement and retention of the workforce.
So, if you’ve not yet taken a look at OpusView, then please come and say hello and let us show you what it can do to transform the way in which your teams collaborate and learn together.
Martin Shaw, CTO