Some of you might already be aware that I’ve been working on a new venture in recent months. And I’m thrilled to say that the beta of mylearningworx is now live! and because I am bursting at the seams with excitment, I thought I’d tell you a bit more about it here.
What is mylearningworx?
It’s the UK’s first crowd sourced learning content site. Crowd sourcing online (and more specifically crowd sourcing learning) as a concept is now gathering enthusiasm in the UK (it’s been popular in the US for some time). Essentially the site is going to be a hub where users can buy, sell and create learning online. Lots of people now go to sites like YouTube to find out how to do things, and we’re taking that to the next level. The site will contain professionally developed elearning such as health and safety modules. But the ‘create’ element of the site also lets people author and publish their own content on anything from gardening to knitting – the sky’s the limit! Once these courses are published, they can either be given away for free or sold at a price set by the author.
Come and have a go
The beta site is now open for you to log-in and have a look around. We’re hoping lots of people explore it during the beta so that the crowd is also shaping the site as well as the content. There’s feedback functionality built into the beta so you can tell us your thoughts as you work through the site. Just visit mylearningworx to take a peek.
Worxshop at Google
In the build up to the beta launch, we asked ourselves one really important question. Well, that’s not true, we asked ourselves millions of questions, but this is one of the really important ones!
1) How do we help mylearningworx users create great online learning content?
The truth is there’s no one single answer to this question. Our users are likely to be people who have never ever created any kind of online content before and might not be technologically minded, let alone versed in the intricacies of instructional design.
So in addition to creating a whole raft of helpful content to support potential authors, we are also running the first mylearningworxshop (geddit?) next month, hosted at Google Campus which is a hub for new UK start-ups.
Date: Thursday 13 December 2012
Time: 10.00am – 3pm
Location: Google Campus, London
This hands-on workshop will take users through:
- What tools to use and how to use them when creating content (most of them free or software you will have already!)
- Elements of instructional design
- How to avoid common elearning pitfalls
- Engaging with an audience
- Communicating with potential learners and promoting your courses
Hopefully it doesn’t seem like a contradiction to have a face-to-face get together when we’re all about online learning. But we didn’t just want to do a boring product launch. It’s our aim to give something back, so we wanted to give everyone a chance to meet some of our experts in person and get some great free training.
Full details of the day will be coming soon. But if you’d like to pre-register or receive further information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a comment below. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis and we’re charging a teeny nominal fee so we can feed you lunch and give you lots of coffee, tea and biscuits.
We’re really excited about it and would love to see you there
And if you have any immediate thoughts on what we’re doing, just leave them below and get the discussion going.