Last year, I was inspired by the concept of an online platform used to map community needs and assets in emergencies in Russia.
Of course there is more of these concepts in different places, and it is easily adaptable to several areas.
I thought this would be a great and simple concept for individual learning, although I wasn’t exactly sure how it could be implemented.
We organize so many events like webinars, short learning sessions, brown-bag lunches, and others with internal and external experts, this concept was supposed to be more practical and focused compared to the knowledge sharing events.
In discussions with one of our colleagues Zuzka Vagnerova (also member of our learning committee in the UNDP Bratislava Regional Centre), we came up with a very simple approach that we would like to try out in the coming month.
We decided to call it a skills marketplace. The learning environment should be simple, hands-on, small (three to four people maximum in a group), targeted and focused on a specific skill colleagues would like to learn in a very short time.
It is important that the learners practice the skill or use a product, so that they can learn it more efficiently. We would like to see a natural way of peer to peer follow up and feedback – we may need to work on that though
For the time being, the skills marketplace will be a real time learning space, and we will see if we move to an online platform.
On the other hand, we’re considering producing short videos for learners based on the sessions. Short videos for learners who would like learn a new skill or just learn what they are interested in for work – but also non-work related themes may be added.
In an ideal world, we would have “skills teachers,” volunteering for the marketplace with enough demand from learners. We will see how it develops.
For the first round (30 to 60 minutes), we identified several topics (Twitter, presentation design, excel or outlook, finance and project management).
We are planning to talk to colleagues and shape the focus of each so the topic is not just a broad area – “everything about Twitter,” but rather “How do I set up a Twitter account?” or “How do I engage more with my followers on Twitter.”
We’re planning to have the first skills marketplace in April. We will let you know how it goes, and if we decide to continue with the idea