PhD Blog Assignment – WK5

Social networking sites have created an environment where interest-based interactions have connected adult earners through passions and specific topics (Richardson, 2010). Two social networking sites transforming adult education are LinkedIn and Microsoft Teams.

  1. LinkedIn

LinkedIn, established in 2003, is a social networking site designed to connect professionals, share their work experience, skills, education, and to connect with others in their field (LinkedIn, n.d.). The personal profile page in LinkedIn allows the user to post a resume, include a professional summary, list education, certifications, licenses, volunteer experience, and affiliated organizations. LinkedIn is a social networking sites conducive to sharing recently published material on current trends in a field that would not garner the attention of an audience within Facebook, and to share topics which may be better suited to be shared with professionals within the field.

LinkedIn could be used in my professional practice to help my peers who are working toward getting published. Writing in a blog on topic specific issues and then sharing in LinkedIn will garner the attention of likeminded professionals. This will help my peers who are considering being published get in the practice of writing and having their work reviewed by professionals. The additional benefit of this is that potential employers can easily see additional work published by my peers. A second use for this is to connect employees within my organization across the state. This is a step in breaking down the silo mentality and gives employees to share more their profile and background.

  1. Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams, introduced in 2016, is a chat-based collaborative tool that allows teams to work together and share information in a common space (Koenigsbauer, 2016). Microsoft Teams capabilities improves meeting and scheduling capabilities include a chat feature, a Hub that integrates other Microsoft Office features seamlessly, mobile audio and video calling, and improved security (Sherweb, 2017). For organizations using Microsoft Office, Microsoft Teams is a simpler way to move into a collaborative environment that still keeps everything internal, enabling employees to work remotely. This tool exists within the Microsoft Office Suite and does not require additional add-ons or software. The ability to access existing Microsoft software, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Calendar, Tasks, OneNote, and more, means more efficient use Microsoft Office. Efficient use means those users who may use Microsoft Office on a very limited capacity will be familiar with the online environment and be able to navigate easily without a steep learning curve.

Microsoft Teams can be used in my professional practice for weekly team meetings. We have team members assigned to different office locations and having employees log in remotely, access the meeting agenda, and provide feedback on weekly agenda items before and after meetings would be excellent practice for employees hoping to move up in the organization. Employees that have a statewide role participate statewide meetings and teams that meet quarterly in a similar capacity. Having then practice and become familiar on a smaller scale with help prepare them when they promote and help them transition. Microsoft Teams can also help getaway from the intranet-based news feed our organization maintains. Information here is updated a few times a month. The highly customizable ability of Microsoft Teams would provide the ability to integrate the organizational Twitter Feed, internal news feed, and announcements of upcoming events. Merging these different news feeds into one location would be beneficial to all employees. This would improve the ability to keep employee informed and aware.

Reference

Koenigsbauer, K. (2016). Introducing Microsoft teams – the chat-based workspace in Office 365.

LinkedIn. (n.d.). About. Retrieved from: https://about.linkedin.com/

Richardson, W. (2010). Blogs, wikis, podcasts, and other powerful web tools for classrooms (3rd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Corwin Press.

Sherweb. (2017) 7 Things You Should Know About Microsoft Teams. Retrieved from: https://www.sherweb.com/blog/office-365/microsoft-teams/

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