I'm conducting a research project in to the Effectiveness of Social Computing for Workplace Learning (a.k.a, Enterprise Learning 2.0). Here are a few early discoveries from the data gathering phase of my research:
1) 80% of respondents work for organisations that provide access to corporate social computing for workplace learning to their employees through the Internet.
2) 8% of those repondents claim that access to the corporate social computing environment is accessible without any form of authentication or virtual private network. Unless those 8% all happen to work for the likes of twitter, youtube and suchlike, I find it difficult to believe that organisations open up their corporate social computing tools to the Internet in this 'come on in, the water's fine' manner.
3) In either case, complex security authentication does not seem to inhibit access to Learning 2.0 in the Enterprise, with 75% of respondents claiming that they never or rarely experience complex security issues when accessing their employer's social computing environment for workplace learning (as we know, 8% have no such barrier!).
4) Access to corporate social computing for workplace learning is rated as Good or Outstanding by almost 60% of respondents, and only 6% rate access to their employer's social computing for wokrplace learning as poor.
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Good look with your research project. I'll drop in and fill out your survey. Regarding point 2 above maybe these respondents use Yammer which is accessible outside firewalls but (in general) communities are limited to members with the same organisation email address.
You could be right, but even Yammer requires a user ID and password - even if pre-populated.
The question I pose in the survey is:
Does your employer provide access to social computing for workplace learning from the Internet?
Yes, without authentication (8%)
There's no option for 'Yes, without authentication except the authentication that's implicit and hidden from view'