I had the pleasure of hosting the Interest Group meeting at the June conference.
It was interesting that half the participants were not in banking or finance, but seemed to be curious to see what was going on in our sector. As well as few banks and an insurer we had two people from Enterprise Ireland, wanting to see what our current needs and prioritis were (to help their software companies), and random but interesting visitors from Kings College London Institute of Psychiatry and Specsavers!
There was a good general discussion of the the main themes from the rest of the day, particularly the use of social media - for learning or just in general - in our different companies. I learned that it is possible to be in a bank, have full and free access to external social media and still not collapse from all your commercial secrets being given away. That's a relief then. But generally IT and Risk departments were painted the villain, as they usually are, in blocking this and blocking that and that was where the majority of us were.
When asked what the major challenges were, they were:
- competition from other sectors
- whether and how to move to open source (particularly Moodle although none of the banks were considering this)
- Group IT restrictions
- Compliance training being rolled out for tickbox reasons with no interest in real learning
- the possibilities of using mobile learning but on what platforms? Should the company provide smartphones or expect staff to use their own tariffs to access corporate training? How many platforms should you cater for? And who's actually doing this?
What people would appreciate getting from LSG:
- case studies from similar organisations (banks, insurance) of real-life use of SoMe, open source learning systems and mobile learning.