Sharing What Works

March 22 – 24, 2017 Orlando, FL

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ECO212 Building a Learning and Social-Collaborative Ecosystem in Slack

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 22



Workplaces are awash in email traffic, competing demands, and hard-to-maintain courseware, while businesses try to operate more responsively to the needs of both the marketplace and its stakeholders. To better work within this complexity and remain relevant to the business, L&D needs to rethink the methods it uses to support learners. While expensive, enterprise-weight solutions exist for this dilemma, there is a simpler approach you can consider that has shallower learning curves, stronger impact, and greater extensibility—Slack.

In this session, you’ll learn how just how easy it is to use Slack to build a learning and collaboration ecosystem. This social-collaborative tool enables real-time communication and is particularly positioned for success in L&D. You’ll discover how its capabilities extend learning from stand-alone offerings into micro-communications and context-related expert sourcing. You’ll also explore case studies on how Slack can be combined with the analytics functions available in the tool itself as well as through other services such as Google Analytics and Learning Locker for xAPI. This session will give you the keys to designing and managing your learning ecosystem in the workplace for improved performance or in higher education settings to support local or distributed student populations.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The basics of the Slack platform
  • The design fundamentals and practices needed to use Slack to support learning
  • What measurement and analytics tools can help you learn more about your Slack ecosystem and how it functions
  • What management/facilitation fundamentals you’ll need to grow and foster your learning ecosystem

Novice and intermediate designers, managers, and directors.

Technology discussed in this session:

Mark Sheppard


Mark Sheppard is a seasoned L&D practitioner and consultant who believes in the power of innovation and challenging expectations. He is also a shameless educational technology geek and a social-learning evangelist with extensive private and public sector L&D experience varying from military to healthcare. Mark holds a certificate in adult training and development from OISE, a certificate in human resources management from Seneca College, and a master's degree in learning and technology from Royal Roads University.

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