What’s culture got to do with it?
Earlier this year we attended the E-Learning Day in Warsaw. This is always a great venue to visit because there’s such a strong entrepreneurial streak in Poland and a real desire to look for new and innovative ways of mixing up everyday procedures within the organisation. All in all, the environment is always inspiring.
After our presentation we got into a discussion with some learning professionals from the banking and mobile industries in Warsaw. It was pretty clear that organisational culture and generational issues were seen as the biggest considerations when trying to deploy new ways of learning within their sectors.
The audiences themselves were in no way resistant to discussing different ways of doing things – be it MOOCs, social, collaborative, or mobile learning. Their biggest concern, however, was how to get these new methodologies past the senior (usually older) colleagues who tend to be much more wary and resistant to implementing new modalities. This is while keeping in mind that they also have to appeal to their Gen X and Gen Y employees who are beginning to assume early management responsibilities. (There’s no denying that the latter group is much more comfortable in a multi-tasking collaborative environment.)