LinkedIn Groups: Are you in?
LinkedIn Groups: Are you In?
by Vince Cyboran, Ed.D.
There are a variety of reasons to join LinkedIn, such as networking, job hunting, or keeping up with colleagues from former jobs. But some people also use it for learning, and by that I mean informal and incidental learning. Much like subscribing to trade publications—think Chief Learning Officer—you can browse the posts of fellow group members and read in detail the ones that catch your eye. LinkedIn groups offer advantages over trade publications. The chief one is participating in online conversations about a topic.
To access potential groups, simply click Groups from the Interests menu.
Then click Discover. Based upon your profile, you will be presented with a list of possible groups you might want to explore and join.
Some groups are completely open to all newcomers. Others require approval from a moderator. And some groups are ‘Invitation Only.’
After you’ve joined groups, each time you access LinkedIn and click Groups, you will be presented with a listing of your most active groups. This provides with a quick means of determining where you might want to focus your energies. For example, here are my most active groups for today.
If you are new to the field of Training & Development, you might want to spend time reading and absorbing new information before jumping in with quick responses to queries or sharing your opinion on topics. And, of course, you may find yourself expanding your professional network as you discuss topics with your fellow group members.
- If you are a member of LinkedIn groups associated with T&D or OD, which would you recommend to someone who is new to the field?
- What have you learned recently from a group?