Learning together – being apart

What would a great virtual learning community look like?

I love being in the room with people but I also like being at home.  After working for over three years* delivering sessions to people in London, Cardiff, Belfast, Newcastle and places in between I would like to spend a little less time in hotels and on trains. Recently I have found it impossible to get a good night’s sleep for the majority of my visits due to noisy roads, noisy customers in the hotel, noisy lift gear and on one notable occasion being in a hotel next door to the apartment of a band practising Seven Nation Army until 1 am. I have also struggled in through illness and would have been much more comfortable (and less contagious) in my own space and am more and more irritated by things that are outside of my control such as travel disruption and bad weather.

I get the same feedback from the people who attend the programmes I run. They miss being at home with their families, begrudge the time spent travelling and are concerned about the cost to their department and the environmental impact. There is value in them being away from the office, with people from diverse workplaces and to meet a wide range of knowledgeable speakers but do the benefits outweigh the downsides and is there a viable alternative?

I would like to test this. I am looking for people who are interested in a virtual learning community. I don’t know exactly what it will look like yet because it will depend on the needs of the people who are part of it.

If you would be interested in helping me to test my hypothesis please get in touch.

Email: hello [at] sharondale.co.uk

Twitter: @pixlz

*Three years in this role but a total of six years in the previous ten requiring work away from home.