Krystyna Gadd tries out a new website to encourage people on different networks to collaborate – here are her findings.
It’s important to keep up to date with tools and technology in learning and development. That doesn’t always mean lots of time or budget needs to be spent or that there is a very technical person doing the leading. I experimented with a website collaboration and voting tool called Tricider. It was developed in Berlin, Germany, to help groups and teams get together and create decisions.
What appealed to me about it was that:
- You don’t have to sign up to use it
- The link can be sent to anyone, anywhere and does not depend on a social media platform
- Simple(?) to use
In trialling it I thought to ask a question that is of real interest to me and not just a made up one for the sake of it. The question was: “If L&D could do the analysis piece well, evaluation would be easy?”
Screengrab of the Tricider website with question posed by Krystyna Gadd
We had a lively and interesting debate – anyone interested in seeing what was discussed can access a transcript.
Most of the people who participated were from Twitter, from a group of already friendly collaborators, but that was only because this was where I shared the discussion initially and these people were already “there”. I like the fact that the link could be e-mailed to others and shared in different ways, to allow a community to come together just for that discussion, that question.
There were some “clunky” aspects to the tool, which quite frankly I can overlook because what originally appealed to me, above, still stands. These are the “clunks” to consider for your future use:
- There are five ways to respond:
- To the original question in pros and cons
- Add another “idea”
- Vote for an idea
- Reply to a comment
- The above means that the conversation flow is not natural or necessarily in order, but there were not too many people so I could follow it easily. If there had been hundreds, it might have gotten very confusing.
- On a couple of occasions, I submitted a comment and it disappeared into the ether without trace (not sure why). The same happened to other people.
Screengrab of the Tricider website with replies to the question posed by Krystyna Gadd – click for a larger image
Will I use it again? Absolutely! But before I do, I will investigate the difference between ideas, comments, replies etc. and word the question in such a way that people can respond and others can follow the thread. Maybe I even need to read more on how Tricider works to get the most out of it.
Having enjoyed and benefitted from the last “tricision” (not sure about the name at all…) this is the next one: “What does L&D need to conduct effective analyses before embarking on learning solutions?“
Have a go and see what you think!
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