Share Your Knowledge and Experience

If you’ve been following this series on how to create better e-learning content, it’s safe to say you’re interested in sharing knowledge with your peers. It’s even likely that you are already doing so effectively.

By Kasper Spiro on Jul 16th

how and why share knowledge

In this final post of the series, we encourage you to keep sharing. Below you will find some ideas for inspiration. We address two main questions:

  1. Why should you share your knowledge (what’s in it for you)?
  2. How can you share your knowledge (besides creating a course or quiz)?

What’s in it for you?

Here are some proven benefits of sharing your knowledge with your peers:

You gain recognition as an expert

If you have been working in an organization for some time, you have probably gained unique skills, knowledge, and experience relevant to your team and business units. If you want to be perceived as an expert in your own field, it’s vital for you to be vocal about your professional expertise. You must demonstrate it in a way that benefits your colleagues and enhances their expertise too. If your skills and knowledge can aid your colleagues and team, your presence is surely valued. This establishes your reputation as an authority.

Knowledge sharing is the ultimate form of learning

According to the educational theory known as Bloom’s taxonomy, knowledge is acquired in six stages starting with remembering (the lowest form of learning), understanding, applying knowledge, analyzing, evaluating and finally creating (the highest form of learning).

The pyramid of knowledge retention

In the final stage of learning, you will be quite capable of creating or doing something based on the knowledge you have gained. At that point, you may as well write about the subject so that others can benefit from what you have already learned yourself. This is the key to knowledge sharing: by writing about a topic in a way that others can understand and learn from, you deepen your own knowledge and very often gain new insights.

You learn from your co-experts

When you start sharing your expert knowledge, you discover other people who may be writing about the same topics. This enables you to connect with colleagues or other experts in your field. By connecting with co-experts, a community of experts gradually emerges, giving you a chance to discuss your subject and deepen your knowledge. Eventually, these groups can even start creating content together. This enables you to create stronger content for your co-workers while learning from your fellow experts at the same time.

Save time

Creating a course or curated document takes time, but it is more efficient in the long run. If you are an expert in a certain field, you often have to answer questions from colleagues, give short presentations or work on an official course for the company as a subject matter expert. These actions combined take you a lot longer than creating a course. Plus, when creating a course, you are not bound to any time restraints.

Sharing your knowledge

Besides the usual course or quiz-style content, there are various easy ways to effectively share your professional expertise:

Blog/write about your opinions

Blogs are short, quick reads/articles about a specific topic. Given your expertise in a subject, consider blogging and putting your thoughts out in the open. You’ll be amazed at how deeply your colleagues trust your words. You can spruce it up by adding images, videos, links, voiceovers and more.

Train your colleagues

Help your colleagues enhance their expertise by creating simple training content. As a veteran, you are in the best position to know which concepts/best practices are most useful to your budding colleagues. For instance, start by writing about the most common work challenges that they are likely to encounter, and offer quick tutorials and short learning courses.

Make a video

Short educational videos are a trending method for sharing information with peers.

Use your smartphone and record yourself talking about a topic you are proud of. Then simply share your video with your colleagues. The more added-value your video offers, the more viral it could go.

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About the author

Kasper Spiro is the CEO of Easygenerator and a recognized thought leader in the world of e-learning. With over 30 years of experience, he is a frequently asked keynote speaker and well-renowned blogger within the e-learning community.

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