From my noggin' (brain), an original answer by Frankie Kam:-
I want to share two ways in which an online leaner with employability skills can be used as an advantage by employers. Assuming that the leaner has ...
1. ...good PR and communication skills
I believe that good comunication skills are imperative for an online learner. It is one thing for a user to send a benign. non-confrontational E-mail or post on a forum, and it is another thing for a user to reply to a flame or scathing remark on the user by someone else. What does one do if for example a competitor runs you down online on, say Twitter? DO you retaliate or do you use some other strategy of carefully thought-out choice words? In the reply will show the maturity, or otherwise, of the online learner who will one day be a worker for a company. A boss would be appreciative of a staff who handles himself or herself with grace and dignity on Facebook or on a forum discussion thread, when answering an online slander or criticism. Many companies recognise the need to be quick to reply to complaintd or criticism about their company. Such staff with the ability to quench false rumors and to settle complaints from the public will be an asset.
2. ...a large base of Titter or other Social Networking followers
I once went for a seminar where a CEO said that if he interviewed someone for a receptionist post, and he found out that that lady or girl had 1,000 Twitter followers, he would offer her a job at his company on the spot! And why not indeed? If the online learner has managed to gain 1,000 Twitter followers, or on any other social networking platform (Youtube, Pinterest, etc.) then he or she will bring into any company, a whole network and base of potential clients or potential word-of-mouth marketers. Anyone with that many number of followers MUST possess an attractive quality worthy enough to be followed.
What say you, eh? "-)
Frankie Kam, Malaysia