Looking behind all the discussions I had over the last months with clients one issue was mentioned very often: activity stream.
Driven by other tools like (Facebook, Twitter, Slack, Microsoft Team, Totara Social) people are asking for activity streams as key feature for social activitiy in a platform. I thought a lot about the idea and why it could make sense in a LMS.
Corporate learning is more and more defined by an 70:20:10 concept. 70 % is learning on the job while being confronted with new requirements, making new experience, trial and error. 20% of learning is based on discussion with colleagues and managers, 10 % are formal courses organized by HR departments. A Learning Platform should support all types of learning at an institution. Lets think how Moodle can support this in the best way.
Activity streams comes in focus when people are using Facebook, Twitter, Slack Micosoft Team. The common concept is that there is one location where all activities that happens are integrated and I can directly react. Some clients reported that using such tools activated a lot of people that were inactive in blog, forum or chat tools.
In formal learning concept that has pros and cons:
better overview than only reading the number of new activities in dashboard per forum.
easier reaction in course discussion
formal learning needs concentration on a topic and it makes sense to go to the topic related course first.
most learning will use learning paths
getting a quick overview about a lot of topics I'm subscribed to
reaction with a few sentences should be easy
its not required to be involved in all activities liek a course
getting impulses for daily work are pushed in a activity stream
If activity stream grows I will see only the lastest topics.
I think we should discuss the Activity Stream idea also here.