At Pathgather, we believe that enterprise learning has the power to be a transformative force in an employee’s overall learning experience. With the right tools and an engaged workforce, we think it’s possible.
That’s why we are especially excited about the latest feature addition to the Pathgather platform - gatherings. With gatherings, you can build collaborative and engaging learning communities to find people who share your interests, start conversations, and share learning resources.
What is a gathering?
Think of a gathering as a learning community focused on a common topic, skill, or interest. They allow learners within Pathgather to share paths and other learning content in a targeted way and also to start conversations to learn from one another. For example, the “Data Science Enthusiasts at Company X” gathering would be the perfect avenue to allow people to share courses on a new methodology, ask questions about a programming language, and connect with experts and enthusiasts across departments.
How does it work?
True to Pathgather’s core belief in employee-driven learning, anyone with a Pathgather account can create a gathering. Gatherings can be set to public (anyone in your company can view and join the gathering) or private (membership is managed by a gathering administrator and content is hidden from non-members). Each gathering contains an event feed, conversation board, learning catalog, and member directory.
As an L&D professional, how can I use gatherings to engage my learners?
Glad you asked! Here are our top five best practices:
Identify subject matter experts, leaders of internal initiatives, or heads of departments who would be great early adopters. Meet with them to explain Pathgather, explain gatherings, and get them to commit to building a community. You will be instrumental in building your company's initial network of gatherings, and your involvement will help organic adoption take off. Your Pathgather Customer Success team is happy to help you with all of these things!
Find the obvious use cases for gatherings. Your engineering team, your human resources department, and your public speaking club all have an innate need for knowledge sharing and collaboration.
Find the creative use cases for gatherings. Is there an upcoming company all-hands? Create a gathering to start the conversation in advance, collect Q&A questions, and share presentation materials. Does your diversity and inclusion group work closely but in offices all around the world? Use a gathering to share relevant resources, discuss upcoming initiatives, and connect all members of the team in a single place.
Make sure you (or the gathering administrator) have a plan for each of your gatherings. People aren’t going to return if there isn’t compelling content and conversation in the gathering.
Skill- or topic-driven gatherings, such as Data Science Enthusiasts or Public Speaking Club, are most effective in enriching your learning environment and spurring collaboration when kept public.
Gatherings mark a major advance in our mission to create a learning platform that both employees and organizations truly value, and we couldn’t be more excited to keep building upon it moving forward. If you have any questions or thoughts, get in touch with us!