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Virtual remote learning tips, content-sources & tools – New Mission!

Remote working is the new normal. Become a remote Learning Advisor!

Many people try to make the best out of this situation and learn and acquire new skills. Others just need to learn remote and virtual now for business continuity.  To support everyone in remote learning we collected the below tips & helpful resources and hope they help you.

Together with the SAP Community we now want to even enhance those tips further. Everyone can contribute in the mission “Remote Learning Advisor“. See below the initial tips from our community wiki. 

 

 

Tips for learning remote & virtual

Place

  • Ensure the right furniture to avoid back-pain. To stand up sometimes you might put your laptop on a box or window board
  • Ensure propper equipment (Headset. Laptop) if not possible BYOD bring your own device – everyone has smartphones!
  • Connectivity, stable internet connection incl. access to company network via VPN
  • Discuss with the ones you live which spaces are used by whom for work

Health & body

  • Ensure breaks (stand up),
  • Exercise – from yoga to stepper – there are many great apps for guidance. Free e.g. and extensive is e.g. the Nike Training Team (NTC)
  • Time to relax and calm-down: practice a daily mindfulness or meditation session via guided apps – a good list is here – on Spotify you find guidance in the Genre Meditation

Values & Mindset

  • Remote learning & working needs trust in self-organization as everyone has another context (family, space, equipment etc.) and needs to organize the own productivity
  • Clear goals & tasks and regular communication help to keep on track and be motivated
  • Self discipline is important as you do not have the drivers of colleagues or managers meeting you in person- online-sessions for parallel work can help (like a virtual co-working space)
  • Respect, appreciation & empathy if others are not reachable, or work focused on their learnings/ tasks without interruption
  • Some find it helpful if they use similar clothes like at work to be more in a “work” mode

Learning Methods / LearnHacks

  • Set goals & timeslots (via your calendar) for learning.
  • Develop a learning plan on how to achieve your goals
  • Also use a daily plan e.g. via a Kanban Board with your family (joint breaks, school support etc.)
  • Break up your learning goal into many small steps & plan regular tasks to achieve it – plan it like a project
  • You can use a timer, an app or the pomodoro technique (25 min) to learn focused
  • Don´t forget to plan self-reflection & hands-on-practice
  • To focus and avoid distraction/ procrastination it might help to listen to chill-music like in brain.fm or e.g. Genre “Focus” on Spotify
  • Ensure social support like via a learning buddy, mentor or coach
  • Think of energizer tasks – e.g. find a red thing in your room and show it in the webcam, change location (e.g. outside, stand-up)
  • Document your progress – for your self e.g. in blogs, mindmaps, whiteboards, wikis, digital-notes like evernote/ one-note – also collaborative with your team and network
  • Develop routines like daily standup meeting with team, but also your family
  • Ensure to meet via video to create social interaction & emotional rapport
  • Find examples how others learn remote and learn from them
  • Retrospective in the evening or end of the week
  • Create virtual private sessions with NO work talk
  • Leverage personal productivity methods from time management or GTD (Getting Things Done)
  • A virtual LernOS Circle combines many elements (guidance, social support…) → https://cogneon.github.io/lernos-core/
  • Leverage further LearnHacks: Collection of Tips & Tricks for effective learning via the SAP Community or templates for download

Learning Content Sources 

Tools for Learning & Collaboration

I use Zoom for Videokonferences, Teams for collaboration & telephony, Jam & MSTeams as Enterprise social Network, Mural for Brainstorming – however check out what is best for you and your business + check out further lists if you need further guidance:

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  • Some of my personal Favourites to increase my knowledge and productivity :

    • Feedly : Feedly is an online RSS / Feed-reader. I love it but obviously you have to put in some effort beforehand in setting up your desired Website resources. You can also add specific Tags from the SAP Community so you’ll get an update when new content has been added … (It has a Mobile App as well although I don’t use it.)
    • When working in IT there are a lot of good resources on the web. With regards to IT-Architecture, Dev & Engineering Culture, etc. InfoQ.com is a pretty good resource with Podcast Interviews and Presentations. For one reason or another, the Videoplayer on their Website isn’t that great (bad performance, freezing), but they have a great InfoQ-Presentations App (still in beta on Android?) which works really well on Mobile …
    • PodCasts such as the ones from the SAP Community offer an additional medium to learn new stuff while possibly engaging in another activity.
    • Twitter as a tool to connect with people from the SAP ecosystem. I feel the SAP world has a pretty solid community presence on Twitter, both individuals as official SAP channels. And you could set it up with a main (only?) focus on such Work-related resources. In that way, you can get some interesting feedback (for instance : SAP Mentors that post new information, pictures from SAP-Events or links to online Slideshows etc.). In my case, I’ve set it up to be a Work-focussed medium primarely and I even limit access from Mobile and instead use Tweetdeck to get features related to visuals and search …
    • If you want to see SAP Inside Track Presentations online, there is a community-lead effort to publish these talks on OpenSIT.net and I greatly appreciate the efforts!
    • Finally I recently discovered a SAP hosted E-Book Library on non-SAP related Topics from BookBoon, ranging from Problem Solving to introductions on specific Software Tools, topics such as Leadership, Soft Skills etc.

    I hope my additions help others in search of new Learning Resources.

    Kind regards

    Nic T.