Monday, December 07, 2009

The Launch of CPLPchat

What is CPLPchat?

#CPLPchat is a place for people interested in the ASTD Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) credential to use the social messaging service Twitter to learn from one another and discuss topics around professional certification.

The first online chat is scheduled for Wednesday, December 9th from 8:30pm to 9:30pm EST / 5:30pm to 6:30pm PST.

We hope to make CPLPchat a frequent event. Ongoing CPLPchat events will be scheduled at a later date.

How does CPLPchat work?
The “#” sign, known as a hashtag, enables you to search for #CPLPchat and participate during the discussion. You can also use live-chat services such as TweetChat and TweetGrid or even seek out #CPLPchat in Twitter search.

What do I need in order to participate?

1] Follow @CPLPchat on Twitter

2] The use of a tool like TweetChat or TweetGrid is recommended to follow the discussion.

3] If so inclined, suggest a question/topic.

4] Set aside time to participate.

5] Use the tag #CPLPchat in your responses.

Who hosts the meetings?

I've created a Twitter ID called @CPLPchat that can be shared among moderators of the discussion, any given week. To participate, you simply need to follow this user, and to respond to the prompts.

What will we talk about?

Questions and topics are now being solicited via Twitter. Submit your ideas via Twitter by adding #CPLPchat to your tweet.

While we could discuss many topics in a given evening, it is currently thought that each discussion remain focused on a single broad topic.

Topics might include: substantive content from an Area of Expertise, study preparation strategies for the Certified Professional in Learning & Performance (CPLP) credentialing program, questions about the CPLP Knowledge Exam or Work Product submission, networking opportunity for CPLPs and CPLP candidates - as well as the CPLP curious, etc.

Why use Twitter?

Twitter allows anyone and everyone to respond, and offers a simple way to collect the responses of participants. As opposed to a live audio chat, the microblog interface allows you to split your attention among studying; work; television shows; parenting and the engaging conversation via CPLPchat.

What if I miss it?

The entire discussion will be accessible by simply searching the tag #CPLPchat via Twitter Search. We will also make the transcript available.

Will you join us?

Please feel free to leave a comment (below) on Why? or Why not?

~ Trish Uhl, PMP, CPLP
CEO, Owl's Ledge LLC

Twitter: @trishuhl

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