As of today, SAP Training and Education have released 55 training rooms. There are that many rooms that most people in the SAP ecosystem could find a topic of interest to them. In the table below, I have attempted to categorise the topics to provide an idea of the balance between technical and functional as well as other key focusses. Fifty-five Learning Rooms is quite impressive considering how SAP Learning Hub was only launched in the past ~12 months.
For those of you who don’t know about SAP Learning Rooms have a look at this blog: Learning Rooms: Social Learning with SAP Learning Hub
My First attempt at Learning Rooms
SAP Learning Hub has been a great asset to my own training needs. Both for certification purposes and upskilling for work. Course Guides via FlipBooks were great and so I became quite excited when I found out about Learning Rooms.
Unfortunately (Security and GRC), my topics did not have Learning Rooms. L Hope existed when I saw the road map for Learning Rooms. I saw Q4 2014 as release dates for GRC and Security topics. Each week I would go to SAP Learning Room in anticipation that one of the rooms had been released.
In the meantime, I enrolled in Ariba and SuccessFactors Learning Rooms to have a look at the content layout (although I was already using SAP JAM). However, I didn’t last long as those topics aren’t my core discipline and I didn’t have a system to prototype in. Though, the layout and features looked great 🙂
Excitement Sustained for Attempt Two
At the end of last year, the Learning Rooms for GRC and Security were released. My excitement increased. I had marked time out of my calendar to go in and work in these rooms. I had hopes that that I could use these rooms as avenues to compliment my self-training.
In this attempt, I joined the Security Learning Room (LR-AUDSEC SAP Authorization and Auditing for SAP NetWeaver Learning Room) and clicked through the door to start preparing for the SAP Certified Technology Associate – SAP Authorization and Auditing for SAP NetWeaver 7.31 (C_AUDSEC_731) certification.
And then I was disappointed again. 🙁
It felt like there was an important meeting but there was a last minute change to the room and no-one told me. Or maybe Christmas holidays started early. The chairs were all empty and I sat there wondering what happens next. I saw folders on the desk so I clicked into them to see if they had the information I needed. But they were empty. So I applied my “10 minute rule” and left.
New Year New (Third) Attempt
Still determined, I thought time to jump back into the Learning Room and have another look around. Not much has changed. Let me show you:
There are currently only 13 members in this room of with the following breakdown: 9 Administrator and 4 Members (of which only 1 has participated). As well as that there are 4 Pending invites
SAP Learning Hub already provides me with the necessary course guides via FlipBook functionality and I have access to a work system. In accessing the Learning Room, I’m coming here to join in with the community and bridge the gap between traditional classroom training and self-paced. This is one of the reasons why Learning Rooms were created. The additional content could be videos; extra documents; questions and answers or discussions. I’d see it as the type of content that we would reject on SCN with comment the person should read the manual or seek training. This Room has the potential to provide supplementary content to better teach some of the more difficult topics.
So we have a folder for each module. This makes sense to break the topic downs to specific areas of focus for certification.
Each folder has one content each which provides the links to the applicable learning material.
The problem with this space is that it is still work in progress (Module 13 “currently the content is not available, it will be provided later” or Module 2 “will be produced by trainer later” or Module 3 “currently the content is not available, it will be provided later”) or it provides the links to the Course Guide.
In short – it’s still work in progress for initial setup
So content wise, the Learning Room has offered me no additional content other than linking to the FlipBook (love, love, love!) which I can access via the Learning Hub anyway. At most, it put some approximate durations in place and let me know the chapter.
This content has taken care of my time management skills but that’s it.
Only one member other than the Administrator has contributed content (yes I realise it’s not me) and this was a month ago. They asked regarding practise questions for certification. The question is unanswered.
This Room has 9 administrators and it’s taken a month and still no answer? Heaps of Admins and very members participants. Question not answered. The question is a month old so is there point in answering it?
Such a delay in an answer is a bit of a setup back for this Room. I thought trainers are on hand to provide guidance? Does this not apply during holidays?
This part appears to be some smarts of JAM but showing me the Most View Content or Featured or Liked. When content is minimal I’m not getting much value from here
It looks like an area has been setup for each topic. Categorisation sounds good. Volume doesn’t exist.
No one feels like chatting either. 🙁 In fairness, there’s only really been 4 enrolments.
If only this was my work calendar. Zero meetings!!
Great that Learning Rooms provide this feature. It looks like any member can create an Event. I’m a tad nervous in case I become like the unpopular kid sending out invites to my birthday party and having zero people turn up.
Seems there’s nothing else to add in as references. Not even help.sap.com or useful SCN blogs?
We may be small but we’re not jamming that well together
Securing my future Optimism to prepare for the Fourth Attempt
After round 3 I’ve called it a night for Learning Rooms. As negative as my comments are, SAP Training have done a fantastic job in building these rooms. However, the builders have done their job but we’re still waiting on the interior decorators to put in the final touches.
I haven’t gone and looked through many other rooms to see if this one is isolated. However, it is a “traditional” SAP topic so it’s not one of the key targets like HANA, SuccessFactors etc. I’m not sure if this is one the contributing factors to lack of content. At the end of the day, we have two sides contributing to the state of this empty room: lack of quality content that is unique to the room AND lack of membership.
From a content perspective SAP could improve this room by adding information. They could provide content files of configuration activities, etc. that you could upload into your system. They could use Workforce Performance Builder (happy for you to cross-product promote) and record the training activities in the course guide to bring them to light. They could link in some key articles or support documentation as additional reading. They could upload more sample questions (such a popular request from so many people studying for certification). There is so much opportunities to add content. And it does seem the JAM platform provides many tools to share content and collaborate. It’s just not happening here.
The lack of content might explain why of the other 3 who enrolled last month did not return.
From a participation perspective, will members be asked for specific feedback? How well has SAP been able to advertise and alert potential members that this room is available? Is there mechanisms in SAP Learning Hub to apply some analysis and recommend Learning Rooms to participants based on their learning plans and course completion? Is SAP Training advertising specific rooms in the relevant SCN space? But even if SAP finds way to get people to RSVP and turn up to the party, they still need to host something that captures and retains the audience.
Secondly, from a participation point of view we need to start asking the questions and creating the discussion. Unlike SCN, no question is a silly question (well… maybe it is but you won’t have someone press Alert Moderator on you). We can at least control the participation and improve our understanding and knowledge by teaching it to each other (I’ve always had the view that if you can explain it to someone so they understand it then you must know the topic yourself).
Finally, maybe SAP needs to think about making Learning Rooms an extension to classroom access. If you have paid and attended classroom training then why not be granted to the associated Learning Room? The trainee can continue their studies after the course is done (not sure if this is possible to provision in isolation to the rest of SAP Learning Hub). This might be a way to get more people to open the door and join in (and consider moving to a Learning Hub subscription to obtain the other rooms).
I hope this one example is not indicative of the other 54 Learning Rooms. My disappointment aside, I still believe Learning Rooms are a great idea and have a place to get interaction for learning SAP. But yet, it was built and (almost) no-one came.
I would love to hear your thoughts on SAP Learning Rooms. Have you used them? Is there any particular ones you see as active and valuable? How would you get more people to join in?
Reference Links for SAP Learning Rooms
https://training.sap.com/uploads/Learning_Rooms_Listing_January_2015.pdf (Updated Regularly – Navigate to this via training.sap.com > SAP Learning Hub > Scroll to PDF Information Section)
Disclaimer: SAP Education invited me to be part of their SAP Learning Hub Champions Program by providing me with a free 12-month subscription to SAP Learning Hub Customer Edition, which includes access to the Learning Rooms