Social Learning

Social Learning refers to learning with and from others. We provide support on the selection of Social Learning tools and strategies to leverage them in your corporate training.

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Social learning approaches have a 75:1 ROI ratio over web-based training. (Association for Talent Development)

What is the value of Social Learning in employee training?

Even though L&D teams have been a bit skeptical on the value Social Learning can add to employee training, the fact remains the same that Social Learning is a significant mode in which we learn. Social Learning can happen through many channels – mainly through collaboration, observation, and interaction with others.

Social Learning is finally achieving acceptance for employee training on account of many factors, notably:

  • Changing learner profiles, as they are clear on how they want to learn.
  • The advent of social media technology.
  • Technology that can readily promote Informal Learning.
Why should L&D teams invest on Social Learning for employee training?

Social Learning triggers collaboration and facilitates learner engagement. It also brings about self-organization among learners and can be used to supplement various corporate training needs.

Social Learning empowers learners and is naturally aligned to the way we learn. It appeals to learners of all profiles, including millennials. It creates a higher impact as learning through collaboration helps learners learn faster and this can be applied to work quickly. It can be used to support Formal as well as Informal Learning.

How can EI Design help you get started with Social Learning and add value to employee training?

We suggest a combination of approaches. The first approach is Informal Social Learning for employee training. To begin with, you can bring in varied social media elements like blogs, podcasts, video links, wikis, and so on. The second approach is semi-structured Social Learning for employee training. To have an effective outcome, Social Learning needs a more structured approach that can nurture collaboration through a platform. This can be used to not only disseminate information but also create engaging teams that share, promote, and contribute to constantly enrich the knowledge bank.

To realize the full potential of Social Learning, we help our customers select initiatives that have a common goal and facilitate participation. Then, we recommend techniques like discussions, sharing, curating, communities of practice, and panels of experts.

Our Tips and Best Practices to Maximize the Impact of Your Training Strategy with Social Learning

1

Create forums

Provide forums to handle queries and provide support on how the challenges were handled.

2

Encourage interaction

Have your learners talk about what they are learning, what caught their interest (or otherwise). Create engaged teams that share, promote, and contribute to continuously enrich the knowledge bank.

3

Content Curation

Encourage Curation of learner-created Microlearning assets.

4

Leverage Microlearning nuggets

Encourage your learners to comment or rate your Microlearning nuggets. Have them discuss stories on what worked or how they were able to apply a certain Microlearning nugget on the job.

5

Use Gamification

Gamification and Social Learning go hand-in-hand, as it encourages competition, provides a fun element, and is aligned to a specific learning outcome.

6

Microlearning Videos

Microlearning videos are evolving as an efficient Social Learning tool as they offer a rapid development option and effectively supplement or complement your Formal Training.

Want to learn how you can enable Social Learning to drive collaboration and learner engagement?

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