As we all know, people love to talk. However, despite this, many organisations remain wary of social learning initiatives. Many managers believe that encouraging social learning means that people will veer off into irrelevant conversations or spend more time talking than working. Relatively few businesses have taken the plunge so far and implemented a social learning platform, but we predict that they’re only going to become more popular in the coming years - not least because of their impact on learner engagement.
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Social learning happens every day, both in and out of the workplace. If you've ever tweeted a question like 'How do I tune a ukulele?', read forum replies to find out about a health condition or asked a native speaker of a language to help check your grammar, this is all social learning in action. Most of the time we don't even think about these as learning activities - they just happen as part of our normal lives.
If there are two things that whales are known for, it’s that firstly they’re very large, and secondly, they sing to to communicate with one another under the oceans. But did you know that whales learn songs just like humans? That’s right, whales engage in a form of social learning, meaning that they learn songs in chunks, remixing them and changing the patterns over time.
When Albert Bandura sat down and wrote his Social Learning Theory, we’re pretty sure he wasn’t thinking about learning management systems. We don’t blame him – sometimes it’s hard to see the two mix and merge – so let’s get some ideas, and show how a LMS can help boost the social learning processes in your organisation.
Social learning is becoming an increasingly popular element of organisations’ learning strategies, as it supports the 20% of the 70:20:10 model focused on learning through relationships with others. However, many businesses aren’t making the most of this valuable approach to learning. Our easy recipe will help you focus your efforts in the right way to ensure your social learning initiative is a success.
This is a guest post from Julie Petersen. Julie writes about topics in learning and technology.
You decided to immerse your learners in the online world? That’s great! The internet is an endless source of knowledge that you’ll finally start using productively. However, it’s also a source of distractions, and social media websites are considered by many to be the greatest distractions ever.
Something we hear frequently at Totara Learning is organisations saying ‘We love the idea of social learning, but we don’t know if it’s for us’. The good news is that social learning can benefit teams of all sizes and types, and social learning platforms like Totara Social are ideal if you’re looking to get to grips with social learning. In this post, we’re going to look at some use cases for social learning platforms.
Achieving a position in upper management is not an easy task. Sometimes it takes years of working through the lower-level jobs before a promotion is offered. Other times it simply takes a degree and some basic knowledge. Either way, the effort put into the process takes time, and it is a proud moment when a dedicated employee becomes a manager.
Social learning is on the rise. Organisational use of communities of practice is set to increase by 28% to 78%, while the use of learning communities is predicted to increase by 26% to 72% in the next two years. But we sometimes hear L&D teams saying they're not sure how social learning fits into their existing learning strategy. The fact is, social learning is beneficial at every moment of learning need, and this post will explore how you can integrate social into your learning experience at every stage.
Is social learning just another bandwagon? Can it make a real difference to your business? ‘Social’ is often bandied around as a palliative that can take care of all sorts of things. To what extent is it an urge to duck the responsibility and cost of providing formal learning or a genuine recognition that this is how many people like to learn these days? After all, a recent Towards Maturity Excellence in Leadership Development report indicated that 91% of learners in leadership development find collaboration with others essential or very useful.