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.
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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.
People love to talk. We know this, yet still many organisations are wary when it comes to introducing social learning initiatives. But are those making the leap really making the most of the benefits of social learning? In the Towards Maturity Benchmark Report 2015-16, we discovered that 16% of organisations are currently experimenting with communities of best practice and 12% with in-house social media, with these figures expected to increase in the coming years.
When the Open Badges Movement launched two years ago, it made waves. It ushered in real potential to change how we recognise, credential and validate learning. Ahead of our seminar at World of Learning Conference and Exhibition (WOLCE) 2015 in Birmingham this week, we take stock of where we are with Open Badges, and what’s ahead.
Joining a new organisation is an experience. It can be a daunting one or a great one. The LMS can play a pivotal role in making your onboarding a success, but are you making the most of it? Make it a positive and supported one through the use of a focused onboarding portal. Nina Brebner from Totara Platinum Partner Kineo shows us how.
We’ve said it before: Social Learning in the enterprise is more about behaviours than technology. You can have a great platform in place, but without the right motivations, all you’ll have is tumbleweed blowing through it. Now the Altimeter Group, as cited in Harvard Business Review is backing this up with some damning research on the use of Social Networks in the enterprise.