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A problem shared is … a launch pad for social learning. What’s the key to making social learning work in the workplace?

A problem shared is … a launch pad for social learning

At Kineo we believe the key to success is as much a matter of taking stock of what's out there and what's going on (social is after all, happening all the time of its own accord), as it is about making the most of that information to enrich the solutions we design for our clients. Does formality have a place in informal social learning? Although there will be stand-alone solutions (Totara Social, for example), informal social learning is more likely to be part of a blend. For example, a solution that includes formal online modules, virtual classroom sessions, a communication campaign - complemented by a forum or community on a tool already used within the business.

The formal elements of the blend can all signpost social opportunities, even put problems and challenges out there that can only be resolved socially through discussion, sharing posts, uploading videos to encourage a more informal learning experience. Top eLearning Learning CLO Software Simulation Content for Week of Nov 12 - Nov 18, 2016. A place to explore new ideas in Learning. A Spotify for Lifelong Learning – Sandhya Hegde – Medium. It’s no secret that there is an engagement issue in edtech.

Thinking about the creative social tech Giants and how that could work in L&P. – belholland

Anecdotal evidence suggests that most online courses have 3–7% completion.

A Spotify for Lifelong Learning – Sandhya Hegde – Medium

There’s also a large mismatch between consumer expectations (“I will become an expert in Python in a few hours”) and what these platforms deliver. Hopefully, as awareness grows about the immense value of lifelong learning and the commitment it deserves, this latter problem will disappear. Listening – social learning’s most important skill? When thinking about the skills of a 21st century learner the emerging skills of curation and networking might come to mind; or you might draw on ideas around participatory culture such as Jenkins’ (2009) core media literacies: Following the recent work of Wise, Hausknecht and Zhao (2014), perhaps we should add listening to this list as we understand more about the skill of digital listening.

Listening – social learning’s most important skill?

Similar to my recent reflections, Wise et al also argue that labels such as ‘lurkers’ or ‘readers’ are not appropriate metaphors for social learning and instead they introduce the ‘listening’ metaphor with appropriate associations to face-to-face conversations. Listening is a complex cognitive process and a mode of active, rather than passive, learning and so fits in well with some of the participatory concepts above. In a digital space they describe listening as attending to other people’s posts. Wise et al identify four common types of digital listening – which one best describes you? References. Using Slack to Engage Learners.

Whether it be Slack, or Hipchat, or Yammer, there are great, creative solutions to enable your network. – belholland

Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance? Stumbled over a couple of great reads this week that flung a craving on me to share a few thoughts.

Creating resources at the point-of-work is where it is at. Just enough, just in time, just for me. Personalised, adaptive. – belholland

There is no shortage of new innovation we seek to implement in our L&D discipline, and Micro-Learning is one of the most recent.

Self-Directed Learning or Self-Directed Performance?

Depending upon how one chooses to integrate “Micro-Anything”, the results can range from truly innovative solutions to merely applying more lipstick on the training pig. Nick Shackleton-Jones posted an article back in November that resurfaced earlier this week on LinkedIn, “Micro-Learning: The Next Big Bad Idea”, where “innovation” had a different ring to it, …and no cosmetics or barnyard animals were involved. Nick suggested that we should “build resources not (short) courses”, and I had to applaud. And before L&D can pull this off, we need to break the spell. The spell reveals, at least to me, part of where our (L&D) challenge resides – Perspective. Where does sustained capability manifest? Why A Hands-Off Approach to Learning Is Best. What’s the best way to help employees gain the important skills they need to help your organization grow?

Why A Hands-Off Approach to Learning Is Best

More and more the answer is: let them take control. Innovative companies are moving away from the traditional learning and development model where management decides which seminars and classes have the “corporate stamp of approval,” then sends employees off-site to learn the approved skills. Sound familiar? Before co-founding Pluralsight, I spent a decade teaching for these sorts of top-down programs, and I saw their shortcomings first-hand. This mass approach to training was never perfect. 7 Social Learning Activities That Are A Perfect Fit In Online Training - eLearning Industry.

Some robust ideas for starting your social strategy. – belholland