Discover the benefits of implementing a new way of learning!
What is Social Learning?
Social learning is present in all cultures, genders, races, and age groups. It can be found on the playground, a classroom, a family reunion, or a board room meeting.
In the workplace, social learning is prevalent throughout the organization. Whether employees are sharing best practices with one another or reaching out to other companies across the world, these are just a few examples of social learning.
Social learning vs. Formal learning
Formal learning focuses on information that is required to be taught in a specific format. The learning material shared with the individual is detailed to a certain task or procedure. For example, a new employee would be required to attend a formal training on how to use the new company operating system.
Social learning emphasizes the importance of knowledge sharing in a casual, conversation style and thinking outside of the box. In this environment, employees feel more at ease to knowledge share and open to learning new things.
Technology that promotes Social Learning
Online photo sharing from anywhere in the world
Collaborate with others by having the ability to work on a project simulteanously
Tweet questions, comments, or feedback
Benefits of Social Learning
Organizations may discover that embracing social learning in the workplace can increase productivity, creativity, and overall employee performance. Many times companies stifle employee development by not embracing employee feedback and collaboration.
Allowing staff to engage in social learning, new products and services can be developed which makes the company more competitive. Employees who use shortcuts learned by sharing best practices may increase productivity resulting in stronger sales or faster resolution times. These are just a few examples of the benefits of promoting social learning in the workplace.