As I’ve been talking to fellow L&D professionals about their thoughts around social and informal learning – specifically about how they plan on formally integrating these approaches into their learning strategies – it’s been clear to me that there is much excitement about the potential of these methodologies to significantly increase L&D’s capability to support the business.
One of the barriers – if that’s the appropriate word – is the fact that learners don’t necessarily recognise these approaches as “training” and so neglect to make the most of them. The feeling is that by educating people as to the validity of social and informal learning, there is much scope to use these methods to better leverage workplace learning.
If we are looking to give our learners some pointers to get them started, then perhaps we can look at the “five moments of learning need” framework as our model. Continue reading “Using social and informal learning to meet the five moments of learning need”
Executive book summaries have been around for some time now and – thinking about it – were probably one of the first learning resources in the genre that we now call micro-learning. As a personal user of these, I’m hooked on them and would like to see them used more often to support learning and development.
With the now conscious move by many organisations to adopt learning approaches that blend formal learning with social and informal learning activities, now is the time to look again at where these fit in. Like the use of most generic learning resources, you do need to invest time and energy to see a return on your investment.
Here are my suggestions. Continue reading “Using Executive Book Summaries”
Your learning management system is probably the most complete source of learning activity in your organisation. After all, that was their primary function when they were first envisioned. You probably also spend quite a bit of time running off reports for various stakeholders, including business leaders and subject matter experts; and many will focus on the mandatory training that was also the raison d’être for most systems.
For decades, we’ve focussed entirely on reporting what has happened – and no doubt then quibbled over the numbers – but that is hopefully about to change. Our LMS should be our primary source of learner insights. Continue reading “Using LMS Data Differently”
We all recognise that organisational culture has a strong influence on whether social learning truly takes off as a valuable learning approach. Of course, it often happens quite naturally, so it’s very unlikely an organisation doesn’t have this channel in their mix, but organisational culture can hinder its deeper adoption and restrict its use strategically to meet organisational learning needs.
In my previous post, “Understanding Online Learning Communities“, I referenced one of two pieces of content that had recently appeared in my social learning feeds that I’ve found useful in terms of understanding online learning communities. Today I’m going to refer to the second.
In his posting, “Developing a Digital Collaborative Culture”, Terence Brake draws on the writings of author, Don Tapscott, to explore four behavioural principles that should be nurtured to enable our learners to become successful digital collaborators. I’ve looked at these from the perspective of effective participation in social learning. Continue reading “Behaviours that support social learning”
Online communities – often based around a discussion forum – are one of the most cited features in the area of social learning, but they are also some of the most difficult to get established. Most of us have experience of entering forum ghost towns, with those tell-tale signs that things aren’t too healthy, such as a flurry of activity a few months ago, with nothing since; or lots of questions, but no answers.
Many years ago, when I spoke at a social learning conference I suggested that L&D go where the conversations are already happening, rather than trying to engineer them from scratch; and I’ve seen plenty of examples where that’s worked. But there will be times when we do need to take the lead, particularly if the business does not have much experience of self-starting virtual collaboration.
There is an increasing body of research that gives us some pointers to creating the right conditions for forums to flourish and coincidentally, over the last few days, two pieces of interesting content have surfaced in my social media feeds that I want to share. I will cover the first today. Continue reading “Understanding Online Learning Communities”