The Smart Worker : learns continuously with social media

In the first of my blog posts on helping L&D department move forward, I want to focus on how we can help others learn continuously using social media.

As I have mentioned in a number of places, L&D just won’t be able to provide everything that their people will need to do their jobs, and as Conrad Gottfredson in an article in Learning Solutions magazine, The other side of learning: performance is everything explains

“today’s work environment doesn’t tolerate learners stepping out of their workflow to learn unless it is absolutely vital to do so. And the actual nature of 21st century learners is resistant to learning options that are delayed and removed from the here and now.” 

So, an important part of L&D’s new role will be encouraging and supporting a more self-directed and self-reliant approach to continuous learning as people do their jobs; and this is where social media can play a huge part.

For me, social media provides the key tools and networks for my own personal/professional development and productivity, and was one of the reasons why I created the “resource”: How to use social media to work and learn smarter – in 30 days.

I have now offered this “resource” in a number of incarnations, most recently as an online social activity on my Share&Learn collaboration platform.

Essentially it covers 4 main areas:

1 – Finding and using content on the Social Web

2 – Creating and sharing content

3 – Joining and building networks and communities

4 – Improving productivity

The next online social activity takes place 29 August – 7 October 2011.  There are 100 free places. If you’d like to join up, you can find out more about the activity here: How to use social media to work and learn smarter.

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Jane Hart

Founder at C4LPT
Jane Hart is an independent workplace learning advisor, writer and international speaker. She is the Founder of the Centre for Learning & Performance Technologies. Her recent book Modern Workplace Learning: A Resource Book for L&D is now available, which she supports with a range of online workshops. Find out more about Jane at JaneHart.com.