Key social learning resources: Part 11 #sociallearning

My weekly Monday  round-up of key social learning resources was interrupted last week by my Top 100 Tools 2011 posting , but this week we are back on track with five more valuable articles and postings.

1 – First of all my Social Learning Community hosted on Yammer  is still going strong – now with nearly 1,000 members. Recently Yammer announced new social features. Find out more in their blog posting: Yammer goes social: introducing Ticker, Pages and Files, and Allison has also written about how to Use Yammer in your Training Programs.

“A huge opportunity for Learning and Development is to continue the conversation after the training program has ended. Learning doesn’t stop just because your training program has finished and the associates are back in the “real-world”. So how do you keep the conversation going and encourage associates to come back to the content when they need it most? You may have thought about using your social platform to lay the groundwork for ongoing engagement; we do hope that platform is Yammer! With different features within Yammer you can add elements to your training programs to keep the learning going before and after the training event.”

2 – Social Business Today’s review of Prof Clay Shirky’s presentation at the Gartner Symposium in Orlando, Clay Shirky: Social networking will change business like PC, laptop, email did, includes this point.

“Shirky’s message is that social media isn’t all that different. Workers are bringing Facebook and Twitter to work because they need better collaboration tools. And the longer it takes for enterprises to get social media the harder it is to make it strategic. Shirky warned that businesses can’t dismiss social networking as something frivolous. The reality is that social media just hasn’t been pressed into more serious duty yet.”

3 – Column5 this week offered a great little infographic from Socialcast, in The humanization of tech – designing technology around users:

“Historically, most technology was created to serve one purpose: increase productivity. Socialcast created this infographic to show how the most commercially successful products on the market are those that are designed around how people naturally do things, and the user experience is more important than ever.”

4 – In the Future of Talent Retreat that took place last weekend, Kevin Wheeler laid out the five trends he saw as dominating the next decade or more. One of these is working smarter:

“Working smarter: weaving together knowledge from data, people, and life. Accumulating experience, making mistakes, getting information, experimenting are collectively what we call learning.  We learn constantly and tools such as smart phones and tablets means we have devices at our fingertips to facilitate this all the time.  Over the next decades schools will change, morph, and become places where we learn in collective activities, share experiences and try our new ideas.  Rather than act as “filling stations” for our brains, they will be the hubs of discourse and sharing.”

5 – The competitive edge of the social business, an article by Esko Kilpi (shared by my colleague Harold Jarche @hjarche both on Twitter and in the Social Learning Community) makes a number of key points, which continue the “working smarter” theme above:

“Creative learning becomes the fundamental activity. It is not about consuming pre-determined content or passing tests. Learning is the foundation for creative action. Ability to better meet the needs of a situation can only partially take place outside of the situation. Learning cannot be a separate education domain outside of the practice of work. Neither can it be something with beginnings and ends.”


“Learning happens in interaction between interdependent people. Competence, the ability for more purposeful action is the emergent phenomena resulting from that interaction. People are simultaneously forming and being formed by each other at the same time – all the time.”

2 thoughts on “Key social learning resources: Part 11 #sociallearning

  1. Ann Shea

    With all that we’re discovering about social learning through social media it’s surprising that as many companies are still blocking access at the workplace. I just added a link to this startling survey summary, on the entry today on QuickLessons’ blog about why access is an integral part of resources for employees on the post “Continuous Learning at Any Age, On or Off the Job” at

    Glad to see resources and access championed here!

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