Key social learning resources: Part 14 #sociallearning

There have been lots of interesting articles and posts this week about social learning and the use of social media for learning.  Here is my pick of just 5 of them

1- I am going to start this week with a post by Jon Ingham, who was at the recent #CIPDSocial event, and in which he describes ARM’s very social business.  Although the term “social learning” isn’t actually mentioned in the post, it is clear that this is fundamental part of the whole company ethos. Here are a couple of quotes from the article:

“Human, social and intellectual capital (the explicit stuff which they sell) are the company’s differentiation.  Social capital has been at the centre of their HR strategy for the last decade – it’s the rocket fuel of the innovative organisation.”

“Part of the reason that ARM focuses so much on social relationships is that their strategy is about connecting, collaborating and hence innovating and their model for innovation is primarily about open innovation.”

2 – So what does it mean to be a social business? A blog post in Visceral Business, suggests it is based on the 4 Ps – People, Platforms, Protocols and Points of Connection. [As “social learning” is an aspect of a social business, then it seems to me that these very same 4Ps apply too]

3 – And if we take a closer look at the P for Platform, then a recent article in Forbes magazine discussed the topic of social intranets and how they need to be considered as “collaboration platforms” rather than just pieces of software. [Once again as these collaboration platforms are going to support and enhance “social learning” within organisations, then this is relevant here too.]

“the best social intranet is not the one providing the most social features, but the one which ties the most business processes and data to employee’s social behavior”

4 – So if social learning happens continuously, informally and frequently invisibly in the workplace, what is L&D’s role in this?  Jane Bozarth asks (and then answers) this very question in her latest article in Learning Solutions Magazine.

“We know a great deal of workplace learning is informal; but without the tools to make it more evident, management may not be aware of informal learning in the workplace at all. But at the same time, this activity will require a quantum leap for many of us in L&D, used to developing and delivering and vetting and tracking content. What are some ways we can invite interaction and develop something more akin to a partnership with our learners?”

5 – Finally, in this last piece Jason Falls talks about the need for teachers to make use of social media in the classroom, and in fact starts his piece with these words.

“Teachers that resist using social media in the classroom are stripping their students of an essential component of their future success. Avoiding – or worse, banning – social media platforms for students prohibits them from being successful professionals in fields like accounting, chemistry, the arts and more”

He also says something I fully believe in, and I will follow up again on in a further posting later this week.

“The biggest thing holding back legislators [and] administrators who still ban access to Facebook and Twitter in schools, [and] teachers who are skeptical about social media in the classroom is their own education. They need to understand what social media tools are, what they can do and how they can be safely and wisely implemented in the education environment.  In short, our educators must learn before they can teach.”