Last week I was in New York City where I gave the keynote at the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace. The title was Social learning; the changing face of workplace learning. Embedded below is the slideset I used, and beneath it are some further notes and commets on the slides.
Notes on slides
4-7 Social learning is NOT new; it’s the continuous process of learning from one another that we has happened since we were children. But social media can make it a more powerful experience.
29 .. Which has meant that individuals and teams are now bypassing IT and L&D to solve their own learning and performance problems much more quickly and more easily.
30 – Continuous, self-organised, social learning is becoming the key way that many people (prefer to) learn nowadays – rather than intermittent training.
31-32 Although, as Josh Bersin’s Continuous Learning Model diagram shows, e-learning might be used to start the process of continuous learning within an organisation, coaching, mentoring, communities of practice and social networks are much more significant. Harold Jarche’s chart shows that learning within work teams – as a part of getting work done – is also key.
33 – 45 The growth of enterprise social networks and collaboration platforms now offers big opportunities for L&D to widen their scope and support continuous learning within teams, groups and communities in the workplace. But supporting social collaboration
requires a different approach for L&D. It’s not about packaging up courses or resources FOR teams, but working in partnership with team leaders to “scaffold” the opportunities for learning to take place
46-47 – And for effective collaborative working and learning to take place, it won’t be just about implementing the technology, but also about helping the team members acquire a range of new personal and social skills (for more on this, see Connected Worker)
53 There are therefore a number of “levels” of application of social tools for learning.
54 -62 But one significant way L&D can begin to join up learning and working is through enterprise community management
, and some of the activities involved are mentioned in the slideset.
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Jane Hart is an independent Workplace Learning Advisor, Writer and International Speaker. Every year she compiles the Top 100 Tools for Learning activity. She also offer a number of online workshops on modernising workplace learning. Find out more about
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