Three Types of Learning Flow

kali-river-173169_640In previous posts in this series I talked about the concept of a Learning Flow, as a continuous stream of social micro-learning activities, and explained how the user experience differs from being on a course or learning from the unstructured knowledge sharing in activity streams.

In this post I want to take a look at three types of Learning Flow and provide some examples of Learning Flows hosted on different activity stream platforms. Remember, a Learning Flow is not just about delivering bite-sized nuggets of content, but encouraging short social learning experiences.

(1) THE NEWS FLOW provides a daily social-micro learning activity based on current news and resources from the Social Web. This is a useful way of encouraging a group of people to reflect on and discuss up-to-the-minute news. This type of Learning Flow is closest to the unstructured learning that takes place in activity streams, but it has the advantage that the participants are only subjected to one piece of news daily  - so that the “signal has been separated from the noise” by the Learning Flow Guide.

(2) THE THEMED FLOW provides daily social micro-learning activities organized within weekly themes around a specific topic. This is a useful way for bringing together related activities in some logical sequence during the week, so that the Learning Guide can help the participants to “join the dots”  between new ideas and resources.  

(3) THE CIRCULAR FLOW is a rotating flow of a set of weekly themes (although activities within them may change). This Learning Flow is closest to the traditional course since it deals with a well defined body of knowledge, but it differs from a course in that

  • content is used to support the social learning experience – rather than social interaction being added to content (as happens in many courses)
  • there is a Guide rather than an Instructor, and
  • there is more autonomy and choice for the user

If you’re interested in finding out more about Learning Flows, you can do so here: Creating and guiding a learning flow

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Jane Hart

Founder at C4LPT
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 Jane and her work.