There’s a big difference!
SOCIAL LEARNING is how we learn naturally and on a continuous basis – with our friends and colleagues. Social learning doesn’t require the use of social media, although it can be a powerful enabling tool, for instance to help us connect with our trusted network of colleagues (aka PLN) around the world to ask and answer questions, and exchange ideas, thoughts and experiences,.
FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning.
Smart organisations recognise the difference between social learning and fauxial learning. So, instead of asking questions like
- How do we force people to use social tools to collaborate, share and learn?
- What collaboration platform can we install so that we can track every piece of social activity that takes place, in order to monitor what people are sharing (and learning)?
They are asking questions like this …
- How can we support and build on the natural social learning that is taking place in our organisation?
- How can we help those who would like to work and learn from one another, who are not already doing so?
Smart organisations understand that social learning happens when individuals and teams have a purpose, need or interest to work together, and that it is not about mandating the use of social and collaboration tools in traditional command-and-control approaches to teaching, training and working.