Social Media can be used to support and enhance eLearning through Collaborative Learning. Wiki’s, Blogs, Discussion Boards and Online Communities provide a wealth of knowledge that is forever changing. It allows the learner to engage and interact with people who are experts in their chosen field.

Communities of Learning

We gain a large amount of our knowledge on any topic through our community, colleagues, peers and through digital content downloaded on our personal devices – tablets and mobile phones. Our idea that formal learning happens in a classroom has changed. Social media tools are changing the game when it comes to organised learning. Organisations use collaboration tools and create environments in which employees can learn from each other instead of always looking to the trainer for answers. Because of this, Lingel Learning helps organisations create and grow collaborative environments which promotes active participation within communities among their learners.

Web 2.0

Tools and platforms continue to provide a collaborative environment for knowledge workers and learners. Although the most popular tools in use are still simple solutions, such as e-mail, instant messaging, Web conferencing and file sharing, users are becoming more sophisticated in combining various tools to meet their particular need.

With the growth of social media tools for personal use, it is inevitable they fuse into the business world as a tool for collaboration and communication. Wikis and blogs are being imbedded into learning programs to create collaborative learning environments. Instant messaging allows employees to get answers in real time relating to subject matter that is relevant to them and connect with other employees to share ideas. Most people are already using LinkedIn, Facebook, Yammer, YouTube, Twitter and other social media platforms. It’s the natural step that social media filter into learning and development.

Social media takes the greatest of traditional, formal learning and combines it with the best of technology, allowing your employees, to collaborate and function together. It improves learning engagement and in addition creates an accountability to peers that isn’t seen in formal classroom training. A change has been made whereby mentors and trainers are partnering with learners and facilitating discussions instead of directing them. At Lingel Learning, we blend eLearning with social media tools to increase productivity. We promote interaction with peers and mentors, resulting in a community of learners and transfer to application of new concepts.

Social Tools

Social tools in the workplace such as SharePoint and Yammer are enhancing the traditional corporate intranet and allowing employees to crowdsource, co-author documents, ‘Like’,’Follow’ and even provide post status updates on what they are working on. Social workspaces that serve as portals, provide employees access to communications, social exchanges, learning lessons, webinars and assessments. This allows them to share ideas, stories, challenges and successes – key drivers for successful and sustained learning.

Examples of how social learning can be implemented in your organisation:

  • Having a structured telephone call with a manager
  • Follow a staff member to see what documents or post they make
  • Post a question in a community to crowdsource and use the power of the community to answer the question
  • Taking an online self-assessment and tracking results
  • Attending classroom training
  • Listen to a podcast
  • Participate in a wiki
  • How to Videos

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