Eighty percent of all corporate learning today takes place through on-the-job interactions with peers, experts and managers. For millennial workers, who now make up most of the workforce in North America, social learning helps develop those important soft skills now in demand by their employers.
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Social learning is a core element of a modern learning strategy. Technologies that facilitate social and collaborative learning can help employers realise productivity gains of up to 25% and have become a top priority for 44% of organisations.
Combined with 360-degree reviews, social learning and social feedback can help optimise learning outcomes. Managers can use social learning to provide ongoing coaching opportunities, intervene to correct behaviours or provide critical feedback to get the most out of an employee. As workers and teams become increasingly interdependent and collaborative, so too should feedback structures. Social and collaborative learning can also help employees tap into expert advice, mentorship and feedback from people across the organisation. They can also reach out to peers for feedback and safely practice their learning with trusted colleagues.
Here are just a few of the many benefits of peer-based social learning:
- It encourages continuous learning
- It connects and streamlines business functions
- It encourages knowledge transfer
- It helps employers quickly find and address learning gaps and issues
- It results in higher performing organisations
Whether it’s an employee engaged in personalised learning or an entire cohort of new hires embarking on a learning journey together, collaboration with others is not only helpful—it’s usually welcomed. Employees enjoy the opportunity to share their experiences and knowledge with others, practice their skills, and reflect on course content and the learning journey itself.
The Brightspace learning platform has a collaboration feature that gives employees the ability to create posts in their course activity feeds. This ability for all learners to contribute to the broader learning conversation will, without doubt, go a long way toward creating an increasingly engaged learner population and a more social and collaborative learning experience for all.