The Truth about Social Learning

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Learning Solutions Conference & Expo 2012 - March 21, 2012

Jane Bozarth

Director of Research
The eLearning Guild

“Social learning” and “informal learning” are among the training industry's hottest phrases these days. But there's so much confusion over what they mean, and what they mean to those of us in the business. In this session, participants will review the basics of social learning, including theory-based perspectives. These basics include items such as: Social learning isn't new; Social learning isn't necessarily “managed,” “launched,” “controlled,” or “measured;” People in the workplace are learning all the time – without us; Those people likely don't think of what they're doing as “learning.”
 
In this session, you will spend some time looking at real examples of social and informal learning as it happens in workplaces – all the time, every day. During the session you will work together to generate ideas for locating, supporting, and facilitating social learning opportunities toward the greater goal of enhancing organizational performance.

In this session, you will learn:

  • The differences between social learning, informal learning, and social media for learning
  • The ways learning occurs naturally in day-to-day work
  • Tactics for supporting and nurturing social learning and communities
  • Strategies for embedding learning into the workflow rather than interrupting it

Audience: Novice. This session is designed for anyone with an interest in social and informal learning.

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