SOCIAL LEARNING PLATFORM
Abara LMS encourages learners to interact with their peers, managers, and instructors by providing avenues for social learning. These include discussion forums and Instructor/Expert Q&A with learners, with chat coming soon!
WHAT IS SOCIAL LEARNING?
By nurturing an environment of experience and information sharing among employees, organizations successfully develop an engaged workforce with minimal investments.
Social learning is not limited to just observations and sharing. A major part of the peer-to-peer knowledge sharing process involves active guidance and support as well.
Social learning allows employees to learn from the experiences of their colleagues while also supporting and guiding each other. This completes the process of collaborative training.
DO YOU NEED SOCIAL LEARNING?
Social learning has been a successful attempt at transforming a once traditional and unstructured process of knowledge transfer into a formalized and recorded activity.
In the framework of 70:20:10, social learning is the backbone of the 20% of the learning that takes place. While, the framework percentage numbers are itself debatable, if we accept the 70:20:10 ratio at face value, the 20% is more important than the 10% formal learning.
Social learning presents the advantage of integrating experience sharing with technology to achieve an improved form of modern learning.
ARE YOU FUTURE-READY?
An over-emphasis on formal learning or compliance-driven education are responsible for low engagement levels and poor adoption rates for LMSes. Taking the same approach for millennials and Gen Z is certainly going to make those stats worse.
In the year 2025, 75% of the global population will consist of millennials and Generation Z. Given their media preferences and affinity towards social media influencers who influence their decisions, learning from their peers and experts is native to their process of seeking solutions.
Early adopters of social learning will see an improvement in their training activities. For some, it will also fill the long-standing gap of low engagement levels as well.
WHAT MAKES A SOCIAL LEARNING PLATFORM?
A social learning platform is an LMS with features that allow learners to record, share, and interact with others on subject matter related to work as well as employee training and development.
An LMS with social interaction features is a dynamic training software. The LMS’es social learning tool is where moderated knowledge transferred between users can be achieved. All this information is stored on the LMS for future reference.
Abara LMS allows social learning activities such as:
One-on-one Q&A with Experts
Group chats (coming soon!)
It presents the advantage of integrating social learning with technology to achieving an improved form of modern learning.
FACTS RELATED TO SOCIAL LEARNING
- Smartphones on the rise
39% of the global population uses smartphones, of which 80% use social media to learn, update, and discover content from around the globe.
Facebook on positive influencers
A Facebook research indicates increased user engagement when people come across positive words and posts. The same stands true for social learning in the workplace. One employee’s positive outlook and success motivates others to join.
- Adopters of social learning save
In 2010, British Telecom saved up to $12 million by using an LMS with a peer-to-peer teaching feature.
- Knowledge retention
A good social learning platform can help retain the expertise that an exiting employee takes with them.
- Forbes famously quoted
“Two people know more than one, three know more than two, when a room full of experienced people share knowledge, there is nothing they can’t achieve.”
WHY CHOOSE ABARA LMS FOR SOCIAL LEARNING?
Corporate influencers can share their experiences in the form of videos.
Employees/Managers/Administrators can recommend courses to take.
Group and forum chats can be used to discuss moderated topics.
Enhanced classroom and webinar experiences further aid in interactions.
Mobile-optimized features can be used for anytime access and discussions.
Learners can promote the right content.
Learners can subscribe to and follow promising influencers.
The Ask the Expert feature can be used for Q&A.