3 Important Benefits Of Social Learning


What is social learning and why should you consider this form of learning? Social learning is the process of learning from others and is considered one of the earliest methods of learning. Here are three important benefits that social learning offers today’s corporate learners:

Ease in access of information: Social learning makes it easy to access training materials at the point of need. Information retrieval through mobile phones and other portable devices has made learning simple, instant and convenient for learners while also encouraging continuous learning. Social learners can leverage how and when they can retrieve information either by utilizing online materials or communicating with peers around them.

Learning from your peers: Why not learn from a coworker who has previously been in your position? One of the greatest benefits of social learning is the ability to learn, both the positive and negatives, from a wider group of experienced individuals. Being able to gain knowledge through peers can help learners appreciate varied experiences and perspectives. This can also lead to opportunities for learning through collaboration with peers and other learners.

Learning when it is convenient: Time is limited, which means that scheduled learning isn’t always the preferred option. Instead, incorporating learning based on convenience makes much more sense. When information is promptly available online, learning can happen anytime, anywhere and as many times as needed until the skill is mastered.

Organizations are using social learning in multiple ways that may be formal and informal. Learning through YouTube and Skype videos, Twitter chats and water cooler conversations are some examples of informal social learning. Company intranets, LinkedIn closed group discussions and Wikipedia may serve as more formal approaches to social learning. However, social learning provides learning opportunities where interaction and learning is mostly informal.

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