How Social Learning Can Personalize Training

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How Social Learning Can Personalize TrainingSocial learning, or informal learning, is one of the keys to delivering an effective, engaging training strategy.

We’ve spent a lot of time talking about it, sharing the stats which prove its worth, and even delving into the neuroscience behind it.

For instance, did you know that Fortune 500 companies lose roughly $31.5bn a year by failing to share knowledge, or that the human brain is a social organ and has evolved to analyse the thoughts and behaviours of others better than it can analyse itself?

While it’s clear that social learning can have a huge impact on training effectiveness, it also helps to personalise training in a number of ways!

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1. Get treated as an individual

One of the key benefits of getting social with your training programme is the opportunity to get to know your learners that extra bit better. As they interact with one another, they’ll start to vocalise their personalities and needs, which will help you tailor their training to match!

A tutor listening in to discussions (in a classroom, or posted on the social feed of an LMS) will be able to pick up on how individual learners are coping, and can step in when it’s clear that someone has significant knowledge or skills gaps.

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2. Focus on what you want

get personal with social learningWhile more formal training will deliver information in one way to everyone, once you open it up to discussion and debate, your learners will be able to focus on what’s important to them.

It might be the case that they’re struggling with a particular aspect of the topic. Under an informal learning strategy, they’ll be able to seek out and steer conversations towards this troublesome issue, giving them every opportunity to get to grips with it and really learn something!

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3. Apply learning in context

As well as being able to focus discussions on difficult topics, social learning helps put training into context.

Your content might be designed to be delivered to a large department, or perhaps the company as a whole. But if you enable and encourage learners to discuss their training with their close colleagues, they can talk about how what they’ve learned can be used within their team.

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4. Reach out to specific experts

get personal with social learningAs you develop your training programme, you’ll unearth the subject matter experts within your organisation. These are the people who know more about their area of expertise than anyone else, and who should be a point of call as you create content.

But as part of a social strategy, you could give your learners access to these experts. On our Academy LMS for example, experts have their own section which learners head to when they want to ask a question. They can pick out the perfect expert to answer their own individual needs!

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5. Let learners take training into their own hands

Perhaps the greatest of all the advantages a social learning programme can offer is the fact that it sets your learners free!

Formal training is limited by how much content you can produce, or when you can hold classroom events. But informal training breaks free of those constraints, allowing your learners to build a community and learn from each other at all times. The learning never ends!

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If you want to find out more about how a social learning strategy can personalise training for your learners, take a free tour of our Academy LMS so we can talk you through everything. Click the banner below to sign up:

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