Top 3 Growing Trends In Social Learning
Yes, the concept behind Kickstarter, Threadless and other collaboration-based websites can also be applied to e-Learning and training. Crowdsourcing in e-Learning involves asking a question to a broad group of people for their input, expertise and opinions. It’s a great way to access the collective knowledge of a group. This can happen in a variety of ways:
2. Snack-sized learning
Remember when you were a kid and you had “snack time?” It was great, right? Well, so is snack learning! Snack learning is the simple idea of cutting a video or lecture into short, easily digested snippets—“bite size” chunks, if you will. These shorter, more condensed learning opportunities are often preferred over long days of training. Typical snack learning formats include short videos, one-pagers, infographics or a quick Skype call with colleagues.
3. Social backchannels
Creating a social “backchannel” allows your learners to contribute to and enhance learning during a live presentation. Plus, by acknowledging the inevitable background conversation among learners, you can take control of the conversation. Using a backchannel can greatly extend the reach of ideas and create a sense of community among your learners, as well as encourage your more introverted learners to participate in the discussion. In addition, a social backchannel can extend the boundaries of the physical room or auditorium by allowing online learners to submit questions and participate in the discussion with those physically present.
One easy way to create a backchannel is to designate a hashtag on Twitter, like #SocialLearning101, and to ask your learners to contribute to the discussion using that hashtag. For example, organizers for ASTD’s annual international conference in the spring created a backchannel on Twitter using the hashtag #ASTD2013. You can still access all the tweets from the event by searching #ASTD2013 on Twitter.