I had been planning to post both during and after the recent ASAE Great Ideas conference, but things have been quite busy lately at Tagoras. Overall, I thought it was one of the better ASAE events I have attended in recent years, and I think the Next Generation Learning track put together by the Professional Development Section Council went particularly well. I delivered a session on social learning as part of the track and the video below (click through if you dont’ see it) is from that session.
There are a couple of perspectives on social learning that come into play in this clip. The first is that social learning is ubiquitous. Just from the number of Facebook users alone (well past half a billion at this point) we know that most people – your members included – are using social media at this point, and when they are using social media, they are usually learning in one way or another. But that leads to the second perspective – and the one that is most important in this video clip – the fact that social learning is ubiquitous doesn’t automatically make it useful within your organization’s education strategy.
I think to ignore social learning – to not consciously factor it into your product strategy – is bordering on negligent at this point, but organizations have to take clear steps to embrace social learning if they want it play a meaningful role. In the video, I highlight two steps – raising consciousness and teaching the tools. The third step – not covered in the video – is leading the learning, i.e., taking your learners places where they might not yet know they want to go.
Slides for the full presentation are also available at: http://www.slideshare.net/TagorasSlides/embracing-social-learning.
I welcome your perspectives on social learning and how it does- or does not – factor into your current education strategy.
P.S. – Be sure to also download our free report on Social Learning in the Association Space.