It’s easy to see why online training and LMS solutions is a growing segment of non-profit training budgets. The power to move at one’s own pace, the ability to work remotely, and automated assessment options are just a few of the reasons many of the world’s leading non-profits have invested in online training to rapidly deploy, scale, and develop their workforce.
It’s important to remember, however, that humans are social beings at our core. So, as you convert your training protocols to a digital approach, keep in mind the power that social communities can have on your volunteers’ and employees’ online training results.
Incorporating social elements into your training systems will augment the learning experience for your staff and support better outcomes for your organization.
Collaborative learning comes naturally
The “small talk” that your staff members make with each other throughout their week isn’t so small after all.
In fact, it’s a pretty big deal.
In an article published in the Harvard Business Review, two experts in the field noted how learning that happens with our peers is powerful because it is organic in nature.
“Peer-to-peer learning is… uniquely well suited to the way we learn. People gain new skills best in any situation that includes all four stages of what we call the “Learning Loop”: gain knowledge; practice by applying that knowledge; get feedback; and reflect on what has been learned. Peer-to-peer learning encompasses all of these.”
In fact, those same authors conducted published research that showed that when professionals want to learn a new skill, the very first place they turn to begin the learning process isn’t Google, Facebook, or an online course. They first go to someone in the workplace to talk through what that learning would entail, according to the study by Degreed.
“Workers have more options for development than ever before, but they still want guidance. When they need to learn something new, though, they are most likely to ask their boss or mentor (69%) or their colleagues (55%) for recommendations.”
So how do you get started? With a structured, yet social approach
Implementing social learning into your online training systems must be as strategic as any other initiative your organization rolls out.
Truly effective social learning isn’t just water cooler banter. It’s structured, consistent, and public.
The right LMS platform can offer features that enable you to seamlessly weave social elements into your training. More importantly, it can also include effective strategies that help you maximize the potential of these features.
Some of these features can include:
- Discussion boards or forums
- Personalization options
- Social-media-like actions (commenting, liking, following, reposting)
- Gamification with learning incentives
Reap the benefits of social learning in your organization
It takes effort to plan, implement, and roll out a new social learning approach to your training protocols.
The staggering results are well worth it, especially when you have the right team to help you achieve your training objectives. Social learning models boast a 75:1 ROI ratio compared with more direct training styles.
Start implementing social learning with Remote Learner
Here at Remote Learner, we know that incorporating social learning communities sounds great, but it may feel daunting.
That’s why we provide strategies for making the most of our LMS features for a quick, easy transition to social learning.
Want to learn how to add social communities to your LMS?