Social Learning & Early Adopters
How do we define early adopters?
Are they companies and individuals who set out and say, “we are going to follow but add value”, or “we see what is possible and move forward”?
I say no.
Early adopters understand the power and benefits that come with the technology or solution. In the case of social learning, they realized the capabilities, foresaw the challenges, identified the features to bring about a new experience for their learners.
In turn, their learners responded. They gained insight, added value, engaged and inspired others, and brought a real sense of collaborative and community learning.
Social Learning is about adding social media types to e-learning. It is taking that next step, to see what is possible, to try out new ideas for higher engagement boosting comprehension, retention and more importantly, synthesis. Adult learners want to see real gains and a real world experience in their learning.
Social Learning enables that and more.
Can you add APIs (Application Program Interfaces) and Mashups to go beyond what is possible and explore new learning opportunities, regardless of the location? Yes. Can you enable your learners to create, edit and share in real time documents; offer new ideas and develop a sense of belonging through various new forms of social media? Yes, to all the above.
That is the amazing strength of social learning, but it doesn’t stop there.
Virtual Worlds can be integrated with various social media offerings, and the next evolution of social learning incorporates augmented reality, mobile learning with tablets and the use of livecasting.
Will this make you an early adopter? Absolutely. Will it offer an engagement and experience for your learners and equally as important, boost their productivity? Yes.
At this year’s Global Leadership Congress, Hitachi Data Systems, Mercer, Plastipak and General Mills will discuss the details on how they implemented and acheived success with social learning.
As an attendee, you too will experience social learning, first hand. Brainstorming, collaboration and engagement is included, all components of social learning.
A learning tool designed to help you identify the appropriate social learning types to meet your company’s business needs and eliminate the challenges is included.
So, who are the early adopters?
The Global Leadership Congress, Social Learning Roundtable will be May 11th, from 2-5 p.m.
If you haven’t yet registered for the Global Leadership Congress, seats are still available, although they are going fast. To learn more about the Global Leadership Congress, May 9-11th in Philadelphia, visit the event page.