Social learning is a powerful tool that enhances learner retention, maximizes training return on investment, and promotes employee satisfaction. Harness the benefits of social learning with these eight online activities:
1. Engage in Online Discussion Forums
Encourage idea-sharing and learning from others through discussion boards or forums.
Create separate forums for each course, allowing learners to discuss course materials, share ideas, and ask questions.
Stimulate conversations with thought-provoking questions, statements, or video content. Discussion groups are ideal for tackling complex subjects as learners can respond to comments, build on ideas, and gain a deeper understanding.
Ensure a safe and productive learning environment by having instructors moderate the forums, providing guidance, feedback, and ensuring appropriate content.
2. Collaborate on Projects
Give learners an opportunity to work together on a project, share ideas, and collaborate to achieve a common goal.
Group projects can be completed in real-time breakout groups or asynchronously through email, messaging, or other platforms.
Provide feedback and guidance to learners upon project completion.
3. Peer Reviews
Promote interactions and critical thinking by having learners review and provide feedback on each other's work.
Assign peers to review case studies or projects and create an evaluation rubric with specific criteria.
This will promote a shared understanding of skills and encourages deeper thinking and knowledge sharing.
4. Conduct Engaging Webinars
Bring learners together in real-time webinars featuring interactive elements like surveys, polls, chats, breakout groups, and Q&A sessions.
These interactions increase engagement, especially with remote audiences prone to distractions.
Encourage active participation by sharing topics or questions in advance and focusing on interactivity rather than passive listening.
Send out a list of topics or questions in advance so they'll be ready to discuss the content.
Keep the focus on interactivity to ensure your webinar is social rather than an instructor-led broadcast.
5. Implement Simulations
Instructors should provide learners with hands-on learning experiences to practice and apply their knowledge in a safe environment.
Conduct live video conferencing sessions where learners tackle real-life scenarios.
Divide them into breakout rooms, allowing them to apply learned skills.
Debrief as a group to facilitate collaborative learning.
6. Incorporate Gamification
Introduce game elements like points and leaderboards to motivate learners and encourage friendly competition.
Learners can earn points and prizes for completing tasks, quizzes, and assignments.
Design games that encourage social connections or collaborative problem-solving related to the training topic.
Maintain a friendly and engaging competition while aligning it with training objectives.
Establish one-on-one mentorship partnerships through video conferencing or chat apps, facilitating personalized learning and skill development.
Match experienced employees with newer employees or those seeking growth opportunities.
Provide foundational content for discussion while allowing space for mentees to ask questions and mentors to share experiences and advice.
Use online questionnaires to match mentors and mentees based on skills and interests. ,
8. Utilize Social Media Channels
Create private groups on popular social media platforms such as LinkedIn or Facebook to create interaction and idea-sharing.
Social media provides opportunities for learners to communicate and collaborate with individuals beyond their usual network.
Establish closed groups to prevent distractions, then post projects, tasks, or questions to initiate conversation and collaboration.