Social learning is learning with and from others by moving within one’s culture, workplace, and world. It’s often unconscious and unintentional, and it often looks more like solving a problem or working together to make sense of something. Social learning is how most of us learn most things: through living in our cultures and interacting with others there. It’s how babies learn to talk and how we learn the basic rules of getting along on the playground. It’s all around us every day, from water cooler conversations to asking a co-worker for an opinion.
What are some ways to help support the new learning as people work to implement it? Some ideas include
- an online leadership book club to sustain learning beyond the confines of the organization’s structured leadership academy
- a networking group for graduates of a particular course, which can be a great way to support transfer of new learning from the classroom event
- a dynamic, evolving frequently-asked-questions webpage for new hires, created by new hires, or a webpage with tips from top sales staff
- a wiki for group projects
- a site for “critical incident” discussions related to training topics such as customer service or ethics
- a microblog-based live chat for all the leaders in your organization, or all leaders in the pharmaceutical industry, or all leaders everywhere
- a Twitter hashtag assigned to your training sessions so participants can tweet key points and takeaways to those who were unable to attend.