Adopting Social Learning: Are we behind the curve?
From my desk, three different stakeholders in the social learning arena: learners, training managers, and designer/developers.
It seems as designers, we are always excited about what's new (ahead of the curve). Understandably cautious, I usually read managers as somewhat behind the curve. And in the case of social learning, you could argue that learners are the curve.
One of our large clients that's been holding back on social learning for a couple of years has just decided to move ahead for 2010. Looks like we'll be combining blogs with some YouTube-like submissions from users, where the submissions are focused on quarterly topics. Ratings on the submissions will tie to the e-learning reward system that's already in place (these are non-employee learners).
Because of this, as part of our annual learner survey, we decided to ask learners what resources they already use for personal and/or professional learning. LIVE results are posted in the widget above.
These results are from a real mix of ages from the 20-somethings to the 50-somethings, and unfortunately we don't have specific age or gender demographics. Still, I was pretty encouraged by the response we got.
Now's the time for you to add more depth to our survey. Are you already involved in using social learning tools? How's it going? And if you aren't doing any social learning yet, do you think your learners already have a head start on you?