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Learning Goes Social

CLO Magazine

When new employees are undergoing classroom training at the company’s corporate facility, there are ample networking opportunities — including shared meals and team building activities — so informal learning can occur organically, said George Benoit, the company’s director of training. Similarly, Canada-based Smart Technologies, a collaboration product provider, employs a combination of formal and informal learning.

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Janet Clarey

Google as a Productive Tool: Google’s Blogger provides learners a place to author their own textual, audiovisual content. Google as a Collaborative Tool: Google Groups can be used to facilitate asynchronous class discussions. Some initial research on the benefits of chat indicate that chats in language classes “seem to help all individuals engage more frequently, with greater confidence, and with greater enthusiasm” than is characteristic for similar students in a classroom.