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Social Learning Blog Training and Performance Improvement in the Real World Home About Bios Subscribe to RSS The $2 Whiteboard Shows Power of Peer-to-Peer Learning by Jon on December 30, 2010 in Classroom Learning , social learning If you ask most people how they learn things at work –new software, processes, or policies – the vast majority will give you some variation of this theme: “I ask the person next to me.” Of course, the person “next to you” might just as often be consulted via email or other online tool, but it doesn’t change this fact: the amount of workplace learning done in formal training sessions is a tiny fraction of of the learning that takes place one-on-one, between coworkers. That’s why this post from Frank Noschese is so great. He contrasts two teaching methods that involve different kinds of whiteboards: one that costs $2,000, and one that costs $2. The difference: peer-to-peer interaction. It’s hard to overstate the importance of learner engagement when teaching complex new material, and in this case the $2 whiteboard is far more effective at gaining that engagement. Clearly this approach may not be appropriate in all cases, but large organizations would do well to carefully consider when it makes sense to let their expensive gear sit idle and instead employ lower-tech – but more effective – methods. Blog this! Bookmark on Delicious Digg this post Recommend on Facebook Buzz it up Share on Linkedin share via Reddit Share with Stumblers Tweet about it Subscribe to the comments on this post Print for later Bookmark in Browser Tell a friend Tags: classroom training , instructor-led training , peer-to-peer learning , social learning About Jon I have been involved in enterprise learning, in big companies and. less big companies, for more than 20 years. My learning philosophy: dont make people tote around loads of information in their heads just so you can say you trained them. Instead, tell them where to get the information they need, when they need it. I like to read, make films and play guitar (in private). I am a member of the Dashe & Thomson running and biking teams, and captain of its small but emerging chess team. More about me here. View all posts by Jon → ← The Temporary Staffing Revolution My Learning Resolution For The Year (Hint: It’s not “to be original ) → Download Free Whitepaper The Top 10 Pitfalls of End User Training – and How to Avoid Them Given the current state of the economy, businesses large and small are looking for ways to improve productivity while maintaining quality. Download the whitepaper » Blog this! 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