Social networking & the workplace

eFront

Dan Pontefract’s recent blog post on companies (not) allowing Facebook at work has prompted me to dust off the topic of how social helps companies get the business of communicating, collaborating and learning done – and hence the business of business done! Social is not a feature.

What Universities Must Learn About Social Networks

Jay Cross

What Universities Must Learning About Social Networks. Increasingly, businesses are looking to more social approaches to employee learning and development. THE ISSUE IS NOT whether you are going to become a socially networked university but how soon.

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WARNING, social netWORK AHEAD

Learning Cafe

I’ve been reading with interest recent articles and blog posts proclaiming that social practices won’t work in the enterprise. Posts such as ‘ You ready to fail at social networking ’ and the excellent post from Jeevan Joshi ’4 reasons why employee social learning will fail at work ‘, have really made me think and reflect on the hype surrounding social business and more specifically the rise of social networks / communities within the work environment.

How We Use Social Media for Informal Learning

Bottom-Line Performance

Vendors talk about social learning like its something revolutionary, but I’m here to tell you its not. Informal learning is an everyday thing. Social media tools are just another platform we use to learn from each-other and find information serendipitously.

Make Your Social Network A Learning Tool

CLO Magazine

By understanding how informal networks communicate and collaborate, social network analysis can facilitate more effective learning program design and promote more innovative collaboration. Behind every official organization chart is a web of informal networks composed of individual relationships. Valuable resources and information flow through these networks in various ways, often outside any prescribed path or hierarchy.

I Believe in the Value of Connectedness

Tom Spiglanin

Social connectedness is essentially a measure of how people interact and to what end. Through experience, they’ve developed their own networks consisting of connections that span across organizational bounds. Such networks are characterized by influence, not authority.

21 Brilliant Resources for Up-skilling Learning Designers (for the Informal & Social Learning Age)

Learnnovators

THE JOURNEY: We, like many out there, are of the view that, though most learning designers possess good levels of skills around the traditional training (formal learning) area, their skill levels fall short around the informal or social learning areas. This is mainly because designing informal and social learning experiences for workplaces demands a diverse and unique set of qualities. Many Senior Executives like to talk the social media talk.

I Believe in the Value of Sharing

Tom Spiglanin

I’m not talking about the monetary value of a social share (which business people are keen on doing ), but rather the less tangible value that comes from sharing knowledge, making an individual more productive, effective, and efficient. Sample social sharing options (from YouTube).

Sahana Chattopadhyay – Crystal Balling with Learnnovators

Learnnovators

ABOUT SAHANA CHATTOPADHYAY (Social Learning & Collaboration Strategist, Performance Consultant Exploring Emergent Learning, Blogger). Her passion is to help organizations become learning organizations through social and collaborative learning.

Mobile Enables Informal Learning

Upside Learning

Last week I was at the eLearning Network’s 25th Birthday Bash in London. I spoke (for 5 min) on how mobile enables informal learning. Informal Learning. One of the challenge L&D staff has had is to understand Informal Learning and what can they do something about it.

Social Media vs. Social Learning

Integrated Learnings

We also use tools such as Twitter, LinkedIn and other social media. In a lot of cases, we are using internal corporate social media tools to collaborate. This has included reading some books, attending some webinars, and talking with other learning professionals about how they are making social media work in a learning environment. What a great way for them to collaborate and discuss the informal learning that is taking place on the job. By Dean Hawkinson.

Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

At the next tier down, informal support resources have some importance. In summary, then, we see that enterprise social networking is multifaceted. In the meantime, bear in mind that social forums grow organically. Yammer has been quite a success at my workplace.

7 Reasons Social Media Boosts Social Learning

TOPYX LMS

There are good reasons why companies should use Facebook as a means of promoting social learning. Too many business owners don’t take advantage of this free social media network out of fear that employees will abuse their social media privileges.

Drivers of Yammer use in the corporate sector

E-Learning Provocateur

At the next tier down, informal support resources have some importance. In summary, then, we see that enterprise social networking is multifaceted. In the meantime, bear in mind that social forums grow organically. Yammer has been quite a success at my workplace. Not off the charts like at Deloitte , yet very much alive and growing.

How Social Networks Can Harness the Power of Weak Ties | Social.

Dashe & Thomson

A lot of the Social Media Mavens , however, are really ranting, not about the technology, but about the human dynamics related to social networking. Instead, they might want to help us build, maintain, and exploit a large network of weak ties.

Social Learning Has Its Place…And Informal Learning Does Too.

Dashe & Thomson

Two weeks ago Jane Hart wrote an article titled, Social Learning: to be or not to be? , in which Jane expresses her dislike of the term Social Learning (big S, big L). That being said, I believe Jane’s first misstep occurs when she uses the term Social Learning (big S, big L).

How to Use Enterprise Social Networks to On-Board New Employees

Mindflash

One important way organizations can do this is to help new people “adjust” or “socialize” into the new organization. Organizational socialization goes back a long way, and includes fundamentals like helping new employees with role clarity, confidence in their ability to perform the work, social acceptance, and knowledge of how to navigate the organization. Enterprise social networks are certainly not a silver bullet.

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The Neuroscience of Social Learning

Growth Engineering

We spend a lot of time talking about how social learning is one of the keys to an effective, engaging training strategy. We often bombard you with stats proving that social learning works , but let’s delve a little deeper into the reasons why it works. Social needs.

Beware who's selling informal learning

Clive on Learning

There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that historically we have underplayed the importance of informal learning, whether that's experiential, on-demand or social. I'm equally convinced that, with the proliferation of great social networking tools and the ever-increasing confidence that learners are displaying when it comes to managing their own learning, informal learning should rightfully play a central role in our future learning architectures.

Social Learning Facts You Should Know

LearnDash

The concept of social learning can be somewhat unclear. Isn’t all learning “social” in some respect? If we overthink the semantics then I agree that social learning can seem somewhat redundant. Social learning ROI can also be established, as pointed out below.

6 Reasons You Need a Social LMS Right Now!

Origin Learning

Eduardo, I’m not talking about a dating site, I’m talking about taking the entire social experience of college and putting it online.” – Mark Zuckerberg in ‘The Social Network’. Think of 10-15 years back, the time before social media existed.

Four roles for social media in workplace learning

Clive on Learning

I write this as I travel to Birmingham to participate in a panel discussion with Nick Shackleton-Jones and Robin Hoyle on the role of social media in learning. There is no question whatsoever that social media is transforming our personal and business lives. Whether or not l&d professionals or senior managers embrace social media doesn't really matter in the long run, because there is no turning back, only futile resistance. Tags: social networking

Encourage Informal Learning with an LMS

TOPYX LMS

This method of learning is called informal learning. Sometimes it is referred to as social learning. A whopping 80 percent of learning happens informally , outside of a classroom. In corporate settings, social learning is as prevalent as it is outside the workplace.

The Social Network and the Risks of Informal Learning Delivery

CLO Magazine

The movie The Social Network has been in the news this week — as it’s been for the last six months or so — for racking up eight Academy Award nominations. It’s a great film, and, as we’ve seen, great fodder for an ongoing conversation on peer networking and the entire nature of the world we live in today (as well as for debate on whether or not it was fair in its depiction of its subject: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg).

Social Learning Cannot Be A Bolt-On Strategy

Learnnovators

I recently wrote about the challenges of integrating social learning in the workplace. Even as I was mulling over the topic and browsing through Dion Hinchcliffe’s posts for insights on social business, I had a moment of epiphany.

L&D’s Role In A Purpose Driven Workplace

Learnnovators

Re-imagining Work and Learning in a Networked World. The more I think, I feel that a PDW has to have the characteristics of a social business. The presence of an Enterprise Social Network (ESN) can be a benefit in a PDW.

How Social Learning is Powering Up Today’s Workplaces

Learnnovators

“ Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. ” – Albert Bandura (Originator of Social Learning Theory). “ How will social learning evolve in the coming years?

What is social learning?

eFront

Social learning’ has been the elearning buzzword du jour for a couple of years now and people often ask us exactly what social learning is. This may be at a surface level (recalling new information) or deeper levels (change in attitudes, beliefs). What is Social Learning?

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Social Learning is Voluntary; Collaboration Platforms are Enablers

ID Reflections

I love this description from Jane Harts post: FAUXIAL LEARNING is about forcing people to use social media in courses – or even in the workplace – and then confusing compliance with engagement (and even worse) learning. Does this mean the employees are not engaging in "social learning"?

Google+ … Room for another social network?

CLO Magazine

Although Google+ is still in its early stages, its unique infrastructure – focused on distinguishing user groups – might be all that is needed for this network to rise above its competitors – including LinkedIn. Google is renowned for its innovative and forward thinking.

What Makes Social Learning so Interesting?

Gyrus

​. What Makes Social Learning so Interesting? A Comprehensive Examination of Social Media in Our Learning Programs. Social learning, relied solely on what one could obtain in a classroom setting, working with direct peers, or what could be conveyed back in forth on a phone.

Social Learning Has Never Been About a Single Tool

Nick Leffler

Things get a bit murky when you combine eLearning with anything, especially social learning. In what world could social learning be waning? It’s not saying social learning is fizzling, it’s saying social learning in the context of eLearning is. What are Social Media-styled eLearning Tools? My first thought is the fad several years ago where rapid development tools were shoving in ways to Tweet from within a course and calling it social learning.

Social networking is king

E-Learning Provocateur

Another principle that resonated with me was, in my own words: Social networking is king. Social networking has been around since the dawn of time. Simple: it’s a social network for people who are interested in scrapbooking and crafts.