Why Collaborative Learning is the key to your LMS’s success
Do you ever feel as though the office is an island? You spend most of the day head down doing your your job. Depending on what you do that could mean dealing with a variety of different people or tasks, all with their own nuances, requirements and challenges. Finding a moment to talk with your colleagues can be hard enough, let alone finding a moment to learn from them.
That’s why it’s so important to find a way to make the most of collaborative learning. There are vast reservoirs of untapped knowledge contained in your organisation. Understanding the best ways to utilise that knowledge can be hugely beneficial to your company’s bottom line. Interestingly, in schools, children are being taught collaboratively in order to prepare them for the 21st century workplace, yet in that workplace were not doing nearly enough to learn from each other.
So what can we do to change that?
The secret is in the ability to harness collaborative, informal learning and transform it into a traceable, tangible learning outcome. Creating networks of employees and allowing them to join communities of practice pertaining to similar areas of work, themes or disciplines is a good start. Ideally these would allow free discussion, the sharing of multimedia and a safe environment to share ideas, solutions and suggestions. The best solutions allow employees to create their own networks to focus on nuances or in-depth analysis and gives them the opportunity to invite colleagues to join the discussion.
thinqi, our Learning engagement system is xAPI compliant and complete with an inbuilt Learner Record Store.This means it can capture learning in a variety of guises and is perfectly set up to support the capture of collaborative learning. Most traditional LMSs do not cater for the real-world scenario where most employees don’t wake up everyday itching to log into the LMS. That’s because they are too heavily focused on the formal, compliance learning and for that reason they aren’t a big enough part of the everyday landscape. Engagement falls and all too soon, the LMS is being mothballed.
By providing collaboration and discussion spaces we are incorporating everyday conversation into the LMS. A vast majority of that discussion is valuable learning material. We are also incorporating a learning method proven to engage the majority of learners. When the ability to track activity and map that activity to learning outcomes is added, businesses can accomplish a number of organisational goals in one go.
- Your employees are collaborating and sharing ideas thereby improving performance in a cost effective way.
- Your employees have a single place to go to access their formal, informal, classroom and collaborative learning
- All forms of learning are tracked and stored enabling your employees and managers to evidence accurate examples of CPD with minimal manual effort.
A successful organisation is one that communicates well, by providing a collaborative, communication space in your learning environment you can achieve huge improvements in your core KPIs.
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