Social Collaborative Learning
Workplace collaborative learning has been gaining popularity for almost as decade now. Corporates and institutions emphasising on employees, members or students working collaboratively on projects or reports yielding better results on various fronts beyond just learning.
- It is bringing people together and giving them a feeling of belongingness
- People are becoming better team players which unfortunately is not taught formally in any university. And better team produces better results, by being more productive together.
- It is a strength focussed model, which involved uses strengths of everyone and produces best result on learning as well as projects.
Latest technologies and modalities of learning and development has really helped implement workplace and social collaborative learning. Gasification of training is the latest modality to hit the industry and is producing really great results and has grown several fold in last couple of years. Gasification is a great form of workplace collaborative learning where the training is delivered in an interactive online / offline format to a group of individuals from same function or cross functional , depending upon the desired outcome.
Though its gaining popularity and marketshare, there are still many blind spots in workplace / social collaborative learning which is impeding its implementation across the board. Some of them include:( Ref: Wikipedia)
Cultural Diversity: In many countries in Middle east or in many Islamic culturally dominant societies, males and females are not allowed to be conversing freely, so how can one implement workplace collaborative learning.
Some of the countries in Africa continent have very strong hierarchical societies where teachers or trainers or leaders are seen enjoy position of authority and decision making, and collaboration is not much encouraged. Classroom training are part of the culture.
Countries like Germany has very focussed approach as the way of life which practice and encourage to strive for perfection which is difficult to achieve as group, so collaborative learning is not so popular.
And then in some of the South American societies collaborative learning and delivery is way of life where youngsters are trained and groomed by becoming part of the group and create basics things in life together.
Now, lets come back to corporate world, where most of the training effort is spent on new joiners to ensure they become part o the system by using various methods. But the best results can be achieved by implementing “Buddy Programmes”, on the job trainings, or peer to peer learning.