Is The Key To Social Learning in The ‘Social’ not The ‘Learning’?
Learning…what is it? How do we do it?
If people say ‘I didn’t learn anything’ what do they mean?
There’s a debate going on now in the UK started by a blog from Michael Carty on why e-learning is seen as ineffective…seems that studies from CIPD and XpertHR showed that whilst e-learning is on the increase, not many think that it’s effective.
Are we so conditioned to the classroom style teaching of our youth that learning is something we do when we’re sat in rows taking notes whilst someone tells stuff we don’t know?
Are we saying, in the words of Kurt Cobain…Here We Are Now, Entertain Us (or rather, Enlighten Us)
Unconferences such as HRevolution are one aspect of Social Learning, and for a lot of us they are the one of choice at the moment.
And I’m wondering about this because I’ve been reading some post–HRevolution blogs and realize that from a learning viewpoint maybe this event didn’t completely work for everyone, some writers didn’t really learn and in some cases didn’t hear anything new.
I’ve also read that some of the topics tend to get covered at other HR/Recruiting unconference type events now…as we become more regular attendees will we need constantly new topics to engage us, or just different people to discuss them with?
So far in my relatively short time attending unconferences, I have certainly:
– Picked up information that I didn’t know before
– Heard people’s views on subjects/topics/issues that made me think about them slightly differently (the topics, not the people)
– Been able to talk, discuss and debate within small groups in a way in which I have gained information, knowledge and wisdom, as well as (I hope) passing on some of my own thoughts
Yet most of this has come when I have been part of a small group, or a break out group of 2 or 3…a bit like focus groups really. When there’s been a larger track, with many attendees, I’ve noticed a tendency to look to the track leaders to inform, direct, answer questions and provide commentary and insight…yet shouldn’t they be facilitators helping to keep the conversation flowing and on track? A bit like focus group moderators who ensure that everyone gets to join in the conversation and get heard.
Maybe if we are to get maximum benefit from Social Learning, especially from our unconferences, networking and crowd sourcing then…the answer may well lie in getting Social before you can get to the Learning…
…I’d love to know what you think?