How to implement social learning?

Social learning is an effective pedagogical method centred on the learner and allowing to reintroduce the human being into e-learning. It breaks the learner's loneliness and gets more commitment from the learner.

However, a specific methodology needs to be followed in order to put it in place. We will list them in this article and present the main tools you can use.

Steps to implement social learning

To implement social learning in your training programmes, you need to follow a list of good practices.
First of all, it is necessary to create a community of learners in order to make them communicate and work together. Indeed, it is necessary to reinforce the feeling of belonging to the group so that they exchange and cooperate with each other. To do this, you can propose group activities where the members have to make a common production by sharing their ideas.

Then, it is also necessary to start by setting up ice-breaking activities between the different members of the group. This will encourage learners to exchange ideas and work collaboratively. By encouraging them to generate ideas and share experiences, learners will feel more involved and this will lead to greater commitment on their part.

In order to foster communication and teamwork, you can "gamble" the learning process. You can do this by setting up competitions between different groups or a system of individual or group rewards. Learners will be more motivated to participate and exchange ideas.

Finally, it is essential to set up a system of evaluation of educational activities and resources by learners. This system gives you the opportunity to evaluate the effectiveness of your training programme but also to allow your learners to contribute to the improvement of your teaching materials.

The main tools to implement social learning

There are many tools to implement social learning. Here are the main ones you can set up:

-Newsgroups: you can set up threads in the same way as forums or chats. The idea is to encourage learners to start a discussion topic to ask a question or share their ideas. This will encourage learners to exchange with their trainer or with each other, and promote peer-to-peer learning. The trainer can also take the initiative and create a topic of conversation to get more engagement from the learners. It is important to establish rules of respect and courtesy to ensure the smooth running of the discussion groups.

-Social networks: by setting up a social network, learners will be more encouraged to communicate with each other. You can do this by creating their profiles and encouraging them to fill in their information. You can also offer them the possibility to add other learners as friends on the social network. To encourage interaction, you can set up a notification system. To make it easier for them to exchange information, you can offer them the possibility to create and share course materials such as computer graphics.

-Collaborative documents: you can offer your learners the possibility to work on shared documents such as Google Drive. This will allow your learners to work collaboratively. They will therefore be led to exchange their ideas to deliver a joint production.

Apolearn, the ideal social learning platform

If you wish to implement social learning, Apolearn is the ideal solution because our team has designed a social and collaborative LMS that puts people at the heart of your training. Our complete digital learning solution includes many social features to promote exchanges with learners and encourage peer learning. Involve your learners and get more engagement from them with Apolearn.

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