What is social learning?

Today, e-learning solutions have undergone numerous evolutions and now have a wide range of functionalities. E-learning is an increasingly popular teaching method. Many schools or companies use MOOCs to deliver their training to a large number of learners. Faced with this growing demand, the e-learning market must face the following challenges: breaking the isolation of the learner and making him/her active in the learning process.

Definition of social learning

Social learning refers to a learning method that focuses on the interactions between different members of the group. Many studies have shown that social learning is more effective than other learning methods.

In the 1970s, the psychologist Albert Bandura developed his theory of social learning. It emphasizes the importance of observing and imitating the behaviours, attitudes and emotions of others in the learning process. This is peer learning, also known as crowd learning or collaborative learning.

In this mode of learning, each member of the group is both a learner and a trainer. Interactions between individuals allow for more explanation and clarification. This learning method is transversal because it can be applied to any field of activity. Any member of the group can contribute to solving a problem.

Social learning promotes teamwork while allowing each member of the group to be involved. Being based on mutual aid, this learning method allows the development of a feeling of belonging to the group. The synergy between individuals thus improves the overall performance of the group and facilitates learning.

Social learning helps to improve e-learning

E-learning has undergone huge developments since its invention. Today, there are many tools available for designing course modules and integrating a wide variety of formats of teaching materials. Despite all the progress made in the field of e-learning, the problem of the learner's loneliness still remains.

The quality of teaching materials is not enough and the social dimension must be taken into account in the learning process. Pedagogy is much more effective when the learner is involved and intervenes in the learning process than in situations where he or she remains passive. Social learning addresses the dehumanized nature of traditional e-learning solutions by reintroducing the learner into the learning process.

The democratization of Internet-connected devices and social networks has enabled the advent of social learning. Today, some e-learning solutions have social functionalities and collaborative tools allowing learners to interact with the trainer or with their peers. This makes it possible to compensate for the shortcomings of some e-learning solutions and to involve the learner in the training courses.

Apolearn has designed an LMS platform focused on exchange and interaction for training and higher education professionals. Ergonomic and easy to use, it has an interface inspired by social networks to facilitate communication between trainers and learners. Because pedagogy and learning are at the heart of our preoccupations, we have created a complete digital learning solution that puts the human at the heart of training.

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