Social & Collaborative Learning

Social learning and collaboration with Sukh Pabial and Julian Stodd
Julian Stodd

pic credit Julian Stodd

For me this was the best session so far, I’m hoping that Michelle Parry-Slater has captured the periscope she did and shares that too. Update she did and you can see it here.

Andy Lancaster introduced the main men

  • Sukh “is a good man to be around”
  • Julian “is Captain at Sea Salt” (he really is)

This is an ignite session, it looks like it’s going to be quite a session – lots of energy in the room as Andy Lancaster gets us all talking straight away.

Andy Lancaster (his slides are on his twitter timeline)

7 reasons why digital is important

Workplace is changing, we need to morph ourselves

  • Dispersed workplaces
  • Serve multiple generations
  • Just in time…not delayed
  • In the flow of work (not against it0
  • Bite sized
  • User choice not org prescribed
  • plug into wider social communities

But currently only 10% content is user created and only 15% of people are comfortable with using social media we have a long way to go.

The conversations you are having today are Social Learning

Problems with Digital Learning
Q. How do we move those who expect traditional learning and if they don’t get it they don’t believe they are getting learning.
A. people are using it already – youtube, podcasts etc etc
A. Show people there is a cost benefit to not shipping people around the country to training
A. Find safe ways to experiment
A. “Stop doing really shit digital learning” Julian

Q. How do I retain my personality within digital training/consultancy
A. See how the great people deliver on radio, tv, podcasts, webinars
A. Stand up to deliver a webinar
A. Try it out
A. We need people who can do lots of roles to create great social learning inc. storytellers.

Q. Google has no measure of quality
A, We need to be great curators, community moderated content can be more valid than traditionally moderated and created.

Over to Sukh

Learning in the peer based learning space, with just people that is useful and helps learning happen.

We are best at control and putting you in a classroom, we are great at that. or

We force you through shit e-learning and then we moan when the learner doesnt do anything with it….because we have wrested responsibility away from the learner.

Peer based learning is about creating space where a community learns together. Great example of Prince training handed over completely to the learning group to figure it out for themselves.

Open mic session, share whatever you want with a group to transfere knowledge.

Communities of Practice – group that has a vested interest eg used with group of agile trained managers to help them apply the agile learning in their context.

Sukh asked “What learning need do you currently have where you could consider a peer based learning solution as opposed to your current solution?”

Q. It’s the ROI question
A. It’s the wrong question, when we learn ourselves we don’t then try to test the ROI. We do want to know how we improve practice.
A. The trick is to get the right measures, both qualitative and quantitative

  • Personal narrative of learning
  • Formal measure of performance
  • Organisational narrative

And finally to Julian

Online collaboration, knowledge is disrtibuted, we need to be able to build the communities to bring knowledge and learning is brought together.

Best to go to Julain’s blog on scaffolding it will explain what he is talking about far better than I can type.

In the end Julian’s practical challenge to everyone is “get permission to play for 6 weeks and then tell the story of what you have learned back into the organisation.”

Q. Best learning environment was in a pub with mates – how do I recreate that in work?
A. There are no rules – it’s different in different orgs
A. Create a space and feed organisational view and the tacit knowledge that is needed. In a co-created space then find the narrative that the community tells.
A. Engage your retired population to be part of the community
Q. How will we reward
A. respect etc…
Q. people don’t want to engage
A. Unlikely to be the technology, more likely to be about permission. Gain permission to have a conversation that the group want to have, then connect that to what you want to discuss with them.
Q. is there a type of learning that is suitable to digital/social learning or not suitable for it.
A. recognise the breadth of social learning and where it fits best
A. Facilitators have 2 roles Safety and Storyteller.


Live blogged from #CIPD15 so apologies for any lack of coherence, it had been a tough couple of days.

update I have just come across this post on self determined learning, that gives a bit of connected theory to some of the discussion in the session. HT to Steve Wheeler for sharing on twitter

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