It’s been nearly three years since most organizational leaders were rushed into the largest remote-work experiment ever. When it comes to workplace culture and learning, some are still finding their way while competitors (who seem to have figured it out) lure away their talented employees. Where does your organization stand?
Before remote work, employees could tap a colleague on the shoulder and ask for help. In a virtual environment, though, these social opportunities are replaced by more stressful Zoom calls or instant messages. It’s much harder to build a positive learning culture in a remote or hybrid work environment, and it’s common for employees to feel socially ‘empty’. LinkedIn Learning’s 2021 Workplace Survey reports that a third of employees feel less connected to leaders, while a larger portion feel alienated from their colleagues. It’s no surprise that social and collaborative learning is the second-most popular topic in L&D right now.
“Until recently, collaboration and social learning had seemed ideals, things L&D probably should be doing, but only fully embraced by few organisations. The 2020 pandemic changed all that. When the workforce has to shift online, suddenly there are new ways of working.” (Taylor, 2021)
Meanwhile, the online cohort-based course format has gone viral, and people are spending thousands of dollars on short, non-credit-bearing courses that share information which could easily have been found in a book or a quick google search. Why? Because these courses offer the community and accountability that people crave.
We are teaching this cohort-based course together with the absolute experts on social learning. You will learn the foundations of social learning, step by step. You’ll work with instructors, peers, and instructional design experts to identify opportunities to tap into the potential collaborative energy in your organization before developing a plan to leverage it. You’ll come out of the course with a collaborative learning strategy and plan to convince key stakeholders to back your idea.
The course translates the strategies used by leaders in the social learning space into four fundamental principles (that we call engines). You will then learn how to apply these engines to boost the collaborative element of your virtual learning experiences.
Not convinced yet? Read these testimonials from our past participants.
In this welcome module, you will introduce yourself and get to know the other participants. You will also set some personal goals and reflect on what motivates you.
Although social learning is proven to be an effective strategy, many stakeholders resist its adoption in L&D and education in general. This module introduces you to key concepts that you can use to formulate an argument for getting stakeholder buy-in.
What makes social learning activities successful? This module uses examples and case studies to describe how four core strategies (engines) inform successful social learning interventions.
In this module, you will design a collaborative learning exercise that uses tactics informed by the four engines of social learning.
After engaging with your peers for nearly three weeks, you will reflect on what you have learned together. This final module also gives you an opportunity to review the goals that you set during the first module. You will then create an optional ongoing learning development plan that will help you along your journey.
Designing for Social Learning Experiences is yet another great course produced by Eduflow! What Eduflow continues to do so well is provide quality courses in a free, short format.
Eduflow has yet again provided a phenomenal short course learning opportunity to scale my practice as an instructional designer and course developer. In just 3 weeks, I was able to refine my approach to social learning, optimize an initiative for my current workplace, and provide enhanced feedback to other professionals.
This has been the second course I have taken with the Eduflow academy and I can again state it was outstanding. I have taken away so much knowledge and insight, that I will be using the knowledge gained of social learning when I design learning intervention moving forward. I highly recommend this course to anyone interested in designing a social learning course!
Do I have to attend all the sessions in real-time?
Every workshop is recorded and available for you to replay, at your convenience. With that said, we recommend that you attend if possible so that you can ask questions directly, engage with the community of participants in your cohort, and benefit from breakout sessions and group discussions.
I work full-time. What is the expected time commitment?
This course was built for full-time professionals. You can expect a 1-hour live session (which is optional) for each week of the course. Outside of that, you can expect curated reading, projects, and other self-paced learning experiences. In total, we recommend that you commit around 2-3 hours per week to this course.
How long will I have access to the course?
After you enroll in the course, you'll have access to the course materials indefinitely. You can continue to return to Eduflow Academy to refer back to the course materials anytime.