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How do Online Learning Communities Enhance the Effectiveness of Learning?

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How do Online Learning Communities Enhance the Effectiveness of Learning?

This is the third post in a series of “The Realities of Networked Online Learning Communities”. In case you missed, here they are Why should we consider Networked Online Learning Communities and What is the Concept of Networked Online Learning Communities.

Today knowledge and Innovation are ruling the business arena and it has become very essential to stay updated. This can be well addressed by Online Learning Communities. Online Learning Community through its collaborative platform, enhances the effectiveness of learning, increases retention and provides a deeper understanding of concepts, fostering learners’ professional and personal development.

Online Learning Communities with their collaborative and social media tools

  • Facilitate relationships
  • Enhance Knowledge capture and sharing
  • Allow efficient problem solving and innovation
  • Complements formal learning filling up the gap of group learning

Facilitates relationships

It groups people with common interests to share their views, knowledge, experiences and establishes a deeper social connection. Online Learning Communities can be customized and set as hierarchies, as per their work and interest areas.

  • Adult learners will learn from others, only if they can relate themselves to the other person who is teaching or sharing and if they are of the belief that they both are in the same boat and have something in common.
  • People are more comfortable learning from peers or colleagues rather than trainers, which may be because usually peers are at the same level of thoughts and can explain things in their way.

Enhance knowledge capture and sharing

People often get stuck with their own ways or ideas to complete a task, but if they are in a group, each member will have something unique that he/she can contribute.

  • Through sharing and listening to others who have similar experience, can help learners to broaden their horizons and get more ideas. Sometimes suggestions from others trigger or add value to our ideas.
  • They get a chance to pick up the answers or ideas from real-world scenarios and Learn through discovering and testing them.
  • Learners learn more through discovering and testing out the ideas added by other group members. Since learning this way happens during the flow of their work day, employees do not think of resisting learning new things.

Allow efficient problem solving and innovation

Organizations are repositories of knowledge hidden in the form of learner’s experienceswhich will come out only with sharing.

  • One big advantage of working in a group is that the problem gets solved faster and more easily as the magnitude of the work load or the problem is reduced when everyone in the group pitches in to help.
  • Two or more brains working on a single task or a problem always gives a better result than one-sided thinking. It gives the ability to an individual to complete large projects significantly reducing the amount of time required.
  • There may be situations when a trainer or one person may not have an answer for your question, wherein you have to stand by and wait for help, With the help of online Learning Communities you can just jump in and start a discussion to get quick and right answers saving lot of time.

Complements formal learning filling up the gap of group learning:

Online Learning Communities allows groups to interact with each other using chats, discussions, social media etc. and acts as a central repository of resource libraries to support Learning Groups.

It also addresses the current training requirements by offering learning spontaneously, with increased speed of information sharing and knowledge acquisition as information to be harvestedcan be documented and made accessible to geographically dispersed workforce. The online Learning Communities also brings additional benefits of flexibility, managing and tracking of learner’s participation and behavior.

Hope you learnt something new today! These are the benefits what I could capture. Please share if you have something to add.

It is the third post in a series of “The Realities of Networked Online Learning Communities”. Stay tuned to my next post to have a look at some corporate success stories who have already adopted Collaborative Learning.

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