Traditionally, the primary learning delivery channels in the past were through Instructor led trainings, both virtual and classroom, On the job training, and through online training courses, typically hosted on a Learning management system. And now, there is a blend of formal and informal learning taking place with learners using all possible channels for learning like facebook, twitter, Linkedin, youtube, to name a few.
Here, I’d like to sum up the benefits of social media:
- It serves as a platform for informal learning.
- It helps improve workforce productivity as it is available on demand, as it is needed.
- It can shorten the time required to get trained dramatically as information can be rolled out much faster.
- Social media enables faster responses to questions and queries. More contributors can provide more perspectives as well as more content. You can also get answers to highly specific problems.
- Since most social media is free, there is no investment required.
- Another benefit is that users can develop a shared understanding. There is interaction with peers within groups – so learners can continue to learn even before and after actual learning events.
- Social media can also be used to supplements other training.
- And finally, it can be used to draw learners into formal instruction.
Do you agree? Can you add any other benefits?