Social Collaboration tools are the Learning Platform of the future

The network society is demanding new ways of learning and collaboration

In several posts I’m talking about the network society and the need for a new approach in corporate learning.

Jane Hart showed in her last post the differences between the classic, more formal approach and a more social and open approach.

She stated:

“…there is growing interest in supporting self-organised learning at work…”

And I think she is totally right with it.

Our shifting society towards a fully connected, network society pushes the phrase “knowledge is power” into Valhalla.

Knowledge becomes more and more a free and everyday commodity. It’s right at our fingertips, waiting for us all. Knowledge is no longer a good we can hide from each other to use it for our personal advantage.

So how can we “secure” our businesses in a world were information is no longer the basis of creating valuable knowledge for our company?

“The power of future success lies in networks!“

…In the combination of knowledge, in the empathy to our customers and in the competence to use these insides to create new solutions.

If you agree with me on this perspective, knowledge becomes social. The creation of communities crucial.

This changes the way we should create learning scenarios drastically. And it changes the digital tools we should use to support our employees in these processes, where ever they are.

Social Collaboration tools can support learning arrangements in both “worlds”. The more classical of formal learning as well as the more open and social one.

At the University of Pforzheim we are developing at the moment a new leadership course format which brings more social features into a formal learn setting by using Social Collaboration tools instead of a Learning Management System and combine this with a more self-determined didactic.

The future of learning is social!

You can find the original article from Jane Hart here: