While remote working can create workforce flexibility, it also has a lot of downsides. Especially if the remote working situation is new to the employees. The worldwide pandemic has caused half of the global workforce to shift to remote working or virtual working. Herein, adopting a social learning strategy becomes an important feature of your over-all e-learning module more than ever. The practice of learning from your peers by observing, asking questions and sharing knowledge is what we call social learning. With our socializing going virtual let’s see what are the challenges that can be solved using social learning methods and e-learning tools through your corporate LMS.
Lack of Interaction
Everyone keeps talking about how sitting at home and working by yourself sounds like a perfect scenario, but nobody talks about how alienating it is. Even work calls cannot really replace the peer to peer conversation that served a great motivator in learning and implementing the knowledge for problem-solving at office. Social e-learning tools such as live chat, discussion boards, group projects with instant feedback option solve this issue of lack of interaction and drives communication between learners. This feature allows the learners to chat with each other as well as discuss queries with online tutors. In addition, users can create chat groups to work as a team and together solve varied learning challenges.
Lack of Motivation
This is a very serious crisis when it comes to remote working and even learning practices. Working all alone without regular interactions with peers is known to have caused severe lack of motivation among employees. E-learning gamification where groups and individuals can compete to finish tasks has worked very efficiently to bring back lost motivation. They undergo training as a team which fosters healthy competition and camaraderie. Gamification features such as leaderboards track individual scores and performance status which the learners can share with their colleagues. Helping a colleague can also serve as a great motivator for learning. The mentorship module helps create connections and fosters learning while teaching attitude.
Lack of Self Expression
Remote working has given us a lot of time with family but no time with colleagues. We are not being able to create connections the way we would have done in a regular working situation. How a person functions or performs has a great deal to do with their personality. Remote working has taken away the avenues for personal interaction. Social e-learning feature like the ‘Unique Profile’ helps you solve this issue. This allows employees to create their own profiles on the corporate LMS and enter their personal information so that they can get to know each other and communicate better.
Social learning is an absolute necessity for multi-skill projects or groups where various people are needed to contribute. The culture of collaboration encouraged by social learning is key to any growing business and their remote workforce for the greater drive.
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