Using Social Learning To Your Advantage

Social learning is not a “new” concept.  Human beings have been learning through interaction with others since the beginning of time. And now in the dawn of social media, there is tremendous growth in this concept with the tools and application available to make it easier for us to collaborate in the digital space.

Social learning can be a cost-effective and ideal response for leaders to fill the void that employees crave for on the job training and collaboration within organizations. Social learning supports the continuous learning process within teams, groups and organizations and when used effectively, can have a huge impact on employees’ knowledge acquisition and talent development.

Research indicates that employees retain a mere five percent of what they hear and just ten percent of what they read. But when employees become more actively involved, the amount they retain increases greatly.  Roughly 50 percent of material covered through discussion and interaction is retained and more than 75 percent of learning that takes place through on-the-job experience is retained.

Today, social learning includes:

  • Connecting and communicating on different social networks like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, etc.
  • Collaborating and creating content with team members using programs like Google Docs, PowerPoint, or employee generated wikis
  • Creating and reading blogs,
  • Creation and watching of videos and listening to podcasts
  • Brainstorming sessions or conversations with co-workers at the office
  • e-Learning courses that promote dialogue among team members or groups


This week #bealeader will meet to discuss how social learning can be advantage for leaders and organizations. Join us on Twitter Thursday, September 19th at 7pmET by following the hashtag #bealeader – Editor’s Note: This chat occurred in the past. These are great questions to ask of your team now to spark conversation on how you are using social learning in your organization.

Questions to be discussed:

Q1:  Does “social” in social learning distract us from learning?

Q2:  Does social learning replace traditional training ?

Q3:  Can social learning bridge the generation gap in organizations?

Q4: How do we create learning cultures in organizations using social learning as the basis?

Q5: This tweetchat tonight is a prime example of social learning – what other methods to do you prefer?

Q6: Is online learning the future of education for all?

Q7: As a leader, how do you embrace changing minds who resist social learning?

Q8: Social learning will change how we collaborate in the future, agree or disagree?

Jennifer Olney
Over the course of my career, I have been sought after by numerous organizations to bring my talents in the arenas of sales, marketing and business development. As the Founder and Director of Business BEALEADER, I bring my experience to the table to expand the knowledge base for those seeking to find their own leader within. In 2011, I created BEALEADER to be a platform for individuals to share their expertise and leadership to make others better by being a resource of business, career and marketing solutions for those who are just starting out or maybe have a “few” years under their belt and need keep their skills fresh. In addition to the BEALEADER platform, I have developed the business units BEALEADER Business Services, which provides marketing, business development and human resource management services and BEALEADER Executive Coaching Services, which provides one on one and group coaching services to executives and individuals. These business units expand our ability and brand to make others better as we reach out to our audience with these unique product offerings. In 2014, I was named to the list of Top 101 Leadership Speakers and I have written for several publications such as Yahoo! Small Business, Business 2 Community and others. I have also co-hosted several podcasts and in 2015 will be hosting the BEALEADER podcast for our audience as well.
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  • September 17, 2013


    Will be sure to be an interesting chat!  I’ve been inspired through the social learning through MOOCs and prezi and so many other tools and communities.  Look forward to it!

  • September 18, 2013

    Jen Olney

    AlliPolin Thanks Alli. Yes this should be great discussion Thursday. Prezi is another one I love as well and others. I hope folks takeaway a lot great new tools to use with social learning.