7 Surprising Drawbacks Of Online Peer-Based Feedback And Tips To Avoid Them

A supportive and collaborative learning culture centers on free-flowing knowledge exchange. However, implementing a successful peer-to-peer feedback system can lead to a variety of training challenges. In this article, I share 7 surprising downfalls of peer-based feedback and tips to avoid them.

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How To Enhance Virtual Learning With The Help Of Social Learning

virtual learning environment is a medium of learning where learners go through courses, study materials and learning aids through an online medium. It can be browser-based or a virtual training session through Zoom. Virtual learning offers activities, interactions, and resources within a course structure and provides different levels of assessment. Given this context, learners can access learning materials through peer-to-peer collaboration networks such as forums. As social learning is a continuous process of learning from other people within and outside the organization, it can be integrated into virtual learning through various means.

At the present virtual learning also happens through social technologies like blogs, wikis, discussion forums, messaging tools, conferencing tools, subject-matter directories, and videos. Organizations are increasingly using social learning in their training methodologies for improved learning retention, increased learner engagement, and reduced training costs.

The 70:20:10 Learning Framework

In traditional classroom training, most learners recall only 10% of what they have learned after 72 hours. Such lack of knowledge retention can harm the business of your organization. For example, a salesperson may face trouble recalling the knowledge learned at the appropriate time the next week, which could cost them a sale.

As per this methodology, about 70% of learning happens through on-the-job training and practical experiences, 20% through interaction with peers and colleagues, and just 10% in a traditional, instructor-led classroom training environment.

Why Social Learning?

Social learning helps employees with enhanced retention of knowledge, which is the primary goal of any training program. Social learning encourages learning in a working environment and allows learners to apply their knowledge to work. They can learn from peers, senior employees, or experts within the organizations. People learn from real-life scenarios/examples and by direct experiences. Research studies also indicate that social learning methods deliver a better ROI (almost 75:1 ratio) when compared to traditional classroom training.

Here are a few strategies on how to enhance virtual learning with the help of social learning.

Enhance Learner Engagement

A virtual learning environment allows you to manage the learning activities by using various means such as an LMS for learner administrations, learning platforms, and virtual instructor sessions. In social learning, employees can either start or take part in a discussion, training or coach others as and when a situation arises. This type of freedom to engage in their learning will directly impact increased engagement in their work.

As part of social learning, provide a network of mentors and peers, where information is created and distributed easily to employees. Thus, employees can obtain more practical knowledge and make better decisions through increased engagement with others.

Collaborate Proactively With Learners

Communication and collaboration among the participants with emails, chat, wikis, blogs, etc., are other key components of a virtual learning environment. Social learning is collaborative in its approach, happens in real-time, and has a direct relation to an employee’s work. Learning can happen anytime, anywhere, and by using any device. Organizations that support social learning need to have learning environments that foster conversation, discussion, and collaboration between learners across the organization.

Social learning involves knowledge sharing in a joint effort between peers, and between peers and facilitators. It promotes high-level thinking, good relationships, oral and written communication, self-management, responsibility, and leadership skills.

Encourage Peer Learning

Peer learning is a great way in which learners learn from each other. Participants connected can observe and learn from others, helping each other in the virtual session. Learners can directly learn from seniors and experts who have been in similar situations. In peer learning, learners receive more time for individualized learning, and interactions between employees promote active learning.

Learners get a chance to reinforce their learning by instructing others. Also, learners feel more comfortable and open when interacting with their peers. For companies, peer learning is a financially efficient alternative to hiring trainers or instructors. Research studies indicate that peer learning activities yield more benefits to the organization, such as enhanced team-building spirit, more supportive relationships, greater psychological well-being, and improved communication skills. Thus, organizations should encourage peer learning to achieve greater productivity.

Add Simulations And Gamification Elements

Simulations and gamification help facilitators turn their virtual learning into a more interactive experience. Simulations can turn virtual learning sessions into more interesting and fun learning sessions. Mock trials and digital simulations are great ways to enhance a virtual learning session and engage the participants more.

Gamification involves turning an activity into a competitive game for the learners. You can take learning concepts, assignments, and activities and convert them into interesting games. The facilitator can announce badges and rewards for winners and create that unique spark that attracts the learners’ interest. Gamification and simulations allow learners to observe real-life scenarios and examples.

Conclusion

The social learning strategies discussed in this article will help you improve learner participation and conduct successful virtual learning sessions in your organization. Social learning allows for better interaction between various learners. It is a great way to enhance your virtual learning experiences and take learning to the next level.

At Tesseract Learning, our learning and visual architects are constantly innovating and reinventing their approaches to design, develop, and deliver effective L&D programs.

I hope you find this article insightful and that it helps you enhance your virtual learning sessions. To learn more about how you can transform your virtual training, talk to us or write to me at <suresh@tesseractlearning.com>.

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What Is SEL? 3 Ways Social And Emotional Learning Influences Employee Behaviors

Social and Emotional Learning is an integral part of human development. But how can you incorporate it into your online training strategy and create a meaningful connection with learners?

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The L&D Global Sentiment Survey 2021 – the impact of Covid

Wenn auf die eine Frage, „What will be hot in L&D in 2021?”, die meisten Befragten mit „Reskilling/upskilling“ antworten, was bedeutet das? Denn „Reskilling/upskilling“ meint ja nichts anderes als das Tagesgeschäft von L&D (Learning & Development). Donald H Taylor interpretiert das Votum als einen Corona-bedingten „move to the familiar“, denn im Gegenzug verloren vor allem Künstliche Intelligenz und Learning Analytics Prozentpunkte und Plätze.

Das einzige Thema, dem dieses Jahr mehr Aufmerksamkeit als im letzten Jahr geschenkt wurde, ist übrigens „Collaboration/social learning“. Donald H Taylor schreibt hier mit Blick auf die COVID-19 Pandemie: „Last year, collaboration and social learning moved from theoretical to practical, and became super hot.“

Die Umfrage wurde in der achten Auflage zwischen dem 30. November 2020 und dem 31. Januar 2021 durchgeführt. 3.114 Menschen haben teilgenommen. Ich nutze sie vor allem, um über die Stichworte mit anderen ins Gespräch zu kommen.
Donald H Taylor, Blog, 1. Februar 2021

 

How To Enhance Virtual Learning With The Help Of Social Learning

Virtual learning is here to stay as more organizations continue to adopt it to augment their training. Virtual learning goes to the next level when we add an element of social learning to it. How can that be achieved? We will look at it in this article.

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Use AI to drive learning objectives

One of the key business drivers for any learning platform is the voluntary uptake of training content by learners.

The key challenge here is to not just make a repository of thousands of pieces of content available, but to also help the learner pick and choose, and to recommend the most relevant learning to them. Additionally, it helps to also be a platform that allows learners to contribute by uploading content and have discussions with peers, mimicking how human beings learn in the physical world.

Adobe Captivate Prime uses an AI-based recommendation engine to achieve this kind of intelligent sifting and driving of learning outcomes and also employs Topic Modelling AI algorithms to evaluate user generated content.

With the right kind of AI enablement, and the move from the stress on manual effort, Captivate Prime empowers you to keep learners interested and engaged with the platform.

Click on the PDF icon below to download our document that tells you more about how we get it done!

As usual we welcome all feedback and queries

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Designing A Tool-KIT For Remote Employee Wellness

Healthy employees are more likely to be happy and productive in their personal and work lives. This includes both physical and mental health, two things that have taken a toll on many in 2020. But the importance of employee wellness isn’t something new and will continue to be necessary.

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