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Essentials of Supporting Social and Collaborative Learning

It’s about social, not media.
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We learn from one another all the time: through interacting with co-workers, managers, clients, and the public; water-cooler conversations; requests for help or advice; or asking, “Can you show me how to do that?” or “How would you handle this?” This program will help you leverage and support social learning in your training programs and across your workforce.

In this practical and interactive program, you’ll get an overview of social and collaborative learning shored up by strategy and goals. You’ll examine ways to extend the reach of your practice through using social tools and approaches to help workers find one another, share information more effectively, and explore new ways of working together to get better answers and reduce redundancy and time spent looking for information. Along with insight into using new technologies, you’ll get new ideas for creating content, working with others to co-create, and building and supporting communities and groups. You’ll spend time specifying desired outcomes and building a plan to achieve them. You’ll leave the program with new ideas for positioning your department as a partner and leader in learning. Note that the program focus helps learning practitioners have a more active part in facilitating and supporting the learning process. This is less about creating stylish content and pushing it out, and more about helping to support and promote social and collaborative learning across the organization, with learners fully participating in the learning experience. In pedagogical terms, the course uses a social constructivist, learner-centric, “guide on the side” approach, where the learners are equal partners in the process.

Course Information
Why You Should Attend?
  • Untangle the concepts of social learning, social media, and collaborative learning.
  • Use available tools to support and extend traditional workplace training activities.
  • Overcome challenges with learner participation and encouraging self-directed learning.
What to Expect?
  • Interactive Format: During this online workshop, you will collaborate in real time with your facilitator and classmates through interactive group discussions, polls, chats, and whiteboards design sessions.
  • Supplemental Resources: This workshop includes electronic tools and templates to help you apply what you learned.
  • Technical Requirements: Each session of the workshop is conducted in the WebEx Training Center platform with a toll-free teleconference or Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) option for the audio component. Special software is not required. You only need a standard web browser and telephone or VoIP capability to participate.
Who Should Attend?

This program is primarily for facilitators of learning programs. These are the people who will be in the trenches with learners, supporting their activities and learning communities, and helping them make connections and develop and find their own content. Those who design learning experiences can benefit as well from understanding how to write instructional materials for the facilitators to implement.

ATD Education programs are designed primarily for learning professionals – trainers, instructional designers, and organizational development practitioners – but also greatly benefit anyone within an organization who is responsible for developing others, from managers to human resources specialists.

What Will I Learn?

After this program, you will be able to:

  • State goals for supporting social and collaborative learning in the organization and beyond, such as the public or customers.
  • Identify tools and approaches best suited to enabling and supporting workplace social and collaborative learning.
  • Sketch out a detailed, realistic strategy for achieving stated goals.
How Long Is This Course?
  • Online: 3 sessions, 4.5 hours total
  • On-Site: Flexible dates & duration
Can I Earn Credit?

Earn .45 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successfully completing this program.

What Is The Attendance Policy?

Participation in all online sessions at their originally scheduled day and time is mandatory to receive completion for the program and .45 CEUs. Participants who fulfill this attendance requirement will see their completion status reflected on their transcript in the ATD Learning Portal and will receive an email verifying their completion of the program. If you must miss a session, all sessions will be recorded and available in the Learning Portal for participants to review throughout the program.

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