One of the ways to appreciate something is to think about its absence. So, go ahead – try not being a social learner. Think about something you need to learn or a challenge you’re facing and try coming up with a solution or make sense of this without involving others in your quest.
Was it difficult? If you succeeded, was it the most effective method for overcoming your challenge?
As an Individual
- No matter how much you know, you still need others in order to learn.
- No matter how independent you are, you still need others in order to learn.
- No matter how valuable you think your knowledge is inside your head, it’s more valuable when you share with others.
As a Learning Professional
- How do you think it would feel for a someone who was a recipient of your learning solution if it didn’t involve social learning?
- The social network provides far more learning than you ever could, how can you use this in your solutions?
- If you learn more by involving others, consider that this is true for others too.
“Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Albert Bandura
Opening Learning Pathways
Think about all the roadblocks or gaps that this exercise created in your learning. Now, consider all of the people that you have in your life (personal, professional). How can this network of people help you in your learning quest and how can you help them in their quest?
What Do you Think?
- Was this exercise worth your time?
- Did this make you think any different about social learning?
- Did you come up with any good ideas for taking advantage of social learning?