Formal training is an important component of corporate learning systems, but leaning too heavily on monologue-type workshops and seminars means your education programs are lacking opportunities to improve the knowledge and skills of employees through social learning. According to Jay Cross, formal training and workshops account for only 10% to 20% of what people learn at work; the rest is acquired informally through conversation, observation and experimentation.
So this brings to mind the concept of “flipping” which was explored recently at Elliott Masie’s Learning 2010 conference and something that Blackboard consistently advocates for and facilitates. Technology allows you to do your seminar-type learning online and then really use your classroom time for a meaningful, social dialogue. If you haven’t already – it’s time to rethink your classroom time and have people come together to discuss seminar materials, collaborate on projects, and problem-solve.
This is where Blackboard comes in. We offer tools to ensure you don’t fall into the trap of thinking your off-sites, seminars, and training classes cover all the learning for your company. We recognize that people learn far more about doing their jobs outside of formal classes and training, and help you to take advantage of that fact! You should encourage knowledge sharing and social learning by thinking of classrooms as a place for DIALOGUE… your learners can watch you lecture anytime.