Why Social Learning Matters for Corporate Learning

Understanding Social Learning

While social learning may sound like a modern concept, in fact, it’s one of the most significant ways humans learn. You’ve been participating in social learning your entire life, from watching and engaging with your family as an infant and toddler to absorbing aspects of a new corporate culture. 

Most people don’t like learning in a classroom setting; it’s frequently defined as dry or boring, and retention rates are low. Swap that structured classroom for a more casual and interactive one and your staff will not only like their learning experiences but are more likely to retain information and integrate it into their daily work. 

Social Learning Face-to-Face

You might be surprised to realize that social learning occurs every day in the workplace. When one person asks another a question about the software, it’s an example of social learning. When someone on your staff takes the time to teach a new skill or provide information, it’s social learning. This kind of social learning occurs more readily when you create a collaborative and supportive workplace and provide opportunities for employees to interact with one another. 

Social learning can also be more formalized. For instance, you might host workshops to learn about new software, with open laptops and free interactions between coworkers, or designate specific times for learning and interaction in a more regimented workplace. That could look like a later opening time one day a week or a special event to show off and try out new products. 

Online Social Learning

While, on the surface, social learning sounds like something that requires people to be in the same building at the same time, that is far from true! In fact, companies with offices around the globe or with a remote workforce can still take advantage of social learning opportunities. These may look a bit different than social learning in person, but they’re just as valuable and offer the same benefits of collaboration, connection, and information retention.

What do opportunities for online social learning look like?

  • Using video conferencing technology to bring staff together in one place for conversation, interaction, or demonstrations.
  • Offering the ability to converse with others, both in and out of the office, through discussion feeds.
  • Live streaming work events and training so everyone is able to participate.
  • Enabling on-the-spot video chats for staff in multiple locations. 

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How Video Training Benefits Corporations and Employees

YuJa’s software-based tools are an ideal choice for corporate trainers. Using a desktop computer or laptop, instructional lectures and supplemental materials like PowerPoint presentations can be captured, streamed in real-time, or archived to watch at a later time. File uploads of all types makes it simple to share instructional materials, while real-time chats and discussions allow for question-and-answer sessions, discussions and collaboration with employees.

Employees Want More Personalized Training Options

Many employees entering and in the workforce are digital natives. Online and video learning are facets of education they’re used to and embrace. 

LinkedIN Learning statistics cited that: 

  • 68% of employees prefer to learn or train in the workplace.
  • 58% of employees prefer to learn or train at their own speed.
  • 49% of employees prefer to learn at the point of need.

Additionally, research says that employees feel empowered when they can direct their own learning.

E-Learning and Video Training Saves Your Training Budget

Corporate training and continuing education can be a significant cost for many businesses.

In fact, in 2020, organizations spent $82.5 billion in training expenditures, according to Statista Research Department.

Expenditures include training activities, spending on training-related technology, and the salaries paid to internal training staff, as well as training activities provided internally or externally.

Through efficiencies created in e-learning and video training, YuJa can help reduce travel and expand educational options available to employees, all while making training sessions more cost effective.

Personal capture can be used to create training videos that can be used time and time again — eliminating redundancies, along with creating onboarding sessions, and updating staff on company news and insights. Corporate events can be live streamed securely with desktop and hardware appliance-based tools. Audiences are delivered a crisp video no matter how many are viewing at once.

Other Corporate Training Benefits

According to research done by the United States Department of Education, online learning leads to better performance, including among older and non-traditional learners. Other advantages include:

  • Real-time streaming and playback can enable individuals to attend training sessions from anywhere.
  • Easy and convenient video interactions allow for feedback, questions, and an improved learning experience over other online options.
  • Lecture capture technology can be used to “flip” corporate training. Employees can watch material before training sessions, enabling on-site time to be used for various exercises, as well as questions and answers.
  • YuJa is easy to integrate into current training programs and technologies. 
  • Designed to be quick to learn, corporate trainers can embrace all of the aspects of YuJa in a very short time, bringing training programs online without extensive preparation.

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