“The Social Learning Handbook is a revelation – I can barely get through it for ideas and mental connections. Everyone must read it!” (Nicola Jones, March 2014)
Although social learning is something that we have always done, it has often been ignored or misunderstood by the training industry. Now, however, the proliferation of social tools makes this a powerful way to improve workplace performance. When we consider what social learning means inside an organization, it’s not just adding social media to instructional programmes or letting people interact with one another. It’s more about helping people learn from one another as they work together – enhanced by collaborative enterprise social tools. Learning in today’s networked workplace is not just being trained to do a task, but about learning with and from one another as we face new challenges. In the connected enterprise there is a new role for HR, OD, and L&D departments. This book looks at some of the key ways that organizations can start to support social workplace learning.
- Preview the Handbook (If you can’t view the visual version, a web-based version of the Table of Contents is also available.)
- An extract from Chapter 1 appears on Jane’s blog in the post, Going social
The PAPERBACK edition is available from Lulu where it will be printed on demand locally and shipped to your address. £15 + P&P
Donald Taylor’s review, 2 August 2014
“I have just bought this (at the end of July, so no discount!) and was reading it just now when this G+ alert popped up from Jane.
If you are considering any form of social learning in your organization, you MUST buy this book.
It is thoroughly well researched by someone who knows, and indeed leads, the field. It is a proper handbook, full of bulleted lists, tables and practical advice as well as a great set of links and resources.
Clark Quinn’s review: THE Social Learning Handbook, Learnlets, 23 June 2014
“Jane has an admirable ability to cut through complex concepts and make them clear. She cites the best work out there when it is available, and comes with her own characterizations when necessary. The concepts are clear, illustrated, and comprehensible. This isn’t a theoretical treatment, however. Jane has pragmatic checklists littered throughout as well as great suggestions. Jane is focused on having you succeed. Practical guidance underpins all the frameworks.”
Other reviews from Twitter
“I have found Jane’s work to be a great source for my team to stay up to date with what’s happening in the world of workplace learning and collaboration, trends, technologies and tools, as well as answer their questions on methodologies they have heard about. What is particularly useful is the case studies section where she has highlighted how social & collaborative tools can be a viable & better alternative to just courses. I had ordered the book for my team & each members is expected to read & apply one approach to a workplace learning solution that they will be putting together in 2014. The use of enterprise social networks to improve the new hire on-boarding experience & time to competency is one that we are already experimenting with in my organisation. Priced at £15, I will recommend this as a must read for all L&D professionals.” Sunder Ramachandran, Professional Development for L&D, 19 February 2014