An online learning community is a great method to enhance engagement and knowledge retention throughout the learning process, by means of a collaborative learning approach. It consists of a group of learners that come together to enhance the value of knowledge by sharing it among the members, leading to a culture of learning which is a key-condition of development.
With learning communities, training becomes less formal in nature, as it occurs in a social setting that, as we have written right here, is beneficial to an active processing of information, in which learners give and take, expanding their professional knowledge base.
There are multiple reasons for employing learning communities in the training approach, both for the employee development and for the business growth, by creating a continuous learning culture and a collaborative learning environment where acquiring new information is not necessarily a must, but a means for achieving objectives and developing solutions.
According to Reid Jennie, a senior director of human resources, it is highly important to understand who the people who will benefit from the learning community are, what they already know and how they can do their part in the learning process and also how they can benefit from such a learning community.
Basically, companies should value the employees' abilities and skills and turn them into learning resources for the other members of the teams, guiding by the principle that when knowledge is shared, its value is maximised. And that's what collaborative learning means.
A learning community is a method to put the human factor, with its value and knowledge, in the centre of a company, being the core which supports and sustains the professional development in a collaborative learning environment.
It can be created within a learning management system, using the communities of practice, which bring employees together with the aim of growing by shared knowledge and experience. You can try these communities of practice with your 14 days free trial on Knolyx.
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