What is Social Learning (SL)?
Another aspect of personalised outcome-based learning is social learning, which is learning from and with others. It involves:
- extraction of information from those observations,
- making decisions and opinions about one’s performance from that observation, and
- modelling one’s behaviour.
Social learning occurs either through direct or indirect contact. Direct contact refers to face-to-face interactions, and indirect contact refers to virtual interactions on social media and digital tools.
Social learning in a digital setting is built on traditional learning foundations such as the behaviourist learning theory. It is professionally proven by the 70:20:10 learning model, which holds 70% of one’s knowledge are from job-related experiences, 20% from social interactions, and 10% from formal educational events. Corporate Learning and Development experts use this model to design optimal learning in the workplace, and it is further emphasized today within modern learning systems.
Key benefits of intentionally incorporating social learning in personalised outcome-based learning:
- Improves learning retention and deeper learning experience: Real-life examples are fundamental to social learning, which aids self-reflection and a better grasp of complex concepts.
- Boost Innovation and Better Skills: Nigeria needs engineers who are creative and innovative to solve problems such as lack of electricity, need for home-grown technologies and so on. Social learning motivates learners to pursue independent learning experimentation and new knowledge, producing productive and skill-based inventors, entrepreneurs and experts.
- Future made graduates: Social learning are the fertile ground for developing soft skills such as communication, collaboration, teamwork, focus, balance, High EQ, integrity, drive and so on.
How can I implement social learning on ARGVLE LMS?
We will present a sample of how you can implement social learning on ARGVLE LMS. ARGVLE LMS is an all in one platform for immersive and blended learning. It means you can carry out teacher-led, self-paced or independent learning, peer-to-peer learning on the platform. There are unique features that we will highlight and show how you can implement them for social learning
- Live Lecture: You can set up live lectures on ARGVLE LMS, which comes with a whiteboard, where you can scribble, share screen or show more visual and immersive observation tools like tutorial videos, codes, and documents. You can ask students to collaborate with you on the whiteboard. You can choose to save your lectures for future reference to you and your students.
- Groups, Forum and Chatroom features: You can create tutorial groups, group assignments, allocate your students to groups where peers can help each other more often, seek advice, exchange ideas, topics and expertise in matters they know. It broadens their perspective and gives them impressions that help prevent mistakes and increase efficiency.
(Image below shows a sample view of learners paired for forum participation in the learning community component of a course on ARVLE LMS)
- Portfolio, Wiki and blog feature: You can set up a wiki-based on a topic as a knowledge bank for your course, where students are encouraged to populate it for points. You can encourage your students to create personalised blogs. Students can save their work as a portfolio, which they can present as proof of their capabilities in a SIWES or job application.
- Gamification: You can make learning is a motivation driven process, where learners are quickly rewarded or given another opportunity to retry. It encourages students to make several attempts until they grasp or pass a concept. It fosters an innovative spirit as failure is seen as an opportunity to be better or succeed.
(Image below illustrates gamified features in the learning assessment process of participation)
In conclusion, we facilitate your classroom experience to support teachings that will be reflected in our society in 10 years. The need for outcome-based learning can help solve some of the challenges faced by Nigeria. But it requires well-rounded citizens, which you as university administrators can help shape by investing in the right technology that will empower social learning.
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