@jentolbert tweeted, “curious, do you think companies are TRULY embracing social learning?”
I don’t think I can limit my reply to 140 characters … except to brusquely say “yes and no” or “perhaps, it depends.”
So, let the blogging begin.
I would imagine that there are, frankly, quite a few companies that use social media in some way for learning … most likely for informal learning. (Interesting! Elliott Masie just launched a survey on this very topic – perhaps we’ll get a good dataset if enough company reps respond.)
Part of the problem is how one may define social media in the first place. I’ve had conversations where folks assert it as just social networks, like of the Facebook, LinkedIn or MySpace ilk. Other folks include other web2.0 things like blogs, wikis, podcasting, etc.
Then I can see several individuals talking ad-infinitum about what is meant by “TRULY embracing” … Does it mean adopting the technology to enable social learning? Or perhaps it means that a group in the organization has taken on the mantle of “social learning champions” who promote it every chance they can. Or maybe it means that the organization’s culture has been transformed in some way.
So, one can answer ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to the question of whether a company truly embraces social learning depending on how one defines things.
What is your take?