Knowledge sharing may be the best way to take your online classes to the next level. The thing about learning online is that you lack physical contact with other people. While learning on your own may be a great option for busy people, maintaining a healthy level of interaction with people going through the same learning experience can be enriching.
But what exactly is knowledge sharing? It is simply the idea of giving and receiving information from other people. Knowledge sharing can also be called social learning or peer-based learning. It is a type of informal learning because learners usually rely on what they see and observe around them to improve their knowledge and skills. The fact that it promotes informal learning is one of the main reasons why it is very valuable to online classes. Most people learn more through informal learning than formal learning. After all, we spend more time outside the classroom. But beyond that, here are other reasons why knowledge sharing can be a great asset to your online courses.
For productivity and efficiency. The first benefit is productivity and efficiency in the learning process. As mentioned, people get to give and receive information. When this happens, you are tapping into a great source of information – the human brain and experience. There may be insights that you would never have thought of because you have a different experience compared to others. After all, our background and past experiences influence how be perceive things. Through knowledge sharing, you get to have access to a wider resource. This makes the learning experience more productive and efficient.
For learner engagement. To heighten the learning experience and retention, learner engagement should be enhanced. Learners are motivated to share what they have in mind when you implement knowledge sharing. This is a great way to practice engagement in the learning process. The learners are also able to create a personalized experience since they are more involved.
For peer-based feedback. When you are sharing insights and relying on what you observe for learning, this strengthens peer-based feedback. Knowledge sharing makes the participants more attuned to what is going on around them. They are more inclined to provide accurate and concrete feedback about the online classes. This is valuable for future classes. You can improve them based on the feedback that the learners provided through their observation of the learning experience.
For online collaboration. Finally, knowledge can benefit online classes by instilling the value of working together. If the elearning course involves a team of managers and their workers, this is a great way for them to strengthen teamwork. Managers can get a better understanding of how their workers think and learn. It can establish a higher level of respect between workers. This can translate to a more efficient and harmonious working relationship.
The great thing about knowledge sharing is that you are tapping into data that is already in the minds of the participants. You are just encouraging them to bring it out in the open for everyone to learn from it. This does not only benefit the recipients of information. The giver also develops the skill that will make them a great team player for the company. This will help them get used to a supportive culture within the workplace.
Through all of these, knowledge sharing in online classes will hit a lot of birds with one stone. For one, both knowledge and ethics are improved in the process. That is one of the things that make this strategy very valuable.
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