Studying with friends has always been more fun than learning alone. But education research has discovered that the benefits of studying with peers go way beyond social. By helping one another course participants are more likely to completely understand and remember the topics better. All kinds of peer learning have been shown to be very effective in terms of boosting focus, motivation and depth of understanding. Online learning that has often been associated with isolated self-paced learning has evolved in several interesting ways to include peer learning and the results have been extremely encouraging. Here are a few features of peer learning in a blended environment that can help course participants:
- Non traditional way of learning – learning by teaching: Research has proved that cognitive process of explaining solutions, dealing with misunderstandings and questions will help us embed the knowledge even further into our memory and enhance our understanding of the subject. Discussion and co-studying with peers helps with this kind of deep learning. In a blended learning environment, student centered activities that encourages actively engaging with the course subjects in various collaborative ways with peers helps a great deal.
- Capturing tacit knowledge of employees: In today’s world, knowledge plays a crucial role in achieving competitive knowledge, but not all knowledge can be easily captured. When using traditional knowledge management tools fail to get hold of tacit knowledge that is deeply embedded in the minds of human capital, it can only be leveraged and harnessed with managed socialization. This is the missing link in most organizations and can be brought forth by peer learning for upskilling in organizations.
- Opportunity to connect learner’s from different teams and competency irrespective of age or geographical constraints: With engagement of blended learning methods that encourages peer learning, organizations can give course participants a chance to connect with other teams and people with several different job roles within the organization that gives them all a good perspective of organization processes, making them more empathetic and closely woven in the organization’s culture. This kind of peer interaction also helps solidify the commitment of employees for the organization by strengthening the sense of belonging.
- More effective way as it is experience based: Peer learning has its basis in exchanging information in a more unofficial fashion. Here the senior employees share information and experience in a socially managed environment. The more experienced peer naturally turns guide to the less experienced ones, allowing room for open discussions and queries.
The features and benefits are unending and this is why leading tech evangelists like IIHT instantly adopt principles of peer learning into their highly effective learning management systems creating path breaking methods of learning. For more, go to els.iiht.com