Social LMS Increases Learner Engagement and Collaboration

Social learning, also called informal learning, was theorized by the famous psychologist, Albert Bandura, and labeled learning as a cognitive process that should take place in a social environment where people cooperate with one another to fuel the learning process. His whole belief rested on the idea that humans beings learn in social, interactive environments that keep them engaged in the material.

In the words of the great Benjamin Franklin, “Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

A study published in the US National Library of Medicine tested the science behind social learning and the theory that humans learn exponentially better from other human beings than from machines. The study found that steadily increasing a robot’s social behaviors simultaneously increased the student’s willingness to learn. If you relate this to the learning platform world, it would be to say that LMS is like a robot and the more you increase its social behaviors, the more likely you are to have success in your training initiatives. So came the birth of the idea for the social LMS.

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