While there are growing complaints about humans losing abilities to memorize, calculate, and spell, there is no doubt that mankind is becoming more intelligent. The online world makes it possible to learn all the time. A person can grow his or her intelligence without ever going to school. This is known as informal knowledge.
Informal knowledge is so effective that incorporated entities are beginning to take notice. This is why many businesses seek to establish online workspaces that host social learning communities. To accomplish this, they look to social learning management systems (LMSs).
Some businesses see LMSs as nothing more than training portals. When a social LMS is implemented, however, social learning communities can form, creativity raises, collaboration multiplies, and informal knowledge increases.
The Best Training Portal is a Social LMS
Training precedes business success while fresh ideas create new products and services. This can confuse the balance that exists between workers, administrators, and decision makers. With an online training portal these barriers are abolished. Everyone can connect to learn procedures and protocols, as well as brainstorm next steps together.
A social LMS can grow a workforce exponentially by making it possible to connect people and establish social learning communities like never before. Here are some examples of how online training portals make this possible:
- Realtime communication and messaging
- Group conversations happen anywhere, at any time, with anyone
- Create action teams regardless of team member locations
- Utilize a company wide database for information sharing and archives
- Keep track of individual learning paths within the organization
- Distribute mass communications and curriculum
The goal of a social LMS is to create an environment where people can grow their intelligences in effective ways. When businesses implement LMSs, social learning communities form to encourage employee collaboration and information sharing in ways that increase informal knowledge. This type of training portal benefits business administrators too by offering a simple way to compile and distribute material, track individual progress, and provide advanced workspace options like mobile learning and online classrooms.
TOPYX® is a social LMS that invites social learning communities to use a multitude of collaboration features. The capabilities of TOPYX include and surpass the examples listed above. Request a free demo of TOPYX to find out more.
There are many debates regarding human intelligence in the technological age. While no conclusion will please everyone, it is safe to say people are getting smarter in different ways. Informal knowledge may be a new concept, but it is effective. No debate.
Jeffrey A. Roth
Vice President, Marketing and Communications
Interactyx / interactyx.com