New Directions Presents on Social Learning

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New Directions Partners with the American Society for Training and Development to Offer Workshop on Social Learning

New Directions Consulting, a training and development firm in southern Vermont will partner with the The Hudson-Mohawk Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development to offer a workshop entitled: Learning in the New Millennium: How Social Technologies Are Framing the Discussion. The workshop will be held at the Sunmark Federal Credit Union Headquarters on Friday, December 16th at 8AM.

The workshop focuses on the evolution of social learning and how the recent emergence of social technologies has acted as a catalyst for growth in the employee development industry. Social learning is the idea that we learn and gain insight primarily through our social interactions with other people. In fact 80% of all learning happens through some sort of social interaction, and only 10% through structured, classroom teachings. The workshop highlights the origins of learning, how to spot paradigm shifts, the social learning model, and the use of social technologies to enhance workplace learning.

Michael Harrington and Matthew Harrington of New Directions will be the trainers of the workshop. Michael Harrington is the Director of Client Relations with New Directions and Matthew Harrington is Subject Matter Expert on Social Technologies. “When we were approached by the H-M ASTD to do a workshop in December, it was almost immediate that everyone around the table thought about the impact of social media on our industry of teaching,” stated Matthew Harrington. “In fact, we’re seeing a real paradigm shift from the classical, formal way of teaching employees which has made up a majority of our industry for decades, to a combination of the classical approach and a much more informal, social, find-out-on-your-own way of teaching and learning. Perhaps the most interesting thing is that individuals are taking it upon themselves to become more educated through these new social platforms, as opposed to learning solely directed by the company or organization.” Michael Harrington remarks.

“At this point, I think our role is to give the information to the leaders in this industry about what is out there and what is possible,” continues Michael Harrington. “We feel that eventually the shift will occur and organizations will need to adapt to a more social style of learning and educating, however, our goal is not to convince the participants in this workshop – just to inform them that the potential is there and how might they prepare for it.”

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