Surfing the Collaboration Wave: How to spread the benefits of Collaborative Learning across your organisation

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    As Head of Collaborative Learning at 10Eighty (and a seasoned  Jive enthusiast!), I'm very proud to sharing with this community the work that we have been doing to help explain to decision makers how to understand and make the case for collaborative learning in their organisation. It's all uploaded in "Surfing the Collaboration Wave: How to spread the benefits of Collaborative Learning across your organisation".

     

    We have observed that while many "get" collaboration, they don't know how to talk about it with real business value in a workplace context. And of course in the spirit of this community - please DO share this with whomsoever you wish. Here's a short summary of the paper below. Please let me know how you find it and any ideas you may have around how we can we can "up" the level of understanding and action amongst those who want to "talk" collaboration but struggle to get going in making the case ...

     

    The Challenges (from page 5)

     

    • We all collaborate with each other in our everyday lives, but we miss many opportunities to collaborate more closely in the way we work and learn.

    • At the same time, old models of learning at work are no longer effective - people forget 70% of formal learning within 1 week – while nearly 9 in 10 of employees say they learn what they need through collaborating with colleagues.

    • Technology means that collaboration at work has never been easier. Many see the potential for collaborative learning but don’t know how to show its business value in a workplace context.

     

    Surfing the Collaboration Wave (from page 8)

     

    We engaged a panel of 100 leading HR and L&D practitioners in the UK and internationally in surveys and interviews, to show how businesses can harness the potential of collaborative learning. Our research revealed that those who place collaborative learning at the centre of their organisational learning strategy:

     

    • Register significantly higher take up in all other L&D interventions; and

    • Enjoy average engagement scores around 10% higher than those that do not.

    • In addition, two-thirds (67%) of those surveyed say that a more collaborative approach to working and learning would help boost productivity by at least 5% in their organisation.

     

    We have called this relationship The Collaborative Learning Wave Effect™ because, like a stone dropped in the water, it causes waves to ripple out from the centre, encouraging more effective use of other forms of learning, positively affecting engagement levels and boosting productivity and performance.

     

    Where will Collaborative Learning make the biggest difference? (from page 19)

     

    To make the best business case, advocates need to know where collaborative learning can have the biggest impact in the shortest period of time. Our research told us that:

     

    • Three-quarters of our respondents (75%) felt that leadership development would be the biggest beneficiary from a more collaborative approach.

    • Roughly the same number (77%) felt that collaborative learning would promote a “project mentality” in the business – that is to say learning in specific situations or projects through sharing knowledge across the business.

    • Nearly half (47%) believed that a more collaborative approach would help career development and career induction programmes.

     

    Frequently Asked Questions about Collaborative Learning (from page 23)

     

    • Does successful Collaborative Learning depend on senior sponsorship?

    • How do we get collaboration through to our middle managers?

    • Can any size of business embrace collaborative learning?