Are Your Subject Matter Experts Still Relevant?

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Are your Subject Matter Experts Still Relevant?

Can you rely on your Subject Matter Experts completely for corporate training? Read on to find out.

Is your organization facing difficulty with achieving learning targets? Does your company have a majority of millennial workforce? Are you heavily relying on your subject matter experts (SMEs) for training? If your answer is yes to these questions, it is time to re-think your learning strategy and we have the solution for you.

Evolution of Learning Techniques

Corporate learning has evolved over the years. Organizations can no longer rely on old methods of instructor- led training (ILT) because learners have evolved and they consume knowledge in different ways. This evolution can be attributed to adoption of technology in everyday life, boom of millennials in workforce, and most importantly because today’s learners are social learners. They seek information on-the-go, at the time of need from their peers, mentors apart from just subject matter experts. In order to provide training that learners will leverage, companies need to adopt modern ways of learning including mobile, and social, in combination with training provided by SMEs.

The Shift in Learning

Old methods of learning where companies depend heavily on their SMEs for training comes with a lot of risk including scarcity of resources to provide training at the time of need, difficulty to access information at the right time as it was often buried in department folders, and knowledge- loss crisis with the exist of SMEs from the organization.

How can organizations overcome these challenges? By adopting technologies that support social learning to leverage knowledge gathered by their SMEs and share it across the organization.

Social Learning

Social learning is an informal collaborative way of learning from colleagues and subject matter experts through discussions, Q&A threads, videos and other user generated content sources for exchanging and acquiring information. Nowadays, more and more companies are recognizing social learning  as a valuable aspect of their corporate training strategy. According to a post by Brandon Hall Group, “coaching and mentoring, mobile learning, and social learning are the most critical components for tailoring learning for individual needs in the immediate future.” Learning technology like Docebo Coach and Share is enabling companies to deliver learner-centric, informal and social learning experiences. Workplaces have only to capitalize on this learning opportunity to accelerate the business impact of learning strategy.

There are many benefits of social learning. Is your organization ready to leverage its advantages?

For more insights on why your organization should adopt social learning techniques, download our report: Role of Subject Matter Experts in L&D.