Social learning experiences may seem more complex to manage than standard online courses. They may stretch your existing knowledge and toolset, but they can be well worth the effort, as many successful programs are already demonstrating.
Sure, you’ll find uncertainty and risk when you give learners more control over their learning process. You can’t predict how engaged they will be, how much content they will generate or whether the quality of their contributions will meet your expectations. And that’s okay.
What you lose in control may be far outweighed by the benefits to your participants and your organization. Think of delivering social learning as an iterative learning process, itself. Focus on creating the right conditions, and then stand back and see what unfolds. Chances are, you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.
Social learning is an adventure. Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the ride!