Gone are the days of isolated learning, development and interaction.
Advances in technology and online social interaction has meant that we are now open to a plethora of information when a gap in knowledge needs to be filled.
And yet, absorbing knowledge in isolation isn’t the most effective way to evolve and develop.
Collaborative social environments that allow peers to share knowledge benefits the entire group in numerous ways.
Ease and speed: Problems and questions don’t arise in a measured or planned way. We often require answers to our off the cuff questions as quickly as possible. Having a community of experts at your finger tips allows for a speedy and easy way to find the required solution.
Increased Intellectual levels:Individuals in collaborative environments perform at a higher intellectual level. The active exchanging, negotiating and debating of ideas, topics and solutions amongst peer groups means that individuals within the group learn more of what they are taught or retain more of what they know.
Group diversity: Collaboration with individuals from numerous backgrounds and areas of expertise offers a broader and greater set of solutions. Numerous interpretations, explanations or answers forces individuals to re-think their own viewpoints. This helps evolve the combined development of the group understanding. Similarly, a diverse group of experts agreeing on a solution adds immediate validity and security to the viewpoint.
Low Cost: Face to face seminars, lectures and courses can cost a lot in both monetary, time and commitment measurements. A membership cost for environments can equal and far outshine face to face development for a fraction of the cost.
World of Talent: Normally, accessing a global database of the best minds and experts at a time that suits you is impossible. With a community built on accountable interaction, individuals can access any expert opinion at an instant.
Up to date trends: Writing books and journals, preparing lectures and seminars all have a long lead time. This often means, in our fast paced modern world, that these sources of content may not contain the latest up to date information. Within an online environment, edits, comments and influence is instantaneous and at the cutting edge of discovery.
Individual accountability: within a community of like-minded peers we naturally create a team mentality. Being accountable to this shared environment means that engaging in discussion and taking responsibility for your own teaching or learning inspires everyone to become critical thinkers. We become the best we can for ourselves and the group.
Experience led: Peer expert communities allow for interaction and solutions that are based on actual experiences. Therefore answers are often based on real world scenarios rather than data led examples. This allows for a greater understanding of a topic, greater engagement in the discussion and an increased faith in its validity.