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  1. 1. Whitepaper The Seven Cs of Social Learning: How Social Learning Technologies Can Meet Today’s Business Challenges A New Approach to Social with Some Old Twists The impact of social learning tools and how they affect business is growing larger. It’s no longer a question of “if” businesses will engage in social learning, but “how” and “when”. Traditionally, organizations have wrestled with how to define social learning. Social learning can be classified as: “Any type of learning where a person learns vicariously through the observations of, or interactions with, others.” Social learning technology should enable this definition of social learning and what is now called the “Seven Cs”. Josh Bersin (Bersin & Associates) has often referred to four of them: conversation, connection, collaboration and content. While acknowledging these, there are three additional and important “Cs” in the business today: consumption, contribution and control. So, in the updated model, there are Seven Cs of social technologies: 1. Content – in the forms of knowledge-based assets, experiences and expertise – this is where it all starts. 2. Consumption - of content, as in usable, reference-able, searchable, tag-able and reusable. 3. Contribution - of content that can and should be user-generated. 4. Conversation - about content – it’s what makes it socially relevant to the business. 5. Collaboration - with others over content – it’s goal oriented and how we get things done socially. 6. Connections - made with others regarding content. In competitive business, it’s not just what you know, but who you know. Once connections are made, vicarious reinforcement follows. 7. Control - this is the most important and relevant “C” enterprises are dealing with today. Social learning technologies should enable customers to govern the continuum of openness and control as it applies to their business. Social technologies should enable providers and users to navigate the Seven Cs while remaining meaningful to the workflow of the business. 1
  2. 2. The Seven Cs of Social Learning: How Social LearningTechnologies Can Meet Today’s Business Challenges Adoption Still on the Rise Despite the economy, the International Data Corporation (IDC) predicts that the U.S. online community software market will grow from $278.4 million in 2008 to $1.6 billion in 2013 at a compounded annual growth rate of nearly 42%. Increases in learning technology spending in combination with a predicted growth potential of about 400% for the community software market indicate the proliferation of new social learning technologies. Additionally, Bersin & Associates report that, despite the economy and a drop in overall learning technology spending, the use of social learning technologies for business continue to rise with 24% of U.S.-based companies adopting them in 2009. From a consumer-based perspective, in the May 2010 issue of Training + Development magazine, Pat Galagan reported that the Internet has become the common place to share what we are reading, thinking and listening to: • 33% of adults post to social sites such as Facebook and Twitter at least once a week • 60% maintain a social networking profile • 70% read blogs, tweets and watch videos online With respect to who is using social, market trends and data indicate that large businesses and the technology and business service segments are making the most use of social learning, while small business is the fastest growing segment. Still, across the board and regardless of size or industry, the use and adoption of social learning technologies continues to grow and more companies are recognizing the value that they can bring to the business. Bersin also reports the top three learning and development priorities for the past three years remain: 1. Increasing the effectiveness of learning programs 2. Integration with performance and competency management initiatives 3. Reducing costs and improving efficiencies In order to compete effectively in a global economy, more organizations are recognizing the need to adapt and innovate as open cultures. More are adopting social technologies that enable conversation, connectivity, collaboration, consumption and contribution of content - within and between their employees, partners, customers and prospects. Organizations need to enable their customers while allowing them to govern openness and control as it applies to their business. The following table provides insight into the ways organizations can and do use social technologies to address the Seven Cs within their 2
  3. 3. The Seven Cs of Social Learning: How Social LearningTechnologies Can Meet Today’s Business Challenges Use Cases for Social Technologies Based on the Seven Cs Seven C Focal Scenario Point(s) Provide on-demand access to real-time discussion, Connection, Content, training, support and expertise. and Consumption Foster on-the job social learning through communities All of practice (common interest) or purpose (common goals). Crowd-source real-time “HowTo”-type information Content and with YouTube videos, images and URLs. Contribution Allow users to interact through wikis, blogs, discussion All forums and repositories. Conduct focus groups and solicit feedback on Conversation and products, services and courseware. Collaboration Grant real-time access to thought leaders, instructors Connection and and subject matter experts. Conversation Provide learning environments where coaches, All mentors and instructors can interact, share knowledge, or teach learners in community or programmed instructional settings. Share and hyper-distribute new product and service Connection information to Twitter, Google and Facebook using synaptic Web 3.0 technologies. Support and moderate all levels of Seven-C capable All interaction from B2E, B2C, B2P, E2E, C2C, P2P and P2C. Competitive Challenge Today’s customers of e-learning and social technologies are demanding more for their users, operations and business. These demands include the ability to customize the look, feel and functions of their learning management systems to meet the needs of their employees, partners and customers. Social and real- time Web services, what is commonly referred to as Web 2.0 on the Internet and Enterprise 2.0 in business contexts, provide opportunities to meet these needs in the form of widgets and social Web applications. Factor in the needs of the extended enterprise where fast growing companies are educating their partners and customers and marketing their products and services, and the need to socially spread the word while engaging your users becomes more powerful and more relevant to the 3
  4. 4. The Seven Cs of Social Learning: How Social LearningTechnologies Can Meet Today’s Business Challenges At a business level, three challenges continue to bubble to the surface— governance, adoption and culture: 1. Governance: Organizations are concerned with protecting their intellectual property, image and brand. Social learning technologies can resolve this by employing policies that make sense for the business while, at a technology level, providing the enterprise with that last “C” – control. 2. Adoption: Social business technologies need to emulate the best of consumer-based social networking applications. Think about Twitter, Digg and Facebook. These tools solve the problems of rating, review, commenting, real-time updates and all the Seven Cs with simple functionality and simple interface designs. Social learning technologies need to leverage familiar interface designs that emulate these tools so they are easy to administer and easy to use. 3. Corporate Culture: Some organizations are open cultures—conducive to information sharing and collaboration. Others are more closed cultures and need more time to adapt; but it’s important to acknowledge, most businesses recognize the impact of social learning technologies and the power they bring to the enterprise. Remember, it’s no longer a question of “if” businesses will engage in social learning, but “how” and “when”. These mission critical needs present an opportunity for organizations and their customers. Organizations must recognize that social learning technologies need to add value to the workflow and how it relates to the business context. At the same time, the ability to contribute, consume and collaboratively interact upon content should be easy to access, use and administer for employee development and the extended 4
  5. 5. The Seven Cs of Social Learning: How Social Learning Technologies Can Meet Today’s Business Challenges More Information For more information, send an email to About SumTotal SumTotal Systems, Inc. is the global leader strategic Human Capital Management (HCM) solutions that provide organizations with a new level of visibility to help make more informed business decisions and accelerate growth. Recognized by industry analysts as the most complete solution, SumTotal provides full employee lifecycle management, including a core system of record, from a single provider for improved business intelligence. The company offers customers of all sizes and industries the most flexibility and choice with multiple purchase, configuration, and deployment options. We have increased the performance of the world’s largest organizations including Sony Electronics (NYSE: SNE), AstraZeneca (NYSE: AZN [ADR]; London: AZN), Amway (KUL:AMWAY), Seagate (NYSE: STX), Dell (NASDAQ:DELL), and Google (NASDAQ:GOOG). For more information, or to request a demo, please call +1 (866) 768-6825 (US / Canada), +1 (352) 264-2800 (international) or visit www.sumtotalsystems.comCorporate Headquarters EMEA APACSumTotal Systems, Inc. SumTotal Systems, UK SumTotal Systems India Pvt. Ltd. © 2011 SumTotal Systems, Inc. All rights reserved. SumTotal, and the SumTotal2850 NW 43rd Street 59-60 Thames Street 7th Floor Maximus Towers logo, are registered trademarks or trademarks of SumTotal Systems, Inc. and/orSuite #200 Windsor, Berkshire Building 2B, Mind Space its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other names may beGainesville, FL 32606 USA United Kingdom, SL4 1TX Raheja IT Park, Cyberabad trademarks of their respective owners. 11_0721LSPhone: +1 352 264 2800 Phone: +44 (0) 1753 211 900 Hyderabad, AP-500081, IndiaFax: +1 352 264 2801 Fax: +44 (0) 1753 211 901 Phone: +91 (0) 40 6695 0000 Fax: +91 (0) 40 2311 5