Peer learning is an educational method in which students engage with one another in group formats to achieve learning goals. It’s where “students learn from and with each other in both formal and informal ways.”
It’s collaborative in nature. And it departs from the typical lecture-style classroom experience. And while it’s used and accepted across many educational settings, it is still often overlooked as a training method for businesses.
The reality is, though, because the benefits of peer learning are universal. And you can even apply them to the corporate setting — and should be. Keep reading below to discover five incredible ways your organization and employees could benefit from peer learning!
When you implement peer learning (through scheduled meetings or quick encounters), it’s good for communication. And your employees will learn how to better talk with one another and across departments.
How? Well, your staff will need to collaborate and communicate to discover the answers to their questions and challenges. This will force them to communicate in ways that everyone understands. And it will make everyone else better listeners.
Along with improved communication, peer learning also provides a safe space to practice creative bravery.
As a result, your employees will learn that it’s okay to fail because failure is part of the process. It will help remove stress (read on here). And through trial and error, your teams will uncover original and creative solutions.
Peer learning is a test kitchen for your teams to have fun and practice their most innovative and unique ideas.
Peer learning empowers employees! If your teams aren’t worried about failing and feel encouraged towards creativity, they’ll gain confidence.
Confidence doesn’t live in a vacuum! You can rest assured that these emotions will carry into everything else. And you’re equipping them for a more confident and courageous workflow.
Authentic, Vulnerable Teams
Of course, if peer learning only produced confidence, you might have to deal with a lot of pride and conflict.
Thankfully, because peer learning is rooted in service, it doesn’t allow much room for cockiness. Yes, it encourages learners to gain confidence but it does so for the purpose of serving the greater community.
Why? Because when you’re committed to learning from your colleagues, you have to adopt a posture of vulnerability that says “I still have lots to learn.” And when you’re committed to serving your colleagues, you have to adopt a mentality that says “this isn’t about being right, wrong, or well-perceived, but it’s about finding the strongest solution and creating opportunities for my coworkers.”
It goes without saying, but when your business teams learn to communicate well, work with humble confidence, and explore their most creative selves — good things happen!
Through peer learning, your teams will be healthier than ever and create your’ strongest solutions yet.
Implement Peer Learning and Revolutionize Your Business!
So, what are you waiting for? When you’re ready to implement your next phase of corporate training, consider implementing peer learning. You won’t be disappointed with the results!
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