New Term – Collagogy: The Art of Enabling Social Learning

Inevitably this was coming, but I like that it’s been coined, because it’s real, whether folks are ready for it or not:

“There are some key differences between how people learn from one another in groups versus how they learn in a traditional classroom situations. Therefore, the strategies that we use to enable learning in groups should be different than they are as traditional teachers or trainers. A new term that might capture this idea is: collagogy. Collagogy is the art of enabling social collaborative or networked learning. “Coll” is a Latin prefix, meaning “with” or “together” common derivative of com- or con-; and “-agogy” is a Greek suffix, meaning “leading, guiding, stimulating, bringing, taking, or promoting.” Combined, the word means leading, guiding, stimulating, etc. together. Think of a similar word – collaborate – which means, “to labor together”. Pedagogy is Greek for “child-leading”, and andragogy is Greek for “man-leading”. Following this format, collagogy could be described as “group-leading”.The details of what collagogy entails will require more thought and will be the premise of future blogs. For now, the basic set of strategies includes:

  • Providing an environment for social/networked/collaborative learning
  • Ensuring that learners have the knowledge and skills necessary to access and use the social learning environment and process effectively
  • Leading the culture change to embrace and employ social learning regularly
  • Designing learning solutions that maximize the social learning process
  • Encouraging informal, as-needed, just-in-time learning
  • Monitoring the social learning environment, communities, and transactions

Originally, I thought collagogy would just apply to adults and that it would be an expansion of Malcolm Knowles’ adult learning principles he called andragogy, but after reviewing the trends in both K-12 and higher education fields, I now believe that collagogy can apply to both children and adults.”

via CorpU » Blog Archive » Collagogy: The Art of Enabling Social Learning.


About KappaDiva
Learning Leader Tech Ed Advocate Empassioned Educator Perpetual Student Professional Learner Chief Learning Officer Tonya is a learning leader, instructional design, performance support and multimedia communications professional, with nearly 20 years of experience in healthcare, information systems, instructional design and training, web and creative design, internal and external marketing, PR and communications, social media, service excellence, leadership development and non-profit operations management. She is currently Director, Staff Learning & Development, Teach For America; President, A2ATD; principal and Chief Learning Officer of Kappa Beta Technology & Instruction; grad student at The University of Michigan; and author of the Learning Leader Blog (,) an emerging technologies resource for 21st century educators. She current is living in Macomb County, MI, with her cat and several Mac and iOS devices.

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