In our experience, sociocracy is best learned both by experience and by explicit training. Simply learning by watching does not seem to be enough to pick it up. On the other hand, explicit training cannot replace real-life experience. When designing your onboarding process, keep both aspects in mind!
Another dimension is that a lot of repetition is needed to learn well. Many processes are not needed as often (like election processes) and can easily get forgotten. Also, there is a lot of re-learning that’s needed. Therefore, think of it as ongoing education.
For more information, check out our handbook Many Voices One Song sections 6.10.5 and 6.11