Key social learning resources: Part 6 #sociallearning

Continuing my series of key social learning resources, here is this week’s selection.

1- In Jane Bozarth’s Nuts and Bolts column for Learning Solutions Magazine,  this month she provides an excerpt from the eLearning Guild’s Report, Social Media for Learning.  After disentangling some of the  terms in use, notably “social media”, “social learning”, “social technologies”, “social platforms”, etc, she writes:.

“Learning practitioners are well advised to start paying more attention to learning as it really happens – all day, as we interact with one another, as we go about the business of executing our job tasks or schoolwork. Where do workers struggle? How much time do they spend looking for something, or someone? Where is mentoring happening? How about job shadowing? Are the organization’s workers turning for help from LinkedIn groups or Facebook communities? Where can we as learning professionals become part of the daily workflow rather than a separate entity offering formal scheduled events? How can we be partners in shared learning, rather than an outside entity only delivering it? “

2 – In Learnstreaming – Take Control of Your Online Informal Learning Experience, Dennis Callahan embeds a copy of his  learnstreaming presentation that he gave for the recent eLearning Guild Informal and Social Learning Forum:

“Think of your learning as a river  .. using time as a horizontal axis … and depth as a vertical axis”

3 – In 5 ways to disengage, Ann Bartlett-Bragg  decided that as we’re constantly reading about strategies to enable adoption, effective methods to engage staff, and lots of ways on how to become a social business it was time to address these perspectives through a different set of lens – the antithesis lens!  One of the 5 ways she mentions to disengage workers is to offer “No social spaces “
“I mean online social spaces, behind a firewall, where people can engage with their colleagues, where expertise location is simple, where sharing knowledge and resources is a naturally occurring phenomenon, and people feel better connected to each other across departments, across locations, across countries. But then, they’re supposed to be working – not socialising, aren’t they?!!”

4 – In Organizing for diversity and complexity, Harold Jarche  say he has been looking at ways to explain why social learning is so important for business today. He says, it comes down to the fact that what we know and do inside our organizations is insufficient to address external complexity or to be innovative – and explains why here.

5 – At the end of last year I wrote my Social Learning Handbook.  As I am now preparing my next book with further thinking, examples and ideas, I’ve decided to make extracts of the  Social Learning Handbook available for free online.  This is the abstract:
“It is becoming apparent that we are at the beginning of a fundamental shift in the way that both learning and working is happening in organisations. The revolution that is social media means that now everyone can have access to the Social Web and a range of services and applications to support their own as well as their team’s learning, performance and productivity. This should not be seen as a threat to Workplace Learning Professionals, but as an opportunity to take on the new challenges it offers. The first step will be to understand the changes that are taking place, and then become immersed in the new social media tools that are underpinning this change in order to help others in the organization work and learn smarter. Life in the Social Workplace is not something you just talk or read about; it’s something you do!”

One thought on “Key social learning resources: Part 6 #sociallearning

  1. Ann Foreman

    Hi Jane,

    I think understanding the concept of social learning (and putting it into practice) is an important pending issue for most teachers.
    Have just posted a link to this on the TeachingEnglish facebook page if you’d like to check there for comments.

    Please feel free to post on the page whenever you have anything you’d like to share.



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